"Ireland" as written by Garth Brooks, Stephanie Davis and Jenny L Yates....
They say mother earth is breathing
With each wave that finds the shore
Her soul rises in the evening
For to open twilight's door
Her eyes are the stars in heaven
Watching o'er us all the while
And her heart it is in Ireland
Deep within the Emerald Isle

We are forty against hundreds
In someone else's bloody war
We know not why were fighting
Or what we're dying for
They will storm us in the morning
When the sunlight turns to sky
Death is waiting for its dance now
Fate has sentenced us to die

Ireland I am coming home
I can see your rolling fields of green
And fences made of stone
I am reaching out won't you take my hand
I'm coming home Ireland

Oh the captain he lay bleeding
I can hear him calling me
These men are yours now for the leading
Show them to their destiny
As I look up all around me
I see the ragged tired and torn
I tell them to make ready
'Cause we're not waiting for the morn

Ireland I am coming home
I can see your rolling fields of green
And fences made of stone
I am reaching out won't you take my hand
I'm coming home Ireland

Now the fog is deep and heavy
As we forge the dark and fear
We can hear their horses breathing
As in silence we draw near
There are no words to be spoken
Just a look to say good-bye I draw a breath and night is broken
As I scream our battle cry

Ireland I am coming home
I can see your rolling fields of green
And fences made of stone
I am reaching out won't you take my hand
I'm coming home Ireland
Yes I am home Ireland

We were forty against hundreds


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"Ireland" as written by Jenny L Yates Garth Brooks

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    General CommentI always figured it was about the Irish Brigade in the US Civil War.
    jenninedon January 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song!
    lions99on December 08, 2001   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song!
    lions99on December 08, 2001   Link
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    General CommentThis song gives me goosebumps, I even get them just reading the lyrics. It's so sad, but at the same time makes me proud of my Irish heritage to know that people love their homeland so much they would fight for it knowing they are going to die.
    charitybon April 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI always wondered why he never made a video of this song... Can't you just see him standing on the hills in Ireland singing the chorus as the camera pans a circle around him????
    Mommacaton August 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentFourty against Hundreds! Was this based on an antient battle? Gives me chills! An inspiring song.
    Southern Sonon February 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwas this real? like did it happen?
    .tomsgirl.on December 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentActually this song as far as I can tell is about the time of troubles in Ireland with England, mainly about what is happening right before and during the "battle" which isn't really that much of a battle considering the size of the IRA during the times I am thinking this happened. Considering when this song came out, it might be talking somewhat about Michael Collins, who was a very influential leader during alot of the oppression that dealt with the troubles and trying to be free from Englands rule. If your interested more in what I am talking about just shoot me a message and I will try to tell you what I can.
    dwarfsetsfireon February 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm thinking this song has to do with the Irish that went and fought with the British in WWI and they were promised their independence if they fought. However that didn't happen.
    NGwarfareon August 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure, but I'm Irish mysef and into history,and when I first heard this I imagined it being about the Wild Geese, the Irish soliders who were dispersed from their homes to fight in wars across the world, and the song is about one returning home. Woud be interesting to see what Garth Brooks intended...
    smcafeeon June 25, 2007   Link

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