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Thread #61622   Message #3395248
Posted By: Jim Carroll
26-Aug-12 - 03:08 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: No Irish Need Apply
You've both had enough evidence to sink a ship - if you don't accept it - tough (didn't expect K to anyway, doesn't suit his moronic grand plan)
It remains one of the facts of life among the Travelling communities of these islands and will remain so while ignorance and maliciousness prevails

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From Wrights, 'Irish Emigrant Songs and Ballads'


Oh 'twas yesterday that I was led on such a wild goose chase,
I read an advertisement and went out to get a place,
But when the mistress saw me, says she "why, by the by,
Did you not read the words there "no Irish need apply?"
"If to my Country you object, just tell the reason why,
But don't print such a heartless line, "no Irish need apply."

If a stranger goes to Ireland, he's treated like a lord,
True hospitality there is found, just take poor paddy's word,
They'll treat you to their potheen, and welcome you with joy,
So pray blot out those heartless words, "no Irish need apply."
Oh don't throw stones for fear you hit your father in the eye,
I With such a flinty missile as "no Irish need apply."

At Balaklava, Inkerman, and through the Russian War,
Didn't Irishmen fight bravely as they've often done before?
And in this War their loyal arms have made the rebels fly,
So pray blot out forever, that "no Irish need apply."
If you wan a second Wellington, to get one never try,
While still you write the foolish words, "no Irish need apply."

Of Generals brave, and Statesmen, old Ireland too can boast,
Her Poets still are everywhere a universal toast;
There's Goldsmith, Curran, Grattan, Moore, and Lever yet to try, 1
What may be done by genius when Irishmen apply.
Sure Sheridan the brilliant, and Campbell, by the by,
Would never have been known if then "no Irish did apply."

Ah surely you may speak kindly now, if you could not before,
When you think of manly Corcoran, who alas, is now no more;
The Union to preserve, he with both hand and heart did try,
So don't offend his brothers with, "no Irish need apply."
When you think of Catharine Hayes and Clonmel long gone bv.
You surely can't repeat that line, "no Irish need apply."

So let us all united be, and true men all around,
And let no petty feelings yet in any heart be found;
But strive for that great Haven, where all happiness doth lie,
And State or Creed no object is, and all nations may apply;
And let us join both heart and hand, and this the reason why,
We all should meet in Heaven, where all nations may apply.


hey insult an Irishman and think nought of what they say,
They'll call him green, an Irish bull, it happens every day;
Now to these folks I'll say a word—to sing a song I'll try—
And answer to those dirty words, "No Irish need apply."
So, if you'll give attention, I'll sing my song to you,
And the subject of my song shall be, "What Irish boys can do."

If you'd come to Ireland they'd treat you well, I'm sure;
Pat would share his last potato with the destitute and poor;
If you were sick and weary, and had no place to rest,
The bed you'd get, though poor perhaps, would be Pat's very best.
He'd nurse you, too, he would that, and give you whisky, too,
And you cannot find a nobler act than Irishmen can do.

Did you ever know an Irishman from any danger flinch?
In fighting, too, he'd rather die than give his foe an inch.
Among the bravest in the world are the sons of Erin's green isle,
Sure the Iron Duke of Wellington was a native of the soil.
And didn't he badly whip the French on the plains of Waterloo,
Which plainly showed to the whole world what Irishmen can do.

Old Ireland's had her warriors, who fought both true and brave;
Pat's assisted every nation, on the land and on the wave:
And poets, too, she's had—yes, many and many a score,
Where can you find much brighter stars than Lover or Tom Moore?
Old Ireland's had her actors, and authors not a few,
And things of wit and humor the Irish all can do.

Did you ne'er hear tell of Sheridan, or of lamented Catharine Hays?
Did you ne'er see fun in Irish songs, or laugh at Irish plays?
Old Ireland's had her statesmen—their fame the wide world rings!
She's likewise had musicians, to tune her old harp strings!
Not all Irish girls are beautiful, but then they're always true,
And for faith and generosity the Irish girls will do.

And then, too, in the present war between the North and South,
Let no dirty slur on Irish ever escape your mouth.
Sure did you ne'er hear tell of the 69th, who bravely fought at Bull Run,
And Meber, of the seven days fight, that was in front of Richmond?
With General Shields, who fought so brave for the flag red, white and blue
And anything like a bayonet charge the Irish boys can do.

Then why slur upon the Irish? why are they treated so?
What is it you have against them is what I want to know?
Sure, they work for all they get, and that you can't deny!
Then why insult them with the words, "No Irish need apply."
If you want to find their principles, go search the wide world through,
And you'll find all things that's noble the Irish folks can do.