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Ireland's call

Ireland's Call

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Come the day and come the hour,
Come the power and the glory,
We have come to answer our country's call,
For the four proud Provinces of Ireland
Ireland, Ireland,
Together standing tall,
Shoulder to shoulder,
We'll answer Ireland's call
Ireland, Ireland,
Together standing tall,
Shoulder to shoulder,
We'll answer Ireland's call

A Soldier's Song (Rep of Ireland anthem) - Gaelic

A Soldier's Song

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Amhrán na bhFiann
Seo dhibh a cháirde duan óglaigh,
Cathréimeach briomhar ceolmhar,
ár dtinte cnámh go buacach táid,
'S an spéir go min réaltogach
Is fonnmhar faobhrach sinn chun gleo
'S go tiúnmhar glé roimh thíocht do'n ló
Fé chiúnas chaomh na hoiche ar seol:
Seo libh canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann

Chorus
Sinne Firnna Fáil
A tá fé gheall ag éirinn,
buion dár slua
Thar toinn do ráinig chugainn,
Fé mhóid bheith saor.
Sean tír ár sinsir feasta
Ní fhagfar fé'n tiorán ná fén tráil
Anocht a théam sa bhearna bhaoil,
Le gean ar Ghaeil chun báis nó saoil
Le guna screach fé lámhach na bpiléar
Seo libh canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann

Cois bánta réidhe, ar árdaibh sléibhe,
Ba bhuachach ár sinsir romhainn,
Ag lámhach go tréan fé'n sár-bhrat séin
Tá thuas sa ghaoith go seolta
Ba dhúchas riamh d'ár gcine cháidh
Gan iompáil siar ó imirt áir,
'S ag siúl mar iad i gcoinne námhad
Seo libh, canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann

Chorus

Translation - A Soldier's Song

We'll sing a song, a soldier's song,
With cheering rousing chorus,
As round our blazing fires we throng,
The starry heavens o'er us;
Impatient for the coming fight,
And as we wait the morning's light,
Here in the silence of the night,
We'll chant a soldier's song

Chorus
Soldiers are we
Whose lives are pledged to Ireland;
Some have come
From a land beyond the wave.
Sworn to be free,
No more our ancient sire land
Shall shelter the despot or the slave.
Tonight we man the gap of danger
In Erin's cause, come woe or weal
Mid cannons roar and rifles peal,
We'll chant a soldier's song

In valley green, on towering crag,
Our fathers fought before us,
And conquered 'neath the same old flag
That's proudly floating o'er us.
We're children of a fighting race,
That never yet has known disgrace,
And as we march, the foe to face,
We'll chant a soldier's song

Chorus

Molly Malone

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In Dublin's fair city,
Where the girls are so pretty,
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone,
As she wheeled her wheelbarrow
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive oh!

Alive, alive oh! Alive, alive oh!
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive oh!

She was a fishmonger,
And sure 'twas no wonder,
For so were her father and mother before,
And they each wheeled their barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive oh!

Alive, alive oh! Alive, alive oh!
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive oh!

She died of a fever,
And no one could save her,
And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone.
Now her ghost wheels her barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive oh!

Alive, alive oh! Alive, alive oh!
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive oh!

The Wild Rover

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I've been a wild rover for many a year,
And I've spent all my money on whiskey and beer,
But now I'm returning with gold in great store,
And never will play the wild rover no more

Chorus
And it's no, nay, never
No, nay, never, no more,
Will I play the wild rover
No never, no more

I went to an ale house I used to frequent,
And I told the landlady my money was spent.
I asked her for credit, she answered me nay.
Such custom like yours I can get any day

Chorus

I took from my pocket ten sovereigns bright,
And the landlady's eyes opened wide with delight,
She said, "I have whiskeys and wines of the best,
And I'll take you upstairs, and I'll show you the rest"

Chorus

I'll go home to my parents, confess what I've done,
And I'll ask them to pardon their prodigal son.
And if they caress me as oft times before,
I never will play the wild rover no more!

Chorus

Fields of Athenry

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By a lonely prison wall,
I heard a young girl calling:
"Michael, they are taking you away,
For you stole Trevelyn's corn,
So the young might see the morn.
Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay"

Chorus
Low lie the fields of Athenry,
Where once we watched the small free birds fly.
Our love was on the wing.
We had dreams and songs to sing.
It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry

By a lonely prison wall,
I heard a young man calling:
"Nothing matters, Mary, when you're free.
Against the famine and the crown
I rebelled, they cut me down.
Now you must raise our child with dignity"

Chorus

By a lonely harbour wall,
She watched the last star falling,
As that prison ship sailed out against the sky.
Sure she'll wait and hope and pray
For her love in Botany Bay,
It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry

Chorus

Tommy Bowe

Tommy Bowe sings at homecoming



see also
Country profile: Ireland
22 Mar 12 |  Country profiles
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales
Scrum V's rugby songs
13 Aug 07 |  Welsh


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