"What's Left Of The Flag" as written by and David R King Bridget A Regan....
His eyes they closed and his last breath spoke
He had seen all to be seen
A life once full, now an empty vase
Wilt the blossoms on his early grave
Walk away me boy, walk away me boy
And by mornin' we'll be free
Wipe that golden tear from your mother dear
And raise what's left of the flag for me

Then the rosary beads count them one, two, three
Fell apart as they hit the floor
In our garb of black we must pay respect
To the colour we're born to mourn
Walk away me boys, walk away me boys
And by mornin' we'll be free
Wipe that golden tear from your mother dear
And raise what's left of the flag for me

In his place there grew an angry festered wound
Filled with hatred and remorse
Where I'd pick and scratch till the blood it matched
The silent rage now that fills my lungs
For there are many ways to kill a man they say
With bayonet, axe, or sword
But son a bullet fired from a shapeless guise
Leaves but the shell of a Thompson gun

Walk away me boys, walk away me boys
And by mornin' we'll be free
Wipe that golden tear from your mother dear
And raise what's left of the flag for me

From the East out to the Western shore
Where many men and many more will fall
But no angel flies with me tonight
Till freedom reigns on all
And curse the name for which we slaved our days
Till every man shall his kingdom come

But sure as night turns day
It's the passion play
Oh my god, what have they done
With madman's rage, well they dug our graves
But the dead rise again you fools

Walk away me boys, walk away me boys
And by morning we'll be free
Wipe that golden tear from your mother dear
And raise what's left of the flag for me

Walk away me boys, walk away me boys
And by morning we'll be free
Wipe that golden tear from your mother dear
And raise what's left of the flag for me


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    General CommentPeople, dont comment etc on Irish history, culture, society, religion etc if you have little knowledge of it, please!

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    Sláinte agus beannacht libh
    Laochon July 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me pause, and remember one night.. it was right after warped tour, and my friend levi and i were sitting in the parked car, waiting for our two friends mandi and julie, and we had seen flogging molly, and he was playing this song over and over..it just makes me think of what a wonderful day that was, it makes me think of good friends and awesome memories..oh, so very corny, i know..
    BetterOffNedon July 20, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti heard this song on the w.t. 02 comp disc and thought this band was way rad...never would have thought that mixing irish and punk could be so friggin awesome! anyways, yeah flogging molly is a really rad band ~

    GCpunkednviciouson July 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI'm probably biased, by it always seemed like this song was written just for me. My dad was in the PIRA, and he was killed accidentally in a bombing. When I listen to this song, I just get filled with all kinds of emotions, mainly anger towards the fucking black and tans. I'll always remember he used to tell me that he was proud to be fighting, and he would gladly give his life for Ireland, and that I should keep the fight. Well...he did. Just what it means to me.

    Sìochàin Trìd Anord
    Ikembeon April 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLook, I don't want to get into the whole argument of whether we should slap a genre on everything; If you like having labels for music then more power to you.
    However, it is worth noting that Flogging Molly consider themselves (and probably most other good music) unclassifiable. If anyone has watched "Whiskey on a Sunday" then they've heard all of Flogging Molly clearly express that, to them, being squeezed into any genre diminishes their music; it imparts a bias. People think about the genre instead of actually just listening to the music.
    Funnily enough Nathan Maxwell, the bass player, (I think it was him) said that if he had to label them as anything he would have to say Soul, from the feeling he gets out of it.

    So yes, Flogging Molly has Punk influences, and definite Irish influences, and classic rock influences, and even some more eastern musical influences, but those are not what they are. They are not one part of the equation and they are greater than the sum of their parts.
    ThePugetSoundon July 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song rules!! Great lyrics here!
    myownprison333on June 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so awesome! i got to see it performed live at the warped tour in kansas city. just a little background, he (the lead singer of flogging molly) wrote it about his father, in case you couldn't figure it out. YEAH!
    limegreenguitaron July 04, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song rocks! i love their irish...ness and how they can mix it with a some punk rock and make a bad ass band called flogging molly.
    KidOfTheBlkHoleon July 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIrish punk is good punk! It's so fucking good when its irish. It is impossible not to feel something when listening to a flogging molly song! I swear, if somoene chained me to the floor so I couldn't move, I would porbably break the chains or die trying!
    myownprison333on July 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE FLOGGING MOLLY!!!!!!!!!! THEY ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHH!
    glo151on July 19, 2002   Link

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