TOO-A-LOO-RA-LOO-RAL That's An Irish Lullaby 

Over in Killarney 
Many years ago, 
Me Mither sang a song to me 
In tones so sweet and low. 
Just a simple little ditty, 
In her good ould Irish way, 
And l'd give the world if she could sing 
That song to me this day. 

Chorus: 
"Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li, 
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, hush now, don't you cry! 
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li, 
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, that's an Irish lullaby." 

Oft in dreams I wander 
To that cot again, 
I feel her arms a-huggin' me 
As when she held me then. 
And I hear her voice a -hummin' 
To me as in days of yore, 
When she used to rock me fast asleep 
Outside the cabin door. 

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Three Leaf Shamrock

In a dock a ship was anchored
On a bright St. Patrick's day
On the quay a lass was sighing
For her lover going away
In her hand she held an emblem
And its parting leaves were three
And her parting words were "Darlin'
Look at these and think of me"

Three leaf shamrock I adore thee
Your three leaves I long to see
When there's brighter days in Ireland
I'll come home and marry thee

(Break)

Just before the ship had started
As she laid her hand on mine
Just before that we had parted
She looked with loving eyes so kind
To my coat she pinned an emblem
And its parting leaves were three
And her parting words were "Darlin'
Look at these and think of me"

Chorus

And her parting words were "Darlin'
Look at these and think of me
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Ten Brave Men

Bobby Sands was his name, He Died for the cause of Freedom 
A hunger strike they commenced, To fight for the right as Freemen 
In the Summer of 81' Ten brave men, the Crown they took on 
The ten were prisoners of war...But Englands leaders let them die one by one 
The year they murdered Ten Brave men, and the Black flags were flying'
The Year they murdered Ten Brave men, and all the people were crying' They sang 

"Lord we have lost our son's, now we'll make sure this war is won" 

Bobby was elected MP, and one day he said to me, 
"People must fight for the right to live in a land thats free" 
I Got 14 years in Jail, and this hunger strike it must not fail. 
The English we'll alway's detest, but they should never have taken the very best. 

CHORUS: 
The year they murdered Ten Brave men, and the Black flags were flying' 
The Year they murdered Ten Brave men, and all the people were crying' They sang 
"Lord we have lost our son's, now we'll make sure this war is won" 

CHORUS 

Like His father before him, He was a workin' man 
Like his Comrades beside him, He took a Rebel stand 
He was a Rebel, proud and brave, but Thatcher laid him in his grave 
I swear by the blood in my vains, The Irish people will someday have their say. 

Chorus

The year they murdered Ten Brave men, and the Black flags were flying' 
The Year they murdered Ten Brave men, and all the people were crying' They sang, 
"Lord we have lost our son's, now we'll make sure this war is won" 

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TOM WILLIAMS 

Time goes by and years roll onward 
Still in my memory fresh I'll keep 
Of that night in Belfast prison 
Unashamedly I saw men weep 

For the time was fast approaching 
A lad lay sentenced for to die 
And on the second of September 
He goes to meet his God on high 

Now he's marching to that scaffold 
Head erect he shows no fear 
And while standing on that scaffold 
Ireland cross he holds so dear 

Now the cruel blow has fallen 
For Ireland he has given all 
He who in the flower of manhood 
Proudly answered to her call 

Brave Tom Williams we salute you 
And we never shall forget 
Those who planned your brutal murder 
We vow we'll make them all regret 

And now I say to Irish soldiers 
If on Toms path you chance should stray 
Keep memory of that morn when Ireland's cross was proudly borne 
By a lad who lies within a prison grave. 
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TWENTY MEN FROM DUBLIN TOWN 
(Arthur Griffith) 

Twenty men from Dublin town riding on the mountainside 
Fearless of the Saxon frown, twenty brothers true and tried 
Blood flows in the city streets, there the green is lying low 
Here the Emerald standard greets eyes alike of friend and foe 

cho: Fly the city, brothers tried, join us on the mountainside 
Where we've England's power defied twenty men from Dublin town 

Twenty men from Dublin town, full of love and full of hate 
Ah! our chief, our Tone is down, hand of God avenge his fate 
Joy it is when e'er we meet redcoats on the mountain track 
Oh! as deer they must be fleet, if to Dublin they get back 

Twenty men from Dublin town, every night around the fire 
Brimming glasses we toss down to our captain Michael Dwyer 
Slainte, Michael, barve and true, then there rings the wild hurrah 
As we drink, dear land, to you, Eire! Slainte Geal go Brach 


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THREE LOVELY LASSES 

1. There are three lovely lasses in Bunyan, 
Bunyan, Bunyan, Bunyan 
There are three lovely lasses in Bunyan 
And I am the best of them all. 

