Clare's Dragoons lyrics

by The Cassidy's

When on Ramilles' bloody field
The baffled French were forced to yield,
The victor Saxon backward reeled
Before the charge of Clare's Dragoons.
The flags we conquered in that fray
Look lone in Ypres choir they say,
We´ll win them company today,
Or bravely die like Clare's Dragoons.

Viva la, for Ireland's wrong!
Viva la, for Ireland's right!
Viva la, in battle throng,
For a Spanish steed and a sabre bright!

The brave old lord died near the fight,
But for each drop he lost that night
A Saxon cavalier shall bite
The dust, before Lord Clare's Dragoons.
For never, when our spurs were set,
And never, when our sabres met,
Could we the Saxon soldiers get
To stand the shock of Clare's dragoons.

Viva la, the New Brigade!
Viva la, the old one too!
Viva la, the Rose shall fade
And the Shamrock shine for ever new!

Another Clare is here to lead
The worthy son of such a breed;
The French expect some famous deed,
When Clare leads on his bold Dragoons.
Our Colonel comes from Brians race,
His wounds are in his breast and face,
The bearna baoghail is still his place,
The foremost of his bold Dragoons.

Viva la, the New Brigade!
Viva la, the old one too!
Viva la, the Rose shall fade
And the Shamrock shine for ever new!

O comrades! Think how Ireland pines,
Her exiled lords, her rifled shrines,
Her dearest hope the ordered lines
And bursting charge of Clare´s Dragoons.
Then fling the Green Flag to the sky,
And 'Limerick!' be your battle cry,
And charge til blood flows fetlock-high
Around the track of Clare's Dragoons!

Viva la, the New Brigade!
Viva la, the old one too!
Viva la, the Rose shall fade
And the Shamrock shine for ever new!

Song Details

Clare's Dragoons

Writer: Thomas Davis (1814 -1845)... more

Born: Thomas Osborne Davis in Mallow, County Cork, Ireland.

Other Notable Works: A Nation Once Again

References:
Dragoons - a combat arm of the cavalry for action on horseback and on foot.
Ypres - a town in W Belgium, in W Flanders province near the border with France: scene of many sieges and battles.
bearna baoghail - gap of danger. Here is an excerpt from the Irish Translation Forum on the meaning of these words:

The "Gap of Danger" refers to a battle in the rising of 1798, as John Kelly (Maybe ye know the song Kelly the Boy from Killane?) led a charge against the Bewley Gates in the seige of New Ross. The location of the battle was given the name "Bearna Baoghal" and became a symbol of the danger that the Irish were willing to face in order to gain their freedom.

Category: Political / Soldiering / 18th century

Recording Artists: Na Casaidigh (featured artists)… also called The Cassidy's. They are a Traditional Irish group originally from Gweedore, County Donegal.

Logo Clare's Dragoons by Na Casaidigh is featured on the album 1691 (March 5, 2010).

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