#02469
Merry Ploughboy (Johnny McEvoy) videos
#417: YouTube video by machree01
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

I am a merry ploughboy
and I plough the fields by day,
Till a lightning flash came to
me mind that I should run away;
I've always hated slavery
since the day that I was born,
Now I'm off to join the I R A
and I'm off tomorrow morn.

So we're off to Dublin
in the green, in the green,
Where the helmets glisten in the sun,
Where the bayonets flash and the rifles crack,
To the echo of a Thompson gun.

I leave behind me old grey coat,
I leave behind me plough.
I leave behind me horse and mule,
for no more I need them now;
I'll take my short revolver
and my bandolier of lead,
And live or die I can but try
to avenge my country's dead.

So we're off to Dublin
in the green, in the green,
Where the helmets glisten in the sun,
Where the bayonets flash and the rifles crack,
To the echo of a Thompson gun.

There's one I leave behind me,
a colleen I adore,
I wonder if she thinks of me
when she hears those cannons roar;
And when the war is over,
and dear old Ireland's free,
I'll take her to the church to wed,
and a rebel's wife she'll be.

So we're off to Dublin
in the green, in the green,
Where the helmets glisten in the sun,
Where the bayonets flash and the rifles crack,
To the echo of a Thompson gun.

####.... Dominic Behan [1928-1989]. Irish rebel parody of an old English song, The Ploughboy ....####
This variant arranged and recorded for German television by Johnny McEvoy, 1966.

See more songs by Johnny McEvoy.

The video below features a variant recorded by the Fortune Bay Musicians (Tribute To The Lady Anderson, trk#5, 2000 CD, manufactured by SWC Productions, English Harbour West, recorded at Sim's Studio, Belleoram, and distributed by the English Harbour West Lion's Club, in aid of health services in the Fortune Bay North area, with proceeds going towards a new ambulance).

#2035: YouTube video by outportoutlaw
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~


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