(similarly:) 
2. And me mother she says I can marry 
And she'll leave me her bed when she dies. 

3. So I'm takin' me shoes to be mended 
And me petticoat to be dyed green. 

4. And next Sunday mornin' I'll met him, And I shall be dressed like a 
queen. 

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THREE FLOWERS, THE

One time when walking down a lane 
As night was drawing nigh 
I met a colleen with three flowers 
And she more young than I 
"Saint Patrick bless you dear" I said 
"If you'll be quick to tell 
The place where you did find those flowers 
I seem to know them well" 

She took and kissed the first flower once 
And sweetly said to me 
"This flower comes from the Wicklow hills 
Dew wet and pure", said she 
"It's name is Michael Dwyer 
The strongest flower of all 
But I'll keep it fresh beside my breast 
Though all the world should fall" 

She took and kissed the first flower twice 
And sweetly said to me 
"This flower I culled in Antrim fields 
outside Belfast", said she 
"The name I call it is Wolfe Tone 
The bravest flower of all 
But I'll keep it fresh beside my breast 
Though all the world should fall" 

She took and kissed the first flower thrice 
And softly said to me 
"This flower I found in Thomas Street 
In Dublin fair", said she 
"Its name is Robert Emmet 
The youngest flower of all 
But I'll keep it fresh beside my breast 
Though all the world should fall 
Then Emmet,Dwyer and Tone I'll keep 
For I do love them all 
And I'll keep them fresh beside my breast 
Though all the world should fall" 

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Take Me Back To Castlebar

Patsy Farrell
I'm waiting for John Murphy's van, to take me to the site Sure I'm working seven days a week From morning to dark night And when I step into the van and gently close the door Sure the first thing that they ask me What I did the night before Take me back to Castlebar, in the county of Mayo It's the only place in Ireland I'm longing for to go Where they greet you with a friendly smile And they bid you time of day When I set my foot in old Mayo, I never more will stray Dirty Jack, the ganger man, he talks about the time Himself and old John Murphy Worked deep down in the mines He says he meets him often at, the Dorchester Hotel If you want to get promotion now Get down and dig like hell Chorus - Short instrumental Jack from Connemarra, when he gets in the hump Sure he talks about the money he made While working on the lump Sure he blames old Maggie Thatcher And the government as well He said he's made his money now, so they can go to hell Chorus There's another chap from Pakistan, no bigger than a duck He sells his wares upon the site They fell off of the back of a truck He says he is a carpenter, and that might well be true But I've never seen him working, he's always in the loo Chorus - Short instrumental At the Duke of York on saturday night, McGraley does remit He says he first came over here, in nineteen thirty-eight That was the year before the war If me memory serves me clear For written on the factory wall, was 'No Irish wanted here' Chorus X 2
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TAKE HER UP TO MONTO (1)

Well if you've got a wing-o, take her up to Ring-o
Where the waxies sing-o, all the day
When you've had your fill of porter and you can't go any further
Giveyour man the order: Back to the Quay!

But first go up to Monto, Monto, Monto
First go up to Monto, langeroo, to you!

You've heard about Duke of Gloucester, the dirty old imposter
Took a mot and lost her up in the Furry Glen
He first put on his bowler and then he zipped up his trousers
He whistled for his growler and says 'My man'

Take me up to Monto, Monto, Monto
Take me up to Monto, langeroo, to you!

And when the Czar of Russia and the King of Prussia
Landed in the Phoenix in a big balloon
They asked the Beggarmen to play 'The Wearing of the Green'
But the buggers in the lower they didn't know the tune

So we took them up to Monto, Monto, Monto
We took them up to Monto, langeroo, to you!


