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The Eleven Brave Irish Boys (Johnny Burke)

Did you see the eleven who pulled on the green?
And they're Irish, yes they're Irish;
As fine young fellows as ever were seen,
And they're Irish, yes they're Irish.
They pulled in two heats with no effort at all,
Eleven young fellows no trouble to haul;
While the others to beat them
were bursting their gaul,
For they're Irish, yes they're Irish.

For they're smart, sweet, trim neat,
Tough little Irish boys;
Good grit, sinews knit, and dandy,
Young lads for their size.
Strong, able on a cable,
T Freeman, J Toole and O'Brien;
And Gov on the end while his body did bend,
And they're Irish all the time.

They walked off their men on the very first pull,
For they're Irish, yes they're Irish;
No trouble to haul the tail out of a bull,
For they're Irish, yes they're Irish.
Pat Connors, Joe Carroll, and also brave Ryan,
Pulled the Oddfellow's boys in a manner was fine;
And whipped them for sport halfways over the line,
For they're Irish, yes they're Irish.

For they're smart, sweet, trim neat,
Tough little Irish boys;
Good grit, sinews knit, and dandy,
Young lads for their size.
Strong, able on a cable,
T Freeman, J Toole and O'Brien;
And Gov on the end while his body did bend,
And they're Irish all the time.

Well done, my brave heroes, you carried the day,
For you're Irish, yes you're Irish;
The cup you can sport with three cheers, a hurrah!
For you're Irish, yes you're Irish.
Tom Allan and Flanigan pulled well you bet,
And the other two names 'pon my word I forget;
When the spruce beer came in and we all had a wet,
For we're Irish, yes we're Irish.

For they're smart, sweet, trim neat,
Tough little Irish boys;
Good grit, sinews knit, and dandy,
Young lads for their size.
Strong, able on a cable,
T Freeman, J Toole and O'Brien;
And Gov on the end while his body did bend,
And they're Irish all the time.

####.... Johnny Burke [1851-1930] of St John's, NL ....####
Published in Burke's Ballads, p.25, c.1960, compiled by John White and archived at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Libraries, Centre For Newfoundland Studies - Digitized Books collection.

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From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Spruce Beer - fermented drink made from an infusion of black spruce boughs and buds with molasses.



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