Old Fenian gun


It hung above the kitchen fire, it’s barrel long and brown
And one day with a boy’s desire, I climbed and took it down
My father’s eyes in anger flashed, he cried “what have you done?
I wish you’d left it where it was, that’s my old Fenian gun”

I fondled it with love and pride, I looked it o’er and o’er
I placed it on my shoulder and I marched across the floor
My father’s anger softened and he shared my boyish fun
“Ah, well” he said “’tis in your breed like that old Fenian gun”

I remember ’67 well when lads like you and me
All thought we’d strike another blow to set old Ireland free
But broken were our golden hopes, I was long months on the run
But it did good work for Ireland then, that brown old Fenian gun

I was down then in Kilmalock, t’was the hottest fight of all
You see the burn still on my arm, the mark of a steel ball
I hope the young lads growing now will hold the ground we won
And not disgrace the cause in which I held that Fenian gun

I placed it o’er the fire once more. I heard my father sigh
I knew his thoughts were turning back on days now long gone by
And then I vowed within my heart I’ll be my father’s son
And if ever Ireland wants my aid, I’ll hold the Fenian gun

That’s years ago, I’ve grown a man and I’ve weathered many a gale
This last long year’s been spent inside a gloomy English jail
I’ve done my part, I’ll do it still until the fight is won
When Ireland’s free, she’ll bless the men who held the Fenian gun


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Fenian Rising