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Fiddler's Green Lyrics

Artist: The Tragically Hip
Album: Road Apples

september seventeen for a girl i know, it's mother's day her son has gone alee and that's where he will stay wind on the
weathervane tearing blue eyes sailor-mean as falstaff sings a sorrowful refrain for a boy in fiddler's green

his tiny knotted heart well i guess it never worked too good the timber tore apart and the water gorged the wood you can hear
her whispered prayer for men at masts that always lean that the same wind that moves her hair moves her boy through fiddler's
green

he doesn't know a soul and there's nowhere that he's really been but he won't travel long alone no, not in fiddler's green
balloons all filled with rain as children's eyes turn sleepy-mean and falstaff sings a sorrowful refrain for a boy in fiddler's green

Comments/Interpretations

by anon on 7/6/2008 11:38pm
awwwwww yeaaaahh
by Perry on 7/8/2008 12:36pm
It's - "her son is gonna leave"
by bob on 7/25/2008 5:01pm
no its not
by Rob on 7/25/2008 11:44pm
Fiddlers Green is the place where sailers go when they die...
by Pinsent on 7/28/2008 10:33am
Alee means-Sailing in the opposite direction to the wind. thats the right lyric.
by Scott on 8/22/2008 1:54pm
Just fuckin' beautiful.

by peyton on 9/3/2008 9:49pm
fiddlers green is the afterlife imagined by sailors
by coca cola on 10/15/2008 7:23pm
the hip is sweet
by Cody on 11/13/2008 1:18am
very very righteous song very righteous.
by chad on 11/24/2008 6:37pm
best canadian music..by far
by Alec on 12/8/2008 7:06pm
Just love it
by LOGAN on 12/25/2008 8:00pm
thats the first song a ever learned it s beatiful damnite
by john on 1/9/2009 1:30pm
bob and pinsent are right, perry you are wrong, chad is also wrong, it is a very good canadian song, but there is plenty of other good music in canada -here is a short list of exceptional canadian songwriters and performers, geoff berner, melwood cutlery, gordon lightfoot, the rheostatics, amelia curran,the list could go on and on and on and on
by Alison Pyke on 1/9/2009 11:39pm
He's gone but not even close to forgotten. He was a child gone through "Fiddler's Green".
by smithers on 1/11/2009 8:45pm
is this a true story of someone?
by Her on 1/14/2009 11:36pm
Gordon Lightfoot is alright but show me a song that can force you to feel emotion as the tragically hip do, and then on that same cd, got you jumpin up and down attempting some sad imitation of them. Greatest Canadian Artists by far. :) And i don't even know this sites name so I wouldn't bother writing some snappy comeback that I'll likely never see.
by bart simpson on 1/25/2009 9:18pm
the hip arent just the best band in canada they are the best in the world!
by Rosewood on 4/4/2009 5:07pm
the complexity and simplicity of this song make it one of the most inspiring that ive heard. the tragically hip are truly genius'. gordy effing rocks!
by Seth on 4/22/2009 11:29pm
Fiddlers Green

Halfway down the trail to hell
in a shady meadow green
are the souls of all dead troopers camped
near a good old-time canteen
and this eternal resting place
is known as fiddlers green

go to wiki and look up fiddlers green, it's a sad fucking son man
by Benson on 6/3/2009 6:31pm
this is a great song.. sad, but great
by G-Dub on 6/16/2009 3:24pm
Tragically Hip are amazing, and you are all wrong... they are the second best Canadian group... The best is Rush by far. But this is such a great song, good to learn for young guitar players
by Mike on 6/24/2009 5:12pm
This is the story of Gord Downie's nephew (sister's son) who died when he was just an infant.

Downie and his band mates have admitted they cried for days upon writing this song, and that emotion is certainly evident in each and every word.

