Who Sang The Contender? The Celtic Tenors

The Celtic Tenors So Strong cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2002
length: 4:10
producer: Mike Moran
tenor vocals: Matthew Gilsenan
Some other versions of "The Contender"

Lyrics
Wrap the Starry Plough around me
Let the pipers air resound me
There I rest until the Lord of Love I'll meet
When I was young and I was in my day
Sure I'd steal what woman's heart there was away
And I'd sing into the dawning
Song ablaze into the morning
Long before I was the man you see today.

I was born beneath the star that promised all
I could have lived my life between Cork, Cobh and Youghal
But the wheel of fortune took me
and from the highest point she shook me
By the bottle, by the bottle

Chorus
But there in the mirror on the wall
I see the dream is fading
From the contender to the brawl
The ring, the rose, the matador, raving

When I die I'll die a drunk down on the street
He will count me out to ten in clear defeat
Wrap the Starry Plough around me
Let the pipers air resound me
There I rest until the Lord of Love I meet

Chorus (2x)

When I was young and I was in my day
Sure I'd steal what woman's heart there was away
And I'd sing into the dawning
Saw a blaze into the morning
Long before I was the man you see today.
Wrap the Starry Plough around me
Let the pipers air resound me
There I rest until the Lord of Love I'll meet

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Nella Fantasia
  • 2 Mull of Kintyre
  • 3 Love of My Life
  • 4 Ave Maria
  • 5 The Green Fields of France
  • 6 Ag Críost an síol
  • 7 Fionnghuala
  • 8 The Town I Loved So Well
  • 9 I Will Wait for You
  • 10 (Something Inside) So Strong
  • 11 The Contender
  • 12 A Love So Beautiful
  • 13 Dein ist mein ganzes Hertz (You Are My Heart’s Delight)
  • 14 The Start of the County Down
  • 15 Adagio (vocalise)
  • 16 Anthem (from Chess)

  • Release information
    label: EMI
    country(area): Europe
    format: CD
    barcode: 724355728425
    script: Latin