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Kelly the Boy from Killane




Kelly the Boy from Killane – Irish Songs


What’s the news, what’s the news, O my bold Shelmalier
With your long-barreled gun from the sea
Say what wind from the South blows his messenger here
With a hymn of the dawn for the free
Goodly news, goodly news, do I bring Youth of Forth
Goodly news shall you hear Bargy man
For the boys march at morn from the South to the North
Led by Kelly the boy from Killane.
Tell me who is that giant with the gold curling hair
He who rides at the head of your band
Seven feet is his height with some inches to spare
And he looks like a king in command
Ah, my lads, that’s the pride of the bold Shelmaliers
Among our greatest of heroes a man
Fling your beavers aloft and