#02424
Come Out You Black And Tans (Paddy Reilly)
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See also: The Black And Tans (Irish Descendants)
#454: YouTube video by NLTreasure
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

I was born in a Dublin street,
Where the Royal drums do beat,
And the loving English feet
they tramped all over us;
And each and every night
when me father'd come home tight,
He'd invite the neighbours outside
with this chorus:

Oh, come out you black and tans,
Come out and fight me like a man,
Show your wife how you won medals
down in Flanders;
Tell them how the IRA
made you run like hell away,
From the green and lovely lanes
in Killeshandra.

Come let me hear you tell
How you slammed the brave Parnell,
When you thought him well
and truly persecuted;
Where are the snears and jeers
that you bravely let us hear,
When our heroes of sixteen were executed.

Oh, come out you black and tans,
Come out and fight me like a man,
Show your wife how you won medals
down in Flanders;
Tell them how the IRA
made you run like hell away,
From the green and lovely lanes
in Killeshandra.

Come tell us how you slew
them poor Arabs two by two,
Like the Zulus they had
spears and bows and arrows;
How you bravely faced each one,
With your sixteen pounder gun,
And you frightened
them poor natives to their marrow.

Oh, come out you black and tans,
Come out and fight me like a man,
Show your wife how you won medals
down in Flanders;
Tell them how the IRA
made you run like hell away,
From the green and lovely lanes
in Killeshandra.

The day is coming fast
and the time is here at last,
When each yeoman will be
cast aside before us;
And if there be a need,
Sure my kids will sing, "Godspeed!"
With a verse or two
of Steven Beehan's chorus:

Ah, come out you black and tans,
Come out and fight me like a man,
Show your wife how you won medals
down in Flanders;
Tell them how the IRA
made you run like hell away,
From the green and lovely lanes
in Killeshandra.

####.... Dominic Behan ....####
Dominic Behan wrote this Irish rebel song, referring to the British paramilitary police auxiliary force in Ireland during the 1920s as a tribute to his father Stephen to whom authorship of the song is often attributed.

This variant arranged and recorded by Paddy Reilly formerly of the Dubliners from 1996-2005 (20 Golden Irish Ballads, Dolphin Records, 2000).

A variant was arranged and recorded as The Black And Tans by the Irish Descendants (Blooming Bright Star, 2000; We Are The Irish Descendants, 2004).


See more songs by the Irish Descendants.

Notes:
¹ Killeshandra (Cill na Seanrètha, meaning Church of the Old Forts) is a town in County Cavan, Ireland. In 1841 the town had a population of over 12,500 but today it is less than 500.
² After World War I, many veterans could not find work, some because of the country's economic depression, others because of psychological trauma. The British government enlisted a number of these unemployed men to serve as police in Ireland at 20 shillings per day. There was a shortage of complete black police uniforms, so the government added pieces from tan army uniforms. This led to the nickname Black and Tans, who ruthlessly enforced the law.
³ From Wikipedia: Charles Stewart Parnell [1846-1891] was an Irish Protestant landowner, nationalist political leader, land reform agitator, Home Rule MP in the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and founder and leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party. He was one of the most important figures in 19th-century Ireland and Great Britain and described by Prime Minister William Gladstone as the most remarkable person he had ever met. Another future Liberal Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith, described him as one of the three or four greatest men of the nineteenth century, while Lord Haldane described him as the strongest man the British House of Commons had seen in 150 years.

The video below features an excellent guitar performance of a variant by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.


#60: YouTube video by threelegsoman
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

The video below features a performance of a variant by Jesse Ferguson of Cornwall, Ontario, Fredericton, New Brunswick and Sydney, Nova Scotia.

#1585: YouTube video by BardofCornwall
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~


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