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Michael J. Lowrey 17 Mar 99 - 03:15 PM
Big Mick 19 Mar 99 - 01:34 PM
Brakn 20 Mar 99 - 08:36 AM
Gabriel 14 Mar 18 - 04:01 PM
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Subject: "Protestant Men" lyrics sought
From: Michael J. Lowrey
Date: 17 Mar 99 - 03:15 PM

I'm more a wombat than a mudcat, but perhaps someone can help me.

Here on Patrick's own day, I'm looking for the lyrics to a rebel song, "Protestant Men." It honors some of the PROTESTANTS who have fought and died for Ireland's freedom, from Wolfe Tone on to the Easter Rising. Naturally, I don't know the author. It's not on the database, and I'm having no luck on the Web.

Please reply directly to me,

Michael J. Lowrey, Editor-in-Chief Sunrise Book & Software Reviews 1847 N. 2d Str.; Milwaukee, WI 53212-3760

Member: National Writers Union/UAW; Wis. State Employees Union/AFSCME; I.U.660/IWW

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Subject: RE: Protestant Men
From: Big Mick
Date: 19 Mar 99 - 01:34 PM

First, welcome to our community, my brother. I am a Union Organizer in my day job for the UFCW. Please stay involved here. You will find some of the most amazing people you have ever met, discussions that are brilliant, disagreement for the most part without rancor, and zany comments that will make you laugh out loud. And ultimately you will have to join a 12 step program to deal with your addiction to the 'Cat.

With regard to your song request, I will try to find something in my library, which is fairly extensive, but it does not ring a bell. But let me point out (and I am an Irish Catholic, and republican in the Irish sense)that many of Irelands greatest patriot's were Protestant. Parnell, Wolfetone, and many of the United Irish leadership were such. Party's whose self interest lies in keeping Ireland divided are the ones who make a religious issue of the troubles. But this is not about religion, it is about economics among other issues. The important thing now is that the Irish people have spoken and it is our duty to support them in their quest for peace.

OK, OK, Mick, off the soapbox. I will try to find the song for you, and I will bet someone comes up with it before I do.


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Subject: RE: Protestant Men
From: Brakn
Date: 20 Mar 99 - 08:36 AM

This is what I can make of it. It was written by Brian Warfield of the Wolfe Tones. Bits in italics are what I'm not sure of.
Regards Mick Bracken

It was back in history's page, the story's told
Of a Napper Tandy, brave and bold
With his scarlet and green, he then was seen
With his big long gun and his fighting men
And they beated? the drum, they fired their gun
And they shook the English establishment
And the lords and the peers, they then took fears
And Grattan got his Parliament

So here's to those brave Protestant men
Who gave their lives to free our land
All the people sang their praises then
For those brave United Irishmen

In Belfast Town, there lived a man
And his name was Samuel Nielson
A minister's son, Presbyterian
That the paper called "The Northern Star"
There was Henry Joy, the green volunteers
And Thomas Russell and McCabe and McTeer
And to them was known, a man Wolfe Tone
And formed the first United Men

So you've lost your dragon's teeth, and then you'll see,
That you've sowed the seeds of bigotry
The England's fool, divide they'll rule
So they set to break the United Men
And killed them in the fields, and some in jail
And some upon the gallows high
When Willie Orr did die, his very last cry
Was unite and fight brave Irishmen

Cast dissentions to the wind, let all men lend
To the common name of an Irishman
For across history's page, to rant and rage
Then cross the pales of bigotry
There was the men of 98, though sad there fate
Lord Edward, Tone and the brothers Sheares
It was Emmett's plea in eighteen and three
When we tried to set our country free

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Subject: RE: ADD: Protestant Men
From: Gabriel
Date: 14 Mar 18 - 04:01 PM

There is a YouTube recording of The Wolf Tones singing this song.
The sentiments of the song are fine ones.
However, the words are not in the least lyrical and the tune it is set to is very poor.
It is justly forgotten. What a pity.

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