Until June 19, 2009 in Victoria BC, the song had never been played live.
by Holla@YoBoy on 7/29/2009 9:05pm
A what beauty. Rush use to be my Fav Canadian band until the Hip came out. Now the Hip and Rush are forever tied for the greatest bands ever.
by Brando. on 8/8/2009 10:20am
This song is about gord downies nephew who had cancer and died when he was an infant. He compares him to an old vessel and how the "timbers broke" as symbolism to show his broken body. fiddler's green is kind of a sailor heaven as its been said before and thats where he has gone in reference to his sailor symbolism. they havnt played the song in concert until oct. 28th 2006 in calgary. theyve only play4ed it a handful of times because it is to dramatic for gord downie. and for those wondering who falstaff is he was a popular shakespear character who was a jokester but also a very wise man. Overall this is a dramatic song written by an amazing group of people who represent canada as the new capital of music for the world.
by Idaho on 9/17/2009 9:45am
Listening to Yer Favourites in the car this Sept 17th morning and Fiddler's Green came on. Just saw the Hip in Edmonton. Best Canadian band ever. Sad song.
by Karlito on 1/22/2010 11:53pm
had to come see why he chose this song to song @ the Canada Haiti Relief Telethon......now I know after reading ALL the comments. So sad that children & infants had to die. May they forever sleep with the angles. :'(
by Karlito on 1/22/2010 11:53pm
had to come see why he chose this song to sing @ the Canada Haiti Relief Telethon......now I know after reading ALL the comments. So sad that children & infants had to die. May they forever sleep with the angles. :'(
by whoever on 10/17/2010 8:04pm
missing the 'ohhh nothings changed ...' chorus between the 2nd and 3rd verses
by yo momma on 11/17/2010 2:33pm
rush sucks
by ALEE is correct on 12/8/2010 11:18am
Song employs nautical imagery - Alee is down wind. "gone alee" is correct, although "gonna leave" conveys essentially the same meaning.
by Rom Morrison on 3/10/2011 11:18am
Yo Momma....seriously, you have got to be kidding, Rush is probably one of the top ten bands of all time, world-wide, where have you been and what are you on???...The Hip are a truly Canadian band an icon just like Rush...rock on friends!!
by Turd Ferguson on 3/18/2011 3:40am
Mitsou is the greatest Canadian musician ever. Also Shawn Desman
by hellloooo on 3/21/2011 9:58pm
the guess who? no? nobody? probably one of the greatest and most influential groups of all fucking time people. You can't bring up the topic of Canadian rock music with out bringing up The Guess Who, The Hip, Rush, even more recent bands like The Trews, Sloane, Hey Rosetta! These guys are all tearing shit up and definitely repping canada on the world stage for rock music. But of course its not just about the rock, we've got insane Canadian rappers like Classified, Shiest, Kardinal Official, the list goes on and on. Canada, making some of the best and most origional music since the discovery of the north american continent.
by vwdad on 4/19/2011 4:57pm
hey what about Matt Mays & el torpedo... building a boat is one of the most awesome songs! but I digress the hip can give you goose bumps!
by matt m on 6/16/2011 9:03pm
song is about gords nephew died from heart complications, beautiful song
by big Bhoooooooy! on 7/10/2011 8:11pm
wheres the chorus
by paul lewis on 7/27/2011 3:54am
a well written song and never
forgotten
by DesfromtheRez on 9/22/2011 10:31pm
Love this song, love Gordon Downie's music and love the Hip!
You can feel the emotion in his voice!
by Allen on 4/14/2012 11:57pm
I think this song also recognises the anguish felt by the mother of the boy and that it must terribly lonely and painful to remember her lost son on days like mothers day. Fiddlers Green has in more recent times been thought of as a place of rest for those who have fought long battles.
by Paul Burkart on 6/9/2012 10:57pm
I love this song, my dad brought this song to my attention, and I've loved ever since I learned it
by a true Canadian on 8/19/2012 5:00pm
G Dub, you know nothing about music and can keep your opinions to yourself, Rush and The Hip are so far apart as far as musical genre it only lubed up your foot to get it farther up your ass, may want to know what your talkin' about before you open your mouth. CHEERS!!!!!
by Dirk Dangler on 9/9/2012 2:42pm
Wonderful and inspirational song by Canadian icons. The Hip just kick ass
by Chuck on 10/17/2012 3:18am
Perry, the lyric is "her son has gone alee", it's a nautical term, look it up
by Auburn White on 2/22/2013 5:05am
I was born in Ontario. I will love everything about Ontario and it's amazing stories through song or through memory. My dad opened my eyes to great Canadian talent and here is a perfect example. I crank the fuck out of this song and cry everytime.








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