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The Boys Of Kilmichael

  • (Trad / ad. Patrick Galvin)

    Chorus:
    Oh forget not the boys of Kilmichael
    Those brave boys both gallant and true
    They fought with Tom Barry's bold column
    And conquered the red, white and blue

    Whilst we honour in song and in story
    The memory of Pearse and McBride
    Whose names are illumined in glory
    With martyrs that long since have died
    Oh forget not the boys of Kilmichael
    Who feared not the ice and the foe
    Oh the day that they marched into battle
    They laid all the Black and Tans low

    On the twenty eighth day of November
    The Tans left the town of Macroom
    They were seated in Crossley tenders
    Which brought them right into their doom
    They were on the high road to Kilmichael
    And never expecting to stall
    'Twas there that the boys of the column
    They made a clear sweep of them all

    The sun in the west it was sinking
    'Twas the eve of a cold winter's day
    When the Tans we were eagerly waiting
    Sailed into the spot where we lay
    And over the hill went the echo
    The peal of the rifles and guns
    And the smoke from their lorries bore tidings
    That the boys of Kilmichael had won

    The battle being over at twilight
    And there in that glen so obscure
    We threw down our rifles and bayonets
    And made our way back to Granure
    And high over Dunmanway town, my boys
    They sang of the brave and the true
    Of the men from Tom Barry's bold column
    Who conquered the red, white and blue

    There are some who will blush at the mention
    Of Connolly, Pearse and McBride
    And history's new scribes in derision
    The pages of valour deny
    But sure here's to the boys who cried, Freedom!
    When Ireland was nailed to the mast
    And they fought with Tom Barry's bold column
    To give us our freedom at last

    Final chorus:
    So forget not the boys of Kilmichael
    Those brave boys both gallant and true
    They fought 'neath the green flag of Erin
    And conquered the red, white and blue

    (as sung by Jimmy Crowley)

    Tune: Rosin the Beau

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1998:] Songs from the War of Independence have become so frowned upon in post-modern Ireland that young people are being denied any recourse to national pride, landscape, legends or any form of heroism, all very necessary components of the Irish psyche. For all those reasons, I asked the Cork poet Patrick Galvin to write an extra verse and dispatch a broadside in the direction of the historical revisionists. (Jimmy Crowley, notes 'Uncorked!')

  • See also
    http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=36328#505195
    http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=47740 The Boys of Kilmichael

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