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Thread #10532   Message #998990
Posted By: GUEST,Brian Leo, continued
08-Aug-03 - 12:04 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Brian Boru
Subject: RE: Brian Boru lyrics?
[sorry. I hit the wrong key. let me try again.]

Crouched high in round towers against the return
of foreign marauders who pillage and burn,
the monks of St. Kevin pray, each in his turn,
"When will God send us a champion-king?"
Around them their treasures of knowledge and gold,
the manuscripts thick with the riches they hold,
the monks raise a prayer that is desperate and old,
"When will God send us a champion-king?"
   Rally now, Meath and Connemara!
   Follow the one High King of Tara.
   Fearlessly fight and boldly sing,
   "Onward for Erin and Brian the King!"
   Warriors of Ulster, Munster, Leinster,
   cleanse her from those who'd war against her.
   Brian Boru shall victory bring.
   Onward for Erin, and Brian the King!
In dagger-thin boats the slice down the Bann,
the Shannon, the Liffey, each stream in the land,
the Norse kill and plunder, afraid of no man
who would lead Erin as champion-king.
For Erin in splintered by mountain and sea,
each fragment a kingdom, but no king is free
till Brian of Munster becomes the Ard Ri
and Erin unites for her champion-king
   (chorus as before)
Long Brian has slept. The years run their course.
The sword of the British replaces the Norse.
Again are we slaved to a cruel, foreign force.
Who will lead Erin as champion king,
our shackles to sunder, our land to defend,
to dare to make Ireland all Irish again?
What less can we do and still call ourselves men,
children of freedom and Brian the King?
   Rally now, Meath and Connemara!
   Light the bonfire on holy Tara!
   Send forth the call to boldly sing,
   "Onward for Erin like Brian the King!"
   Warriors of Ulster, Munster, Leinster,
   cleanse her from those still armed against her!
   Like bold Boru, great victories bring!
   Onward for Erin and Brian the King!


This of course is copyrighted by me, but I'll let anyone sing it without royalties, provided they tell the audience I wrote it. If you want to record it, let me know. I'm really cheap, and can be found at revtink100@yahoo.com. Thanks.