Lord Nelson

Lyrics

Lord Nelson stood in pompous state upon his pillar high
And down along O’Connell Street, he cast one wicked eye
He thought how this barbaric race had fought the British Crown
Yet they were content to let him stay right there in Dublin town

So remember brave Lord Nelson, boys
He has never known defeat
And for his reward they stuck him up
In the middle of O’Connell Street

For many years, Lord Nelson stood, and no one seemed to care
He would squint at Dan O’Connell who was standin right down there
He thought the Irish love me or they wouldnt let me stay,
All except that band of blighters that they call the IRA

So remember brave Lord Nelson, boys
He has never known defeat
And for his reward they stuck him up
In the middle of O’Connell Street

And then in nineteen sixty six, on March the seventh day,
A bloody great explosion made Lord Nelson rock and sway
He crashed and Dan O’Connell cried in woeful misery
Now twice as many pigeons will come and shit on me

So remember brave Lord Nelson,boys
He has never known defeat
And for his reward they blew him up
In the middle of O’Connell Street


Notes

Nelson’s Pillar was a popular Dublin landmark for over 150 years until it was destroyed by an IRA bomb on 8 March 1966. Built in 1808-09 to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson victory at Trafalgar, ‘The Pillar’ (as it was affectionately known) was a constant source of controversy, spurred on by those who resented a one eyed British adulterer having pride of place in our capital city.  A succession of proposals to remove Nelson’s statue from the top of the pillar and replace it with one of Wolfe Tone was frustrated by legal difficulties. And so it remained until 1.32 am on 8 March 1966 when the upper half of ‘The Pillar’ came crashing down, destroying some taxi cabs parked at its base; injuring nobody and causing little further damage. Six days later, Irish Army experts use explosives to remove the bottom half of ‘The Pillar’ and, in the process, blew out almost every window in O’Connell Street.

I know, because I was there and watched from behind a barricade at the O’Connell Monument, as the army blew out our ear drums. No wonder I’m deaf and daft today !

pillar 2

pillar 3

pillar top view

View from top

pillar top view 2

View from top

 

 

pillar stump

Lower half of Pillar after explosionn

Written by Tommy Makem


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Dublin


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