long black veil, the

THE CHIEFTAINS

  • [1] German edition
  • [2] U.S. edition

Members: Paddy Moloney, Seán Keane, Kevin Conneff, Matt Molloy
Genres: Celtic Music, Irish Folk Music

basic information

release date 1995 Jan, 23 [1,3], 1995 Jan. 24 [2,4]
country of manufacture Germany, U.S.
label RCA [1,3], RCA Victor [2,4]
catalog no. 74321 25167 4 [3], 09026-62702-4 [4] {Cass.}, 74321 25167 2 [1], 09026-62702-2 [2] {CD}
format Cass. [3,4], CD [1,2³]
note of registration (P)1995 ©1995 BMG Music [1-4]
recording Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin by Brian Masterson assisted by Alistair McMillan
mixing Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin by Brian Masterson assisted by Alistair McMillan
mastering n/a
production Paddy Moloney
credits n/a

musicians

Mark Knopfler guitar, vocals
Paul Brady 5) guitar
Martin Fay fiddle † 1)
Seán Keane 5) fiddle 1)
Kevin Conneff bodhrán, vocals 1)
Matt Molloy flute 1)
Paddy Moloney uillean pipes, tin whistle 1)
Derek Bell † harp, tiompán, keyboards 1)

tracks [CD]

6 Lily of the west, the (5:10)

lyrics

6

The Lily of the west
(Traditional; arr.: P. Moloney, Mark Knopfler, P. Brady)

When first I came to Ireland
some pleasure for to find
It's there I spied a damsel fair
Most pleasing to my mind
Her rosy cheeks and sparkling eyes
Like arrows pierce my breast
And they call her lovely Molly-O,
The Lily of the West

One day as I was walking
down by a shady grove
I spied a lord of high degree
Conversing with my love
As she sang a song delightfully while
I was sorely pressed
I bid adieu to Molly-O
The Lily of the West

Well I stepped up with rapier
and my dagger in my hand
and I dragged him from my false love
and boldly bid him stand
but being mad with desperation
I swore I'd pierce his breast
I was then deceived by Molly-O
The Lily of the West

I then did stand my trial
and boldly I did plea
A flaw was in my indictment found
and that soon had me free
That beauty bright I did adore
The judge did her address
Now go you faithless Molly-O
The Lily of the West

Now that I've gained my liberty
a-rowin' I will go
I'll ramble through old Ireland
and travel Scotland o'er
Though she thought to swore my life away
She still disturbs my rest
I still must style her Molly-O
The Lily of the West.

Published by Chariscourt Ltd / Rondor & Rondor Music (London) Ltd /ASCAP / Chrysalis Songs / BMI

notes

1) Which additional musicians play in this song is not clear from the accompanying material of the album.
3) Source Golden Guide [C]

taken from the booklet:

Mark Knopfler and Paddy Moloney
Mark Knopfler and Paddy Moloney Sportsfile

I first heard this song back in the 1960s, when traditionel ballad singing was undergoiing somethig of a renaissance. Orginally an English street ballad of "boadside", I believe it became very popular in America in the 19th Century. The original air can be found in Sing out - The Folk Song Magazine, Vol. 7 and Colm O'Louchlann's Iriush Street Ballade. This air is very similar to another ballad. The Lakes of Pontchartrain, as recorded By Paul Brady, and it was this version that Mark preferred to use.

also available

cover year country of manufacture format label catalog no. note of registration
2004 USA CD³ mobile fidelity sound lab / BMG UDCD 762 (C) + (P) 1995 BMG Music / (C) 2004 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Inc.
[2008] [China] CD Starsing Records / BMG SXLA0032 (C) + (P) BMG Music
2013 Japan CD Sony Music / BMG Music / RCA /Victor 88765440082 (P) 1995 BMG Music (C) 2013 Sony Music Entertainment Hong Kong Ltd.

additional release of this album

long black veil = tears of stone        
       
2001        
  • cassettes
  • promos
  • videos

1 2                
               

    1 [3]
    German edition:
    label: RCA catalog no.: catalog no.: 74321 25167 4 note of registration: © & ℗ 1995 BMG Music

    2 [4]
    US-American edition:
    label: RCA Victor catalog no.: 74321 25167 4 note of registration: © & ℗ 1995 BMG Music

cassette

                   

  • Video  release date: 03.04.1995  country of manufacture: UK  label: RCA / BMG Video  catalog no.: 74321 27215 3   note of registration: (C) 1995
  • Video  release date: 03.04.1995  country of manufacture: UK  label: RCA / BMG Video  catalog no.: 74321 27215 3   note of registration: (C) 1995
  • LD (12")  release date: ?  country of manufacture: Japan  label: BMG Video / RCA  catalog no.: BVLP-126  note of registration: ?
  • DVD  release date: 05.09.2000  country of manufacture: U.S.A.  label: BMG Special Products  catalog no.: 09026-68192-9  note of registration: (P) 2000 BMG Special Products

revised
06.07.2018