Johnson's motor car


‘Twas down by Brannigan’s Corner one morning I did stray
I met a fellow rebel and to me he did say
We’ve orders from the captain to assemble at Dunbar
But how are we to get there without a motor car ?

Oh Barney dear, be of good cheer, I’ll tell you what we’ll do
The specials they are plentiful, the I.R.A. are few
We’ll send a wire to Johnson to meet us at Stranorlar
And we’ll give the boys a bloody good ride in Johnson’s Motor Car

When Dr. Johnson heard the news, he soon put on his shoes
He says this is an urgent case, there is no time to lose
He then put on his castor hat and on his breast a star
You could hear the din all through Glenfin of Johnson’s Motor Car

But when he got to the railway bridge, some rebels he saw there
Old Johnson knew the game was up, for at him they did stare
He said “I have a permit, to travel near and far”
“To hell with your English permit, we want your motor car”

“What will my loyal brethren think, when they hear the news
My car it has been commandeered by the rebels at Dunluce”
“We’ll give you a receipt for it, all signed by Captain Barr
When Ireland gets her freedom, boy, you’ll get your motor car”

Well we put that car in motion and filled it to the brim
With guns and bayonets shining which made old Johnson grim
When Barney hoisted a Sinn Fein flag, it fluttered like a star
We gave three cheers for the I.R.A. and Johnson’s Motor Car

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Songs of Donegal


Clip – Tom Donovan