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James Connolly The Irish Rebel

  • (Trad)

    A great crowd had gathered outside of Kilmainham
    With their heads uncovered they knelt on the ground
    For inside that grim prison lay a brave Irish soldier
    His life for his country about to lay down

    He went to his death like a true son of Ireland
    The firing party he bravely did face
    Then the order rang out, Present arms and fire!
    James Connolly fell into a ready-made grave

    The black flag was hoisted, the cruel deed was over
    Gone was the man who loved Ireland so well
    There was many a sad heart in Dublin that morning
    When they murdered James Connolly, the Irish Rebel

    God's curse on you, England, you cruel-hearted monster
    Your deeds they would shame all the devils in hell
    There are no flowers blooming but the shamrock is growing
    On the grave of James Connolly, the Irish Rebel

    The Four Courts in Dublin the English bombarded
    The spirit of freedom they tried hard to quell
    But above all the din rose the cry, No surrender
    'Twas the voice of James Connolly, the Irish rebel

    (as sung by The Wolfe Tones)

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  • [1992:] Sat at the next table [at the French Club in Glasgow] was this drunk Irish/ Glaswegian bookie with a couple of mates. He had heard Christy [Moore]'s accent, and started to harass us for a song. 'Give us that one - you know, the one about James Connolly - stop all that other rubbish, give us a real song about James Connolly.' [...] Christy, being peacemaker, says, 'All right, I'll do a song about James Connolly.' He begins that fine song: 'Where, oh where is our James Connolly [...]' But the bookie was waiting for that awful dirge that's intoned by Glasgow drunks of a Celtic persuasion:
    'Ouuurrr no-bell James Con-no-lly, the Irish re-bell'
    and he said, 'Oh, that's shite, rubbish, that's no about James Connolly, you're a blue-nose, you're an Orangeman.' (Imlach, Reminiscences 89)

  • Tune: Dark Lochnagar

    Notes on the man see James Connolly

Quelle: Ireland

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