Welsh songs

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Welsh Songs

Feeling a bit down in the dumps. Nothing will cheer you up like a couple of Welsh songs.

Here are a few verses that you can easily sing along to and should cheer you up.

They are great for use at Internationals too!

Welsh songs

We’ll keep a welcome in the hillside

Far away a voice is calling,
Bells from memory do chime
Come home again, come home again,
They call through the oceans of time.

2. Well keep a welcome in the hillside.
Well keep a welcome in the Vales
This land you knew will still be singing
When you come home again to Wales.

3. This land of song will keep a welcome
And with a love that never fails,
Well kiss away each hour of hiraeth
When you come home again to Wales

Men of Harlech

Men of Harlech! In the Hollow,
Do ye hear like rushing billow
Wave on wave that surging follow
Battle’s distant sound?
Tis the tramp of Saxon foemen,
Saxon spearmen, Saxon bowmen,
Be they knights or hinds or yeomen,
They shall bite the ground!
Loose the folds asunder,
Flag we conquer under!
The placid sky now bright on high,
Shall launch its bolts in thunder!
Onward! ’tis the country needs us,
He is bravest, he who leads us
Honor’s self now proudly heads us,
Freedom, God and Right!

2. Rocky Steeps and passes narrow,
Flash with spear and flight of arrow
Who would think of death or sorrow?
Death is glory now!
Hurl the reeling horsemen over,
Let the earth dead foemen cover
Fate of friend, of wife, of lover,
Trembles on a blow!
Strands of life are riven!
Blow for blow is given
In deadly lock, or battle shock,
And mercy shrieks to heaven!
Men of Harlech! young or hoary,
Would you win a name in story?
Strike for home, for life, for glory!
Freedom, God and Right!

Welsh National Anthem – Land of our fathers

Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi
Gwlad beirdd a chantorion enwogion o fri
Ei gwrol ryfelwr, gwlad garwyr tra mad
Tros ryddid collasant eu gwaed.

Gwlad Gwlad,
Pleidiol wyf i’m gwlad,
Tra môr yn fur i’r bur hoff bau
O bydded i’r hen iaith barha


Published On: 2nd Feb 2007

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  1. this is aspme i love welsh songs since i am a welsh teacher

    Anonymous 3 Feb at 11:33 am
  2. Men of morgannwg rise against the foe
    Send for help and lay them low
    Leave all your books your pasture and your plough
    Bring all your weapons join us now
    Morgan calls you bids you to the stand
    Drive the raiding saxons from this fair land

    Men of morgannwg rise to liberty
    Cymru now shall soon be free

    Can’t remember the rest of this song which we were taught during the late 1960’s by my now deceased history teacher Alan Morgan at Porthcawl Secondary Modern School.

    Can you get hold of the remainder of the verse/ song?

    william lewis 2 Dec at 1:25 pm
  3. William

    I’ve had a look around but have not been able to find anything.

    Sounds like a good trawl through the library in Cardiff or Lampeter would be the best bet to find the source of this one.


    jonty 3 Dec at 6:45 pm
  4. wales wales is the best better than all the rest we sher sheep so we have wool wooly jumpers for the one and all we play rugby all day because people like to watch us play how can you not like wales we have grass we have coal tis simalar to the north pole come to us we beg you please come to us and you just might freeze how can you not like wales

    amber 12 Jan at 9:39 am
  5. They arnt welsh they are from wales but the are not in welsh dwi eisiau cymraeg os gwelwch yn dda…..
    Roeddwn i wedi gofyn am caneuon cymraeg nid caneuon saesneg

    James 24 Dec at 1:26 pm
  6. Hi William,

    I learnt the same song in the 70s, but it was slightly different:

    Men of morganwg rise against the foe
    Send him hence or lay him low
    Leave all your books, your pasture and your plough
    Gird all weapons join us now.
    Morgan calls you, bids you with him stand
    Drive the raiding saxon from this fair land.

    That’s all I remember :o)

    PETER 15 Jan at 9:54 am
  7. Oh, there’s one Welsh song I really love, but it’s not a traditional one, and it’s rather long. It’s called ‘Chwarae’n Troi’n Chwerw’ and the only version I can find is by Gruff Rhys, though I don’t know if he wrote it. We used to sing this in my old school.

