Bold Belfast shoemaker


Come all ye true born Irishmen, wherever you may be
I hope you’ll pay attention and listen unto me
I am a bold shoemaker, from Belfast Town I came
And to my great misfortune, I listed in the train

I had a fair young sweetheart, Jane Wilson was her name
She said it grieved her to the heart to see me in the train
She told me if I would desert, to come and let her know
She would dress me up in her own clothes that I might go to and fro

We marched to Chapelizod like heroes stout and bold
I’d be no more a slave to them, my officer I told
For to work upon a Sunday, with me did not agree
That was the time, my brave young boys, I took my liberty

When encamped at Tipperary, we soon got his command
For me and for my comrade bold, one night on guard to stand
The night it was both wet and cold and so we did agree
And on that very night, brave boys, I took my liberty

The night that I deserted, I had no place to stay
I went into a meadow and lay down in the hay
It was not long that I lay there until I rose again
And looking all around me I espied six of the train

We had a bloody battle, but soon I beat them all
And soon the dastard cowards for mercy loud did call
Saying spare our lives brave Irewin, and we will pray for thee
By all that’s fair we will declare for you and liberty

As for George Clarke of Carrick, I own he’s very mean
For the sake of forty shillings he had me took again
They locked me in a strong room, my sorrows to deplore
With four on every window and six on every door

I being close confined then, I soon looked all around
I leaped out of the window, and knocked four of them down
The light horse and the train, my boys, they soon did follow me
But I kept my road before them and preserved my liberty

I next joined Father Murphy as you will quickly hear
And many a battle did I fight with his brave Shelmaliers
With 400 of his croppy boys, we routed Lord Mountjoy
And at the battle of New Ross, we made 8,000 fly

I am a bold shoemaker, John Irewin is my name
I beat as many Orangemen as listed in a train
I beat as many Orangemen as could stand in a row
I made them fly before me like an arrow from a bow

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