James Connolly Lyrics

Wolfe Tones


publisher: ©BARDIS MUSIC, USA ATTN: PETER BARDON
writers: Wolfe Tones
album: Track 4 in album Let the People Sing
release date: 1972
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length: 5:28

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The man was all shot through that came to day into the Barrack Square
And a soldier I, I am not proud to say that we killed him there
They brought him from the prison hospital and to see him in that chair
I swear his smile would, would far more quickly call a man to prayer

Maybe, maybe I don't understand this thing that makes these rebels die
Yet all men love freedom and the spring clear in the sky
I wouldn't do this deed again for all that I hold by
As I gazed down my rifle at his breast but then, then a soldier I.

They say he was different, kindly too apart from all the rest.
A lover of the poor-his wounds ill dressed.
He faced us like a man who knew a greater pain
Than blows or bullets ere the world began: died he in vain

Ready, Present, and him just smiling, Christ I felt my rifle shake
His wounds all open and around his chair a pool of blood
And I swear his lips said, "fire" before my rifle shot that cursed lead
And I, I was picked to kill a man like that, James Connolly

A great crowd had gathered outside of Kilmainham
Their heads all uncovered, they knelt to the ground.
For inside that grim prison
Lay a great Irish soldier

His life for his country about to lay down.
He went to his death like a true son of Ireland
The firing party he bravely did face
Then the order rang out: Present arms and fire

James Connolly fell into a ready-made grave
The black flag was hoisted, the cruel deed was over
Gone was the man who loved Ireland so well
There was many a sad heart in Dublin that morning

When they murdered James Connolly. The Irish rebel


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Snowy Breasted Pearl
  • 2 Sean South of Garryowen
  • 3 Twice Daily
  • 4 James Connolly
  • 5 Don't Stop Me Now
  • 6 Táim in Arréars
  • 7 Come Out Ye Black & Tans
  • 8 On the One Road
  • 9 The Men Behind the Wire
  • 10 For Ireland I'd Not Tell Her Name
  • 11 Paddy Lie Back
  • 12 The First of May
  • 13 Long Kesh
  • 14 A Nation Once Again