Come Out Ye Black And Tans Lyrics

Wolfe Tones


publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
writers: Joe Giltrap, Unknown Pd Writer, Wes Mcghee
album: Track in album 25th Anniversary
release date: 1989
popularity : 2903 users have visited this page.
length: 2:12
writer: Dominic Behan

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Wolfe Tones 25th Anniversary cover art
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I was born on a Dublin street where the royal drums did beat,
And those loving English feet they tramped all over us,
And each and every night when me father came home tight
He'd invite the neighbors outside with this chorus:

Come out ye Black and Tans, come out and fight me like a man,
Show your wife how you won medals down in Flanders,
Tell them how the IRA made you run like hell away
From the green and lovely lanes of Killashandra.

Come tell us how you slew them poor Arabs two by two,
Like the Zulus they had spears and bows and arrows,
How you bravely faced each one with your 16-pounder gun,
And you frightened them poor natives to their marrow.

Come out ye Black and Tans, come out and fight me like a man,
Show your wife how you won medals down in Flanders,
Tell them how the IRA made you run like hell away
From the green and lovely lanes of Killashandra.

Come let us hear you tell how you slandered great Parnell,
When you thought him well and truly persecuted,
Where are the sneers and jeers that you bravely let us hear
When our heroes of '16 were executed?

Come out ye Black and Tans, come out and fight me like a man,
Show your wife how you won medals down in Flanders,
Tell them how the IRA made you run like hell away
From the green and lovely lanes of Killashandra.

Well the day is coming fast and the time is here at last,
When each yeoman will be cut aside before us,
And if there be a need, sure me kids would sing, "Godspeed,"
With a verse or two of Stephen Behan's chorus:

Come out ye Black and Tans, come out and fight me like a man,
Show your wife how you won medals down in Flanders,
Tell them how the IRA made you run like hell away
From the green and lovely lanes of Killashandra.


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Celtic Symphony
  • 2 The Merry Ploughboy
  • 3 Women of Ireland
  • 4 Rock on Rockall
  • 5 The Foggy Dew
  • 6 James Connolly
  • 7 The Man From Mullingar
  • 8 Flow Liffey Waters
  • 9 First of May
  • 10 The Piper That Played Before Moses
  • 11 Janie Mac I’m Nearly Forty
  • 12 Give Me Your Hand
  • 13 The Boys of the Old Brigade
  • 14 Dingle Bay
  • 15 The Big Strong Man
  • 16 Monsignor Horan
    CD 2
  • 1 Boston Rose
  • 2 The Zoological Gardens
  • 3 The Broad Black Brimmer
  • 4 Newgrange (Brú na Bóinne)
  • 5 Treat Me Daughter Kindly
  • 6 Come Out Ye Black and Tans
  • 7 Sliabh na mBan
  • 8 Far Away in Australia
  • 9 Goodbye
  • 10 Helicopter Song
  • 11 An Dórd Féinne (Óró Sé do Bheatha Abhaile)
  • 12 The Merman
  • 13 The Teddy Bear’s Head
  • 14 Banna Strand
  • 15 Many Young Men of Twenty
  • 16 The West’s Awake