All to hell we must sail
For the Shores of sweet Barbados
Where the sugar cane grows taller
Than the god we once believed in
Till the butcher and his crown
Raped the land we used to sleep in
Now tommorow chimes of ghostly crimes
That haunt Tobacco Island

'Twas 1659 forgotten now for sure
They dragged us from our homeland
With the musket and their gun
Cromwell and his roundheads
Battered all we know
Shackled hopes of freedom
We're now but stolen goods
Darken the horizon
Blackened from the sun
This rotten cage of Bridgetown
Is where I now belong


Red leg down a peg
Blistered burns the soul
The floggings they're a plenty
But reasons there are none
Our backs belong to landlords
Where branded is there name
Paid for with ten shillings
Cheap labor never breaks
The silver moon is shinin'
Cools the copper blood
Where the livin' meet the dead
And together dance as one


Agony, will you cleanse this misery?
For it's never again i'll breathe
The air of home
From this sandy edge
The rolling sea breaks my revenge
With each whisper a thousand waves
I hear roar
I'm coming home

Dark is the horizon
Blackened by the sun
This rotten cage of Bridgetown
Is where I now belong


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Tobacco Island song meanings
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  • +3
    General Commentthis song is completly different from anything else flogging molly has done, but i love it. The drums in the begging of the song get you all worked up and then the course comes in and all you wanna do is jump in the pit and fuck up lil emo kids. Anyway, it's about the british comming to ireland to take away the natives to work on the sugar plantations in Barbados...song's pretty self explanitory. Buy the new album though...it's sick
    sk8bboardon October 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentaghh i love this song. especially the violin break of course. damn bridget kicks ass
    wackydeli3on February 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGotta love the shots at Cromwell and the roundheads.

    Damn lousy Puritans.
    empiriciston February 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song has alot of merit to it, if you know the background. Between 1652-1659, over 100,000 Irish were deported to Barbados and Virginia by the Protestant majority of England, resulting in over 18,000 deaths of men, women, and children. For more on the subject, pick up the hard to find book "To Hell or Barbados: The Ethnic Cleansing of Ireland" by Sean O'Callaghan.
    Promodoon May 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. this and 7 deadly sins are awesomeeeee
    swinglineron October 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commententire album rocks, but i wouldnt expect anything less from FM :>
    BananasCanSmileon January 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy play count for this song on windows media is rediculously high...(61 in less than 2 months)
    bfcobblerman08on January 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo loosely quote Dave @ the Chicago IrishFest "A man named Oliver Cromwell tried to wipe us off the face of the planet,... so let's dance on his grave"
    tgunzdtd75on August 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm wondering why he chose the year 1659 though...He mentions Cromwell and the roundheads, but Oliver Cromwell died in 1658. The deportation didn't stop when Cromwell died, but the fact that he mentions cromwell in the year 1659 is a little weird
    aibam313on September 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCromwell raped our lands in the north and pretty much made it a Protestant sludge fuck...as it remains to this day.

    I agree with sk8bboard, after hearing this song, the first thing I wanted to do was christianize the little black-haired plagued fucks. Spanish Inquisition style, of course.
    kgangon January 03, 2006   Link

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