I sing the song of the colony
How many years and you're still not free
And your mother cries and you ask god why
Greed is the knife and the scars run deep
How many races with much reason to weep
And your children cry
And you ask god why

Annie, she came from Dunlavin Town
The TB came and killed her family all around
Population booms
Eleven in two rooms
Katie she came from down Townsend street
Ten in a bed and no shoes on their feet
1916 came
They played the patriots game
Freddy, he came from the Iveagh flats
Tenement slums and infested with rats
Sleeping on damp straw
Trying not to break the law
Thomas, he came from Kilmaine in Mayo
Semi starvation was the only life you'd know
In a two room shack
Then jailed in Letterfrack

I look to the east, I look to the west
To the north and the south, and I'm not too impressed
Time after time
After crime after crime
They raped, robbed, pillaged, enslaved and murdered
Jesus Christ was their god and they done it in his name
So he could take the blame if it's not all a game
With bible in one hand and a sword in the other
They came to purify my land of my Gaelic Irish mothers
And fathers, and sisters and brothers
With our own ancient customs, laws, music, art
Way of life and culture
Tribal in structure
We had a civilisation
When they were still neanderthal nations
We suffer with the Native American, the Indian in Asia
Aboriginal Australia
The African people with their history so deep
And our children still weep and our lives are still cheap
You came from Germany, from France, from England
And from Spain
From Belgium and from Portugal
You all done much the same

You took what was not yours
Went against your own bible
You broke your own laws
Just to out do the rival
But did you ever apologize
For the hundreds and millions of lives
You destroyed and terrorised
Or have you never realized
Did you never feel shame
For what was done in your country's name
And find out who's to blame and why they were so inhumane
And still they teach you in your school
About those glorious days of rule
And how it's your destiny to be
Superior to me
But if you've any kind of mind
You'll see that all human kind
Are the children of this earth
And your hate for them will chew you up and spit you out

You'll never kill our will to be free, to be free
You'll never kill our will to be free, to be free
You'll never kill our will to be free, to be free
Inside our minds we hold, hold the key


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    General Commentthis is an unreal song... the passion and heart damo puts into it is bloody incredible!! what a hero!!! he is the voice of the voiceless!!!
    steve_de_burcaon May 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is an unreal song... the passion and heart damo puts into it is bloody incredible!! what a hero!!! he is the voice of the voiceless!!!
    steve_de_burcaon May 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is an unreal song... the passion and heart damo puts into it is bloody incredible!! what a hero!!! he is the voice of the voiceless!!!
    steve_de_burcaon May 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree. Great song Damien Dempsey is very underrated in some parts of Ireland. Great song, a walk through Irish history? An occupied country, that was never at peace untill very recently.
    Squirt_gunon June 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song isn't so much about Irish history, as the swarm of the Roman Catholic church throughout europe. The reference to being jailed in" Letterfrack " is also about abuse of children in the RC childrens home of the same name .... and Ireland is still not at peace, look at the mindless sectarian killings/ beatings that are still going on ... all in the name of religion !!! The cause of all wars.

    Gregsyon October 04, 2009   Link

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