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The Shamrock, Thistle And Rose (The Cormiers) video
#142: YouTube video by oldirishladdie ©2009
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Oh, where is the Scotsmen that don't love the thistle,
And Englishmen that don't love the rose?
Show me the true-hearted sons of old Erin,
That don't love the land where the shamrock still grows.

The English they boast of their glorious Nelson,
And well they may boast of such men;
For they met and defeated the fleet at Trafalgar,
And fought on, those brave Englishmen.

Oh, where is the Scotsmen that don't love the thistle,
And Englishmen that don't love the rose?
Show me the true-hearted sons of old Erin,
That don't love the land where the shamrock still grows.

The Irish they boast of their brave hearts of Evans,
O'Donnells and Brian Boru;
While they worked hard to survive in the new land,
To Ireland they proved to be true.

The Scotsmen they boast of their Bruce and their Wallace,
And well they may boast of such men;
They proved themselves true to the thistle and heather,
Their equals they'll never find again.

Oh, where is the Scotsmen that don't love the thistle,
And Englishmen that don't love the rose?
Show me the true-hearted sons of old Erin,
That don't love the land where the shamrock still grows.

And long may the English, the Irish, the Scotsmen,
United defy all their foes;
And long may they live to protect those dear emblems,
The shamrock, the thistle and the rose.

Oh, where is the Scotsmen that don't love the thistle,
And Englishmen that don't love the rose?
Show me the true-hearted sons of old Erin,
That don't love the land where the shamrock still grows.

Oh, where is the Scotsmen that don't love the thistle,
And Englishmen that don't love the rose?
Show me the true-hearted sons of old Erin,
That don't love the land where the shamrock still grows.

####.... William J Allen, Boston, Blair and Lydon, 1883. Sheet music deposited in the US Library of Congress (1870-1885) ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by The Cormiers (Shamrock, Thistle And Rose, 2000).

See more songs by The Cormiers.

Accompanying note from Loretta Cormier: "We first learned this song from our Grandfather when we were very young. We aren't certain of it's origin but believe it's a couple hundred years old and may have come from Australia. Our grandfather's version was a little different, as we wanted to give it a little more of a commercial feel."

From notes excerpted from Wikipedia:

Brian Boru - Irish: Brian Bóraimhe, Brian mac Cennétig, called Brian Bóruma, [c.941-1014] Irish king who ended the centuries-long domination of the Kingship of Ireland by the Uí Néill.

The Battle of Clontarf (Irish: Cath Chluana Tarbh) took place near Dublin on Good Friday, 23 April, 1014, between the forces of Brian Boru and the forces led by the King of Leinster, Máel Mórda mac Murchada: composed mainly of his own men, Viking mercenaries from Dublin and the Orkney Islands, led by his cousin Sigtrygg, as well as the one rebellious king from the province of Ulster. It ended in a rout of the Máel Mórda's forces, along with the death of Brian, who was killed by a few Norsemen who were fleeing the battle and stumbled upon his tent. After the battle, Ireland returned to a fractious status quo between the many small, separate kingdoms that had existed for some time.



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