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TAKE HER UP TO MONTO (2)

Well if you've got a wingo take her up to Ringo
Where the waxies sing-o all the day
If you've had your fill of porter and you can't go on any further
Just give your men the order back to the quay

And take her up to Monto, Monto, Monto
Take her up to Monto Langeroo to you

You've heard of Butcher Foster, the dirty old imposter
He took a mot and lost her up the Furry Glen
He first put on his bowler, then he buttoned up his trousers
and he whistled for a growler and he said 'My men

Take her up to Monto, Monto, Monto...
Take her up to Monto Langeroo to you

The fairy told him, 'Skin the goat,' O'Donnell put him on the boat
He wished he'd never been afloat, the dirty skite
It wasn't very sensible to tell on the Invincibles
They took aboard the principals, day and night

Be goin' up to Monto, Monto, Monto......
Take her up to Monto Langeroo to you

You've seen the Dublin Fusiliers, the dirty old bamboozaliers
They went and got the childer, one, two, three
Marchin' from the Linen Hall, there's one for every cannon ball
And Vicky's goin' to send youse all o'er the sea

But first go up to Monto, Monto, Monto....
Take her up to Monto Langeroo to you

When the Czar of Rooshia, and the King of Prooshia
Landed in the Phoenix in a big balloon
They asked the Garda band to play "The Wearin' o' the Green"

So they both went up to Monto, Monto, Monto.....
Take her up to Monto Langeroo to you

The Queen she came to call on us, she wanted to see all of us
I'm glad she didn't fall on us, she's eighteen stone
'Mr. Neill, Lord Mayor,' says she, 'Is this all you've got to show to me?'
'Why no, ma'am, there's some more to see - pog mo thoin

And he took her up to Monto, Monto, Monto
Took her up to Monto, langeroo. Liathroidi to you


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TARA'S HARP
[by Thomas Moore 1779-1852]

The harp that once through Tara's Hall the soul of music shed
Now hangs as mute on Tara's wall as if that soul were fled
So sleeps the pride of former days so glory's thrill is o'er
And hearts that once beat high for praise now feel that pulse no more

No more to chiefs and ladies bright, the harp of Tara swells
The chord alone, that breaks at night, its tale of ruin tells
This freedom now so seldom wakes, the only throb she gives
Is when some heart indignant breaks, to show that still she lives
			 
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Take it down from the mast

Take it down from the mast, Irish traitors, 
It's the flag we republicans claim, 
It can never belong to free staters, 
For you've brought on it nothing but shame.

Why not leave it to those who are willing, 
To uphold it in war and in peace, 
To the men who intend to defend it, 
Until England's tyrannies cease.

Take it down from the mast, Irish traitors, 
It's the flag we republicans claim, 
It can never belong to free staters, 
For you've brought on it nothing but shame.

You have murdered our brave Liam and Rory,
You've slaughtered young Richard and Joe,
Your hands with their blood are still gory,
Fulfilling the work of the foe.

Take it down from the mast, Irish traitors, 
It's the flag we republicans claim, 
It can never belong to free staters, 
For you've brought on it nothing but shame.

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THIRTY-TWO COUNTIES, THE

Here's to Donegal and her people brave and tall
Here's to Antrim, to Leitrim and to Derry
Here's to Cavan and to Louth, here's to Carlow in the South
Here's to Longford, to Waterford, and Kerry

Chorus:
Then clink your glasses, clink
'Tis a toast for all to drink
And let every voice join in the chorus
For Ireland is our home
And wherever we may roam
We'll be true to the dear land that bore us

Here's to Tyrone, where O'Neill long held his own
Here's to Monaghan, Fermanagh and Kildare, boys!
Here's to her whose stroke broke the hated Penal yoke
And you know that's the brave County Clare, boys

Chorus

Here's to Sligo and to Down, and Armagh of old renown
Here's to Kilkenny famed in story
Here's to Wexford by the sea, that near set old Ireland free
And here's to Royal Meath in all her glory

Chorus

Here's to Galway and Mayo, that never feared a foe
Here's to Wicklow, its peaks and its passes
Here's to Limerick famed to all for its well-defended wall
And still more for the beauty of its lasses

Chorus

Here's to gallant Cork, the next county to New York
Here's to Roscommon bright and airy
Here's to Westmeath, where a tyrant scarce can breathe
And here's to unconquered Tipperary

Chorus

Queens County too we'll toast, and Kings for both can boast
They are spots the invaders got some trouble in!
And now to finish up, fill a bright and brimming cup
And we'll drink, boys, to jolly little Dublin!

