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Lyr Req: Daring Louis Darcy - Matt Keane

GUEST,Sarah 30 Jun 10 - 08:34 AM
GUEST,^&* 30 Jun 10 - 09:30 AM
GUEST,Matt Keane 08 Jul 10 - 09:14 AM
Jim Dixon 11 Jul 10 - 07:54 PM
Jim Dixon 13 Jul 10 - 04:48 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Daring Louis Darcy - Matt Keane
From: GUEST,Sarah
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 08:34 AM

I'm looking for the lyrics to a song Matt Keane sings about a man called "Louis Darcy". In the song they call him "The daring Louis Darcy." It's an old Irish republican song, some of the lines are "A young man of promise and business in england was returning to clydagh..." and "his aim and ambition was to raise battalion ...something something ... in the North Galway Brigade."

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Daring Louis Darcy - Matt Keane
From: GUEST,^&*
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 09:30 AM

There's a reference to what is probably the same song HERE as No. 55 - but the link (to an item in Colm O Lochlainn's collection, apparently) is broken.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Daring Louis Darcy - Matt Keane
From: GUEST,Matt Keane
Date: 08 Jul 10 - 09:14 AM

Was to rise a battalion and to fight like a soldier in The North Galway Brigade,,   Send me your address and I'll post you the Words

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Subject: Lyr Add: COMMANDANT LOUIS DARCY (from O Lochlainn
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Jul 10 - 07:54 PM

Here's my transcription from the broadside in the Colm O Lochlainn collection. The link works, but the file is in an unusual format (DjVu). You need to download a plug-in to be able to open it.

I added some punctuation and corrected a few grammar and spelling errors.


1. Weep not for the noble, the brave and true-hearted,
That high-minded youth that's now mouldering in clay,
That terror to England and her hired assassins,
Commandant Louis Darcy beside Clydagh Bay.

2. A young man of promise imprisoned in Dublin,
He returned to Clydagh in no way dismayed,
His aims and ambitions to raise a battalion
And died as a soldier in the Galway Brigade.

3. Success met his efforts, but all that sad story,
At Oranmore station he was captured one day,
Conveyed by the Tans in his official version,
Trying to escape shot down in the way.

4. Others may fight and others may conquer.
Others may lead in a high-handed way,
But oblivion will never enshroud in his numbers
Commandant Louis Darcy beside Clydagh Bay.

5. To fulfil his mission he worked without ceasing
With England's bloodhounds on his track day and night,
Unflinching his spirit, determined to conquer,
To do or to dare or to die in the fight.

6. Little he dreamt when he left his kind mother,
Little he dreamt when he bade her goodbye,
That an angel of death there awaited his coming,
That alone and unarmed that day he should die.

7. Fortune deserted our brave rebel leader
Ere actions more brilliant might adorn his name,
But in that roll of honour, the martyrs of Erin,
Brave Darcy shines forth as a man of great fame.

8. Brave men have fought and brave men have fallen.
Brave men have suffered and died for the cause,
But no noble[r] of motive than the daring young Darcy
Has died in defence of Republican laws.

9. England's assassins may glout [gloat?] over their victims.
England's cruel tyrants are now force[d] to own
That rifles and bayonets and lorries won't conquer
The fine Irish spirit that such men have shown.

10. Farewell, brave Commandant! We never will forget you.
The bright rays of freedom now light up our way.
In spirit you are with us to comfort and cheer us
And hover forever around Clydagh Bay.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Daring Louis Darcy - Matt Keane
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Jul 10 - 04:48 PM

Here's Matt Keane's MySpace page, his FaceBook page, and his web site. I didn't see anything there about Darcy.

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