HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY TO ALL!

At the Siege of Limerick
Patrick Sarsfield won the day
but they Irish they were cheated
when his army went away
Queen Ann and her successors
forced on us those Penal Laws
denying the rights and liberty
of religion lands and property

Murder plunder faugh a balla clear the way
cheating stealing diddle idle de
ducking diving faugh a bala clear the way
diddlily i dle do di diddly idle de

Then came the three mad Georges
and they had us nearly fooled
they couldn’t speak the lingo
of the countries that they ruled
puppets of the ascendancy they kept the Irish down
and the rebels and the whiteboys had
their armies on the run

And You’ll never beat the Irish
no matter what you do
you can put us down and keep us out
but we’ll come back again
you know we are the fighting Irish
and we’ll fight until the end
you know you should have known
you’ll never beat the Irish

Then famine Queen Victoria
came to rule us by and by
she was on the throne so bloody long
we thought she’d never die
she presided over hunger
famine poverty and disease
she drove the people from their home
to their deaths or to land beyond the seas

Murder plunder faugh a balla clear the way
cheating stealing diddle idle de
ducking diving faugh a bala clear the way
diddlily i dle do di diddly idle de

All Across the 19th century we fought oppression
with great zeal
O’Connell spoke his blarney
for emancipation and repeal
Young Ireland and the Fenians
tried with dynamite and gun
Parnell, the Men of Sixteen died, then Michael Collins
had them on the run

You’ll never beat the Irish
no matter what you do
you can and put us down and keep us out
but we’ll come back again
you know
we are the fighting Irish
and we’ll fight untill the end
you know you should’ve known
You’d never beat the Irish

Murder plunder faugh a balla clear the way
cheating stealing diddle idle de
ducking diving faugh a bala clear the way
diddlily i dle do di diddly idle de (x2)

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