#02415
The Boys Of The Old Brigade
(The Masterless Men) videos
#480: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

Oh, father, why are you so sad
On this bright Easter morn,
When Irish men are proud and glad
Of the land where they were born?

Oh, son, I see in mem'ry's view
A far off distant day,
When being just a lad like you
I joined the IRA.

Where are the lads who stood with me
When history was made?
A ghrá mo chroí, I long to see
The boys of the old brigade.

From hills and farms a call to arms
Was heard by one and all;
And from the glen came brave young men
To answer Ireland's call.

Well, it was long ago we faced the foe,
The old brigade and me;
And by my side they fought and died
That Ireland might be free.

Where are the lads who stood with me
When history was made?
A ghrá mo chroí, I long to see
The boys of the old brigade.

And now, my boy, I've told you why
On Easter morn I sigh;
When I recall my comrades all
Of dark old days gone by.

I think of men who fought in glen
With rifle and grenade;
May heaven keep the men who sleep
From the ranks of the old brigade.

Where are the lads who stood with me
When history was made?
A ghrá mo chroí, I long to see
The boys of the old brigade.

####.... Pat McGuigan of the band Barleycorn ....####
Originally recorded by Barleycorn (Irish Rebel Songs, trk#3, 1972, Derry Records).

The video above features a variant by The Masterless Men (Ode To Age, trk#13, 1993, Landwash Distribution Company, Ltd, produced by Jim Fidler and recorded at Piper Stock Productions, Torbay, NL).


See more songs by The Masterless Men.

Easter Sunday, the anniversary of the Easter Rising, is the Republican day of commemoration for those who died in the service of Irish Republican ideals.

Irish: A ghrá mo chroí - English: love of my heart.

The video below features an excellent live performance of a variant by Padraig Grimes of Castlebar, Ireland.


#2438: YouTube video by Padraig Grimes
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~


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