Theme From Harry's Game (2:30)

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“Theme from Harry’s Game” or just “Harry’s Game” is a hit song by Irish group Clannad, written by members Ciarán Brennan and Pól Brennan. It was written for a Yorkshire Television production called Harry’s Game, which depicted The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

The lyrics are in the Irish language, and the song is to date the only British hit single ever to have been sung in that language. The chorus “Fol lol the doh fol the day, Fol the doh fol the day”, is ancient Irish mouth-music which is common in traditional music. The song won an Ivor Novello award, and launched Clannad’s global career. It has since appeared in several Hollywood movies, most notably Patriot Games, in which an IRA terrorist is seen watching the music video for the song on his television. Its use in a Volkswagen commercial introduced Clannad to an American audience.

Clannad’s debut trans-Atlantic album, Anam, was released in the United States in 1992 and became an enormous American success - spurred on by an overwhelming reaction to “Harry’s Game”, including extensive video exposure on VH1. The song went on to garner the Billboard Music Award for World Music Song Of The Year and to reach the Billboard 100 charts three years after its release

The lyrics of this song are also used in the trance song “Saltwater” by Chicane.

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