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Irish Soldier Laddie lyrics

The Barleycorn

'Twas a morning in July
I was walking thro' Tipperary
When I heard a battle cry
From the mountains over head
As I looked up in the sky
Saw an Irish soldier laddie
He looked at me right fearlessly and said,

Will you stand in the band like a true Irish man
And go and fight the forces of the crown.
Will you march with O'Neill to an Irish battle field
For tonight we're going to free old Wexford town

Said I to that soldier boy
Would you take me to your captain
It would be my pride and joy
For to march with you today.
My young brother fell at Cork
And my son at Enniscorthy
And to the noble captain I did say

I will stand in the band like a true Irish man
And go and fight the forces of the crown.
I will march with O'Neill to an Irish battle field
For tonight we're going to free old Wexford town

As we marched back from the field
In the shadow of the evening
With our banners flying low
To the memory of our dead
We turned on to our homes
But without my soldier laddie
Yet I never will forget those words he said.

I will stand in the band like a true Irish man
And go and fight the forces of the crown.
I will march with O'Neill to an Irish battle field
For tonight we're going to free old Wexford town

Will you stand in the band like a true Irish man
And go and fight the forces of the crown.
Will you march with O'Neill to an Irish battle field
For tonight we're going to free old Wexford town

Song Details

Irish Soldiers
Young Irish Soldiers

Music & Lyrics: Patrick Joseph "Paddy Joe" McGuigan (8/12/1939 – 17/03/2014) - an Irish musician born in Belfast. He played with the group Barleycorn and wrote several rebel songs including, The Men Behind The Wire, The Boys Of The Old Brigade, Freedom Walk, and Bring Them Home. He died at age 74 after an illness.

Brief: The singer meets a young Irish soldier who asks him to join in the battle and march with O'Neill to free Wexford town from the English invaders. He tells the soldier to take him to his captain as it would be his pride and joy to march with the army as he had already lost a youngerv brother who fell at Cork and his son at Enniscorthy.

After the battle, the soldiers that were left were marching home flying their flag low in memory of the fallen - with the singer lamenting the death of the young Irish soldier laddie.

Category: Irish Rebel Song

Covers: The Davitts, The Irish Ramblers, The Irish Rebels, Brier, The Fighting Men From Crossmaglen, Barleycorn (featured), Dublin City Ramblers, Patsy Watchorn, Derek Warfield, Gary Og, Danny Doyle, Charlie & The Bhoys...

Album: Irish Songs Of Freedom - Volume 2 (March 5, 2009).

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