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THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND (IRELAND)

Chorus:
This land is your land, this land is my land
From the northern highlands, to the western islands
From the hills of Kerry, to the streets of free Derry
This land was made for you and me

As I went walking by the Shannon waters
Hand in hand with my little daughter
The church bells ringing, the children singing
This land was made for you and me

I climbed a mountian, saw a crystal fountain
And I watched the waves roar by the rocky sea-shore
Her eyes were gleaming, she cried oh oh daddy
This land was made for you and me

Chorus


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THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND (SCOTLAND)

Note: Not strictly Irish, but I've a soft spot in my heart for the Scots
-Ray

Chorus:
This land is your land, this land my land
From the English border, to the North Sea water
From the Western Islands, to the Northern Highlands
This land was made for you and me

One summer's morning as the day was dawning
I viewed the Islands on the misty skyline
The rainbow fountain of the Coolin Mountains
This land was made for you and me

Old winter crept on as Scotland slept on
No factory roaring, no oil rig oaring
Just weeded byways and deserted highways
Relics of the life it used to be

Then I awakened to a spring day breakin'
On the sons and daughters of Alba's waters
And the flag they're flyin' is the rampant lion
This land was made for you and me

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TINKER, THE

I am the bravest tinker that lives beneath the sun
If you have any work to do, you shall have it well done
Yes indeed you shall, don't you know you shall
To my right falooral laddie, yes, indeed you shall

The lady came to the door and asked me could I stop
And could I mend a rusty pan that never held a drop
Yes indeed I can, don't you know I can
To my right falooral laddie, yes, indeed I can

She took me up the stairs for to show me what to do
She fell on the featherbed and I fell on it too
Yes indeed I did, don't you know I did
To my right falooral laddie, yes, indeed I did

I put my hammer in her hand that with it she might knock
To make her husband to believe that I was at my work
Yes indeed I was, don't you know I was
To my right falooral laddie, yes, indeed I was

She put her hand into her purse and pulled out twenty pound
Take this me jolly tinker and we'll have another round
Yes indeed we will, don't you know we will
To my right falooral laddie, yes, indeed we will

Oh, I plugged her in the kitchen, I plugged her in the hall
And the servants cried, The Devil, are you going to plug us all
Oh indeed I'm not, don't you know I'm not
To my right falooral laddie, no, indeed I'm not

Well, I've been a jolly tinker these thirty years and more
But such a rusty pan as that I never plugged before
No indeed I didn't, don't you know I didn't
To my right falooral laddie, no, indeed I didn't


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TOWN I LOVED SO WELL, THE
midi

In my memory I will always see
The town that I have loved so well
Where our school played ball by the gasyard wall
And we laughed through the smoke and smell
Going home in the rain running up the dark lane
Past the jail and down beside the fountain
Those were happy days in so many many ways
In the town I loved so well

In the early morn the shirt factory horn
Called women from Creggan, the Moor and the Bog
While the men on the dole played a mothers role
Fed the children and then walked the dog
And when times got rough, there was just about enough
But they saw it through without complaining
For deep inside was a burning pride
for the town I loved so well

There was music there in the Derry air
Like a language that we could all understand
I remember the day when I earned my first pay
as I played in a small pickup band
There I spent my youth and to tell you the truth
I was sad to leave it all behind me
For I'd learned about life and I'd found a wife
In the town I loved so well

But when I returned how my eyes were burned
To see how a town could be brought to it's knees
By the armoured cars and the bombed out bars
And the gas that hangs on to every breeze
Now the army's installed by that old gasyard wall
And the damned barbed wire gets higher and higher
With their tanks and guns
Oh my God, what have they done
To the town I loved so well

Now the music's gone but they carry on
For their spirit's been bruised, never broken
Oh, they'll not forget still their hearts are set
On tomorrow and peace once again
Now what's done is done and what's won is won
And what's lost is lost and gone forever
I can only pray for a bright brand new day
In the town I loved so well

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