"Emerald" as written by Brian Michael Downey, William Scott Gorham, Philip Parris Lynott and Brian David Robertson....
Down from the glen came the marching men
With their shields and their swords
To fight the fight they believed to be right
Overthrow the overlords

To the town where there was plenty
They brought plunder, swords and flame
When they left the town was empty
Children would never play again

From their graves I heard the fallen
Above the battle cry
By that bridge near the border
There were many more to die

Then onward over the mountain
And outward towards the sea
They had come to claim the emerald
Without it they could not leave


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"Emerald" as written by Brian Michael Downey Brian David Robertson

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    General CommentThis is about a raid, but not by Vikings. It's about Cromwell and the English taking Ireland. I believe it refers to the Sack of Wexford and the Siege of Drogheda. The last line says "they came for the emerald (Ireland) and without it they could not leave". That's my take.
    blacksabfanon September 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about vikings raiding Ireland, but its a metaphor about the troubles that they had. As in Protestant vs. Catholics that tore the country apart during the time thin lizzy was most active. sad indeed
    MANvsTREEon March 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentevery Irish person should listen to this song i think it's about vikings raids on ireland in a cool rock
    way
    queenbabeon May 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song..teh guitar duel is awesome!
    ZosoistheSHITon December 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is a legend
    Burtoniteon January 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone get the feeling this song is partly about the bad side of a violent revolution?

    The part about "Where children will never play again" kinda gives me that feeling.
    Plantmiesteron August 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think Queenbabe is right about this being a raid in Ireland.

    On a side note, the riff after the verse in this song is the greatest riff in the history of rock 'n' roll.
    INeedAHugon March 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe line 'to overthrow the overlords' suggests a revolution to me. I'd agree with Plantmiester on this one.
    human_4_lyfon February 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFirst off, great song and a guitar riff that stays with you, very recognizable, even after not hearing it for years. Second, this is about the British, not the Vikings, the British were the ones with a Feudal system in Ireland, an Overlord was the Chief of all of the Lords in the area and reported back to the Crown. Even though the Vikings had somewhat of a Feudal system set up in parts of the world, Ireland was more of a hit and run place for them, not a place to set up for the long haul like the bloody Brit's did.
    mark200on August 16, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is definately not about the Vikings. The line "by that bridge near the border" seems to refer to the border between North Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Any idea of any battles that may have taken place at a bridge on the border between North and South Ireland?
    JazzzSpazzzon January 04, 2010   Link

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