Lift Mac Cahir Og your face, broodin' o'er the old disgrace
That black Fitzwilliam stormed your place & drove you to the fern
Gray said victory was sure, soon the firebrand he'd secure
Until he met at Glenmalure with Fiach McHugh O'Byrne

Chorus

Curse and swear, Lord Kildare, Fiach will do what Fiach will dare
Now Fitzwilliam, have a care, fallen is your star low
Up with halberd, out with sword, on we go for, by the Lord
Fiach McHugh has given the word "Follow me up to Carlow"


See the swords at Glen Imaal, flashin' o'er the english pale
See all the children of the Gael, beneath O'Byrne's banner
Rooster of a fighting stock, would you let a Saxon cock
Crow out upon an Irish Rock, fly up and teach him manners

Chorus

From Tassagart to Clonmore, flows a stream of Saxon gore
How great is Rory Og O'Moore at sending loons to Hades
White is sick, Gray is fled, now for black Fitzwilliam's head
We'll send it over, dripping red, to Liza and her ladies

Chorus



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    General CommentWell this song is about a Rebellion that happened in Ireland in the 16th Century, lead by "Faich McHugh".
    It's specifically about the Battle of "Glenmalure" which was a Great Victory for the Irish Rebels over the English (lead by "Fitzwilliam").
    They defeated the English army and Killed Fitzwilliam (who was the Crown's representative), and then send his Severed head over to Queen Elizabeth ("now for black Fitzwilliam's head
    We'll send it over, dripping red, to Queen Liza and her ladies")
    I love this song, very Nationalistic, Anti-English and Romanticized, one of my favourite Traditional songs.
    Hibernianon February 12, 2006   Link

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