"Down by the Glenside (The Bold Fenian Men)" was a song sung to Henry Gordon Jago Jr by his mother, Ruby Valentine, when he was scared. When he believed his father, Henry Gordon Jago Sr, to be dying, he sung the song to him. (AUDIO: Jago & Son)
'Twas down by the glenside, I met an old woman
A-plucking young nettles, she ne'er saw me coming
I listened a while to the song she was humming
Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men
When I was a young girl, their marching and drilling
Awoke in the glenside sounds awesome and thrilling
They loved dear old Ireland, to die they were willing
Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men.
Behind the scenes Edit
- Jago and Litefoot takes place in the 1890s, but in the real world "Down by the Glenside" was composed around 1916. In fact, Maurice, the story immediately following Jago & Son, establishes 1909 to be quite a way into the future.