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Meic Stephens
Tune : Red River Valley

 On the twenty-third day of September,
There were two bold young boyos who went,
To the mountains of green Merioneth,
From the black mining valleys of Gwent.
They were patriot sons of the Gwerin,
And their glorious tale shall be sung,
When the bells of betrayed Cwm Tryweryn,
Under Liverpool's waters are run.
Down in Bala the people were sleeping,
And the moon over Tegid shone bright,
As the boys from Tredegar and Bargoed,
Clocked in on the shift for the night.
When they reached the electric transformer,
They destroyed it by draining the oil
And delayed all the work in the valley,
That the ignorant Scouse wants to spoil.
In the papers the following morning,
We all read of the deed that was done,
And we cheered the struggle for freedom,
Which by deeds such as this shall be won.
So here's health to each one of you Welshmen,
Who can well understand what it meant,
When a blow for the Nation was struck by
Those two boys from the valleys of Gwent.
Footnote : I first came across this Welsh Rebel Song in the 1965 edition of 'The Rebels Ceilidh Song Book'. "Cofia Dryweryn" (Remember Tryweryn) was a slogan widely used throughout Wales, recalling the drowning of the village of Capel Celyn to provide water for Liverpool in England. The drowning of the Tryweryn Valley was a sensitive and emotional subject, as a valley and community steeped in Welsh tradition, was lost to English Imperialism. Welsh interests were stamped over and played second fiddle to that of England. The song composed by Meic Stephens, who went on to become 'Hie Heid Yin' of the Welsh Arts Council, tells of the civil disobedience carried out by two Welsh Nationalists in protest at this attack on Welsh life. In September 1962 they hampered construction at the site by releasing 1000 gallons of oil. In February 1963 a transformer supplying electricity to the site was blown up and a university student was subsequently imprisoned for causing the explosion. The Tryweryn Dam and Reservoir was officially opened in October 1963 by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool who was greeted by a large group of Welsh protestors singing, hymn like, the words ' Twll din pob Sais.....' , which, being translated, is 'Arseholes to all Englishmen'.

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