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Deskjet looking for a song title-Irish, sung at Hughes Pub (22) ADD: Liberty Hall (Brendan Devereux) 10 Mar 10


Hi,
As the writer and singer of the song I suppose I should say something!
The song is called Liberty Hall, and it was written to acknowledge my grandfather's (Patrick Devereux)and his sister's(Molly or Mary) participation in the 1916 Rising. They were both members of the Irish Citizens Army.
My grandfather spent the week in the Imperial Hotel (now Clery's) and my grandaunt fought in the College of Surgeons, St. Stephen's Green, alongside Countess Markievicz.
The centenary of the SIPTU union was last year, and Christy Moore invited me to sing this song at the centenary concert, in Liberty Hall, last December. A great night.
Here are the words

LIBERTY HALL
(Brendan Devereux)

1.
As the sun went down on Dublin Town in Easter in 1916
Two lovers walked through cobblestoned streets as the Jarveys called from the Green.
Though their hearts were young they were feeling sad, not knowing what tomorrow might bring,
For they had made a vow 'neath the Starry Plough they'd serve neither Kaiser nor King:
And they'd answer the call to Liberty Hall, and they'd rally with James Connolly.

2.
She was a milliner by trade from Harmony Row, he was a docker from off the North Strand,
And during the Lockout of 1913 they played in the union piped band.
And when the Irish Citizen's Army was formed, they were there at the head of the queue,
And they'd fight for the rights of the working class, a fight that was noble and true:
And they'd answer the call to Liberty Hall, and they'd rally with James Connolly.

3.
Their bayonets shone in the mid-morning sun as they marched along Eden Quay.
With their heads held high their rallying cry was 'Revenge for 1913'.
And a stolen glance at O'Connell Bridge was all the lovers could spare,
But it told them all they wanted to know, and all they wanted to share:
And they'd answer the call to Liberty Hall, and they'd rally with James Connolly.

4.
They commandeered the GPO, and soon the fighting began.
The bullets raged and the cannons roared and blood on the cobblestones ran.
And through the barricades and broken glass the guns of the rebels fired,
And as the British Army advanced the lovers fought side by side:
And they'd answer the call to Liberty Hall and they'd rally with James Connolly.

5.
They battled on for five more days before they were forced to give in.
They were taken away to English jails, where the wind blew bitter and chill.
And when they came back home again the lovers were soon man and wife,
And they lived in one room in Summerhill, and they lived there for the rest of their lives:
And they'd answer the call to Liberty Hall and they'd rally with James Connolly.

6.
So here's to those brave women and men who fought and died for us all.
Well it wasn't for fortune and it wasn't for fame, they marched from Liberty Hall.
They marched for the bare-foot boy in rags and the mother who cried in vain,
And the father who died on a building site without a penny to his name:
And they'd answer the call to Liberty Hall and they'd rally with James Connolly.

Brendan Devereux
http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/BrendanDevereux

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