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Joe McDonnell Lyrics T-Shirt

Joe McDonnell Lyrics T-Shirt

$ 22.00


Over an Irish harp the Irish rebel song "Joe McDonnell" with part of the song on front and the full lyrics on back. 

Joe McDonnell
Brian Warfield

Oh my name is Joe McDonnell, From Belfast town I came
That city I will never see again, For in the town of Belfast
I spent many happy days, And I loved that town in oh so many ways
For it's there I spent my childhood, And found for me a wife
I then set out to make for her a life, Oh but all my young ambition
Met with bitterness and hate, I soon found myself inside a prison gate

And you dare to call me a terrorist, While you look down your gun
When I think of all the deeds that you have done -
You have plundered many nations, Divided many lands
You have terrorized their people, You ruled with an iron hand
And you brought this reign of terror to my land

Through the many months internment, In the Maidstone and the Maze
I thought about my land throughout those days
Why my country was divided, Why I was now in jail
Imprisoned without crime or without trial, And though I love my country
I am not a bitter man, I've seen cruelty and injustice at first hand
And so one faithful morning, I shook bold freedom's hand
For right or wrong I tried to free my land

Then one cold October's morning, I was trapped in the lion's den
And I found myself in prison once again, I was committed to the H-Blocks
For fourteen years or more, On the "blanket" the conditions they were poor
Then a hunger strike we did commence, For the dignity of man
But it seemed to me that no one gave a damn, Oh but now I am a saddened man
I've watched my comrades die, If only people cared or wondered why

Oh may God shine on you, Bobby Sands, For the courage you have shown
May your glory and your fame be widely known, And Francis Hughes and Ray McCreesh
Who died unselfishly, And Patsy O'Hara, and the next in line is me
And those who lie behind me, May your courage be the same
And I pray to god my life was not in vain

And though sad and bitter was the year of 1981
All was not lost, but it's still there to be won

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