    Mae’th fywyd di yn ddedwydd
    Rwyt ti’n fodlon ar dy fyd
    Ond mae ‘na rywbeth bach yng nghefn dy ben
    Sy’n dy boeni di o hyd
    Ti’n syrthio mewn i’r fagl
    Heb wybod be di be
    A does dim ar ôl ond rhyw syniad ffôl
    Yr aiff popeth nôl i’w le

    Ac mae chwarae’n troi’n chwerw
    Mae’r gwin yn troi’n sur
    Mae’r wen yn troi’n ddagrau
    A’r wefr yn troi’n gur
    Ac os wyt ti’n rhywle yn gwrando ar fy nghân
    Cofia bod chwarae’n troi’n chwerw
    Wrth chwara fo tân

    Ac yna bob yn dipyn
    Mae’r darnau’n dod ynghyd
    Ti’n dod i ddeall sut mae cael
    Y gorau o ddau fyd
    Mae’n dod yn haws deud celwydd
    Sy’n swnio fel y gwir
    A ti’n gwbod yn iawn bod y gwpan yn llawn
    A bod y ffordd o’th flaen yn glir

    Mae bywyd yn rhy fyr
    Ac amser yn mynd yn brin
    Ti’n ymladd a’th gydwybod
    Ond yn fodlon ildio ar ddim

    Ti’n trio peidio gwrando
    Ar y geiriau yn dy ben
    Ti’n cyffwrdd ar gwirionedd
    Sy’n gudd tu ol i’r llen
    Ti’n trio cae dy lygaid
    Ar beth a sut a phwy
    Ond ti’n gwbod yn glir bod pob dim yn wir
    A bod y gwir yn brifo mwy


    Another good Song is ‘Y Cwm’, I don’t have the words on hand, but it’s worth checking out.

    Though, if you’re looking for the shorter, traditional songs, try ‘Sospan Fach’, ‘Oes Gafr Eto’, ‘Calon Lan’ and ‘Ar hyd y Nos’.

    (Hope this helps!)

    Chloe 1 Mar at 8:50 pm
  8. Da iawn i ti James

    Beth am “calon lan” neu “yma o hyd”

    leon 10 Jul at 8:48 pm
  9. To William Lewis.
    We learned this song in New road junior Porthcawl
    in the early 60,s.
    As I remember the verse finished with,
    Writing her own languages, singing her own songs,righting all her conquerors wrongs.

    Rodger Hill 18 Aug at 3:11 pm
  10. MDM

    Tanisha 23 Sep at 5:32 pm
  11. Think the second verse is something like this. Words in “” mean it sounds like

    Men of Morganwg rise to liberty
    Cymru shall soon be set free
    With “insult” banners
    With “insult” songs
    Righting all these conquering wrongs

    Margan calls you
    Bids you with him stand
    Driving the raiding Saxons from this fair land

    Neil Spencer 27 Oct at 4:03 pm
  12. Re: ‘Chwarae’n Troi’n Chwerw’ . This song was penned by Caryl Parry Jones. Caryl is still writing Welsh songs and can be seen singing on stage occasionally but her forte is writing and teaching and bringing on talented
    children and young people.

    Eirlys Goode 22 Jan at 2:36 pm
  13. The version of Chawarae’n troi chwerw from the Atal Genhedlaeth album was put together by Cerys (catatonia) Matthews and Gruff Rhys.

    Jenko-Kenko 12 Feb at 10:42 am
  14. Rise men of Cymru oo against the foe
    now let us all our valour show
    Turn back the saxon , make him fly the land
    None can against our fervour/ valour(?) stand.

    Clash of armour, flourishing of spear
    these shall make music our foes shall hear…

    I remember odd lyrics and the tune from a primay school music lesson Tyneside circa 1969

    musterkay 7 Jan at 8:27 am
  15. Men of morgannwg rise to liberty
    Cymru now shall soon be free
    With her own language, singing her own songs
    Righting all her conquers’ wrongs,
    Morgan calls you, bids you with him stand,
    Drive the raiding Saxon from this fair land

    nick macdonald 13 Jun at 11:14 am
  16. Below are the words of ‘Captain Morgan’s March’ Source: Singing Together and Rhythm and Music, Autumn Term 1957 as published in The Oxford School Music Book’s, Teacher’s Manual Senior, Part 1. Welsh song, English words by J P B Dobbs:

    Men of Morganwg, rise against the foe!
    Send him hence or lay him low.
    Leave all your books, your pasture and your plough,
    Gird on wea-pons, join us now.
    Mor-gan calls you, bids you with him stand,
    Drive the raid-ing Sa-xon from this fair land.

    Men of Morganwg, rise to liberty!
    Cymru now shall soon be free,
    With her own language singing her own songs,
    Righting all her conquer’s wrongs.
    Morgan calls you bids you with him stand,
    Drive the raiding Saxon from this fair land.

    I learned this song in my Secondary Modern School in London in the early sixties. You don’t have to be Welsh to enjoy a good song and melody.

    Lyon Murray 24 Feb at 10:05 pm