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Kevin Barry
Traditional Irish Songs

[Kevin Barry was a young volunteer in the IRA. He was caught
hiding under a truck after an ambush on British troops in
Queen Street, Dublin, in which a British soldier was killed.
He was sentenced to death and was hung on 1st November 1920.]

In Mountjoy jail one Monday morning
High upon the gallows tree
Kevin Barry gave his young life
For the cause of liberty

But a lad of eighteen summers
Still there's no one can deny
As he walked to death that morning
He proudly held his head on high

Just before he faced the hangman
In his dreary prison cell
The Black and Tans tortured Barry
Just because he wouldn't tell

The names of his brave comrades
And other things they wished to know
"Turn informer and we'll free you"
Kevin Barry answered, "no"

"Shoot me like a soldier
Do not hang me like a dog
For I fought to free old Ireland
On that still September morn"

"All around the little bakery
Where we fought them hand to hand
Shoot me like a brave soldier
For I fought for Ireland"

"Kevin Barry, do not leave us
On the scaffold you must die!"
Cried his broken-hearted mother
As she bade her son good-bye

Kevin turned to her in silence
Saying, "Mother, do not weep
For it's all for dear old Ireland
And it's all for freedom's sake"

Calmly standing to attention
While he bade his last farewell
To his broken hearted mother
Whose grief no one can tell

For the cause he proudly cherished
This sad parting had to be
Then to death walked softly smiling
That old Ireland might be free

Another martyr for old Ireland
Another murder for the crown
Whose brutal laws to crush the Irish
Could not keep their spirit down

Lads like Barry are no cowards
From the foe they will not fly
Lads like Barry will free Ireland
For her sake they'll live and die

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