Sea Green Singers - Jarama - 4-part harmony - Score and lyrics - Valley in Spain
1. There's a valley in Spain
2. We are proud of our British Battalion,
3. With the rest of the International column
4. We have left that dark valley for ever
The earliest known version of the lyrics was written by Alex McDade, of the British Battalion, XV International Brigade and published in 1938 in The Book of the XV International Brigade by the Commissariat of War, Madrid, 1938. It is squarely a soldier's song; grumbling about the boredom, lack of leave and lack of female company. McDade was a labourer from Glasgow who became a political commissar in the XV International Brigade, responsible for the men's welfare. He was wounded at Jarama and died on 6 July 1937 at the Battle of Brunete.
There’s a valley in Spain called Jarama,
From this valley they tell us we're leaving
Oh, we're proud of our British Battalion,
"You will never be happy with strangers,
|Woody Guthrie version - Jarama Valley
There's a valley in Spain called Jarama
it's a place that we all know so well
it was there that we fought against the fascists
we saw a peaceful valley turn to hell.
Chorus after each verse:
From this valley they say we are going
but don't hasten to bid us adieu
even though we lost the battle at Jarama
we'll set this valley free 'fore we're through.
We were men of the Lincoln battalion
we're proud of the fight that we made
we know that you people of the valley
will remember our Lincoln brigade.
You will never find peace with these fascists
you will never find friends such as we
so remember that valley of Jarama
and the people that'll set that valley free.
All this world is like this valley called Jarama
so green and so bright and so fair
no fascists can dwell in our valley
nor breathe in our new freedom's air.