BOYS OF KILMICHAEL

While we honour in song and in story the memory of Pearse and McBride,
Whose names are illumined in glory with the martyrs who long since have died.
Forget not the boys of Kilmichael who feared not the might of the foe
The day that they marched into battle they laid all the Black and Tans low.

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So here’s to the boys of Kilmichael those brave lads so gallant and true
They fought ‘neath the green flag of Erin and conquered the red, white and blue.

On the twenty-eighth day of November, when the Tans left the town of Macroom.
They were seated in two Crossley tenders which led them straight into their doom
They were out on the road to Kilmichael and never expected to stall
They were met by the boys of the column who made a clean sweep of them all.

So here’s to the boys of Kilmichael those brave lads so gallant and true
They fought ‘neath the green flag of Erin and they conquered the red, white and blue.

The sun in the West it was sinking ’twas the eve of a cold winter’s day,
When the Tans who were eagerly waiting sailed into the spot where we lay
Then over the hills went the echo the peal of the rifle and gun
And the flames from their lorries brought tidings that the boys of the column had won.

So here’s to the boys of Kilmichael those brave lads so gallant and true
They fought ‘neath the green flag of Erin and they conquered the red, white and blue.

The lorries were out before twilight and they were high over Dunmanway Town
Our banners in triumph were waving triumphant just to show that the Tans had gone down
So we gathered our rifles and bayonets and soon left the glen so obscure,
And they never drew rein till they halted at the far away camp of Glenure.

So here’s to the boys of Kilmichael those brave lads so gallant and true
Who fought ‘neath the green flag of Erin and they conquered the red, white and blue.

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