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Follow me up to Carlow

  • Patrick Joseph McCall

    Curse and swear, Lord Kildare
    Fiach will do what Fiach will dare
    Now Fitzwilliam, have a care
    Fallen is your star low
    Up with halberd, out with sword
    On we'll go for, by the Lord
    Fiach McHugh has given the word
    Follow me up to Carlow

    Lift Mac Cahir Og your face, brooding o'er the old disgrace
    That black Fitzwilliam stormed your place, drove you to the fern
    Grey said victory was sure, soon the firebrand he'd secure
    Until he met at Glen Malure with Fiach MacHugh O'Byrne

    See the swords at Glen Imaal, they're flashing over the English pale
    See all the children of the Gael beneath O'Byrne's banners
    Rooster of a fighting stock, would you let a Saxon cock
    Crow out upon an Irish rock - fly up and teach him manners

    From Tassagart to Clonmore there flows a stream of Saxon gore
    Well great is Rory Og O More at sending the loons to Hades
    White is sick, Grey is fled, now for black Fitzwilliam's head
    We'll send it over dripping red to Queen Liza and her ladies

    (as sung by James Keelaghan)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1973:] In 1580, in the lonely pass of Glen Malure in Co. Wicklow, Fiach McHugh O'Byrne completely overthrew the forces of the Crown under Lord Grey de Wilton. (Notes 'Planxty')

  • [1984:] An old ballad which I have been singing since about 1960; we don't write them like this any more. (Christy Moore Song Book 32)

  • See also Origins: Follow me up to Carlow

Quelle: Ireland

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