James Connolly

Lyrics

A great crowd had gathered out side of Kilmainham
Their heads all uncovered, they knelt to the ground
Inside that grim prison was 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
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 a man who loved Ireland so well
There was many a sad heart in Dublin that morning
When they murdered James Connelly, the Irish rebel

Many years have gone by since that Irish rebelion
When the guns of Brittania, they loudly did speak
And soldiers of Ireland stood shoulder to shoulder
As blood from thier bodies flowed down Sackville Street

The four courts of Dublin, the English bombarded
The spirit of Ireland, they tried hard to quell
But above all the din came the cry, no surender
T’was the voice of James Connelly, the Irish rebel


Notes

James Connolly was propped up in a chair and blindfolded before his execution on 12 May 1916. Father Aloysius, the priest attending the execution said to Connolly: ‘Will you pray for these men who are about to shoot you?’ Connolly replied: ‘I will pray for all brave men who do their duty’.


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County

Dublin

Song Themes

Easter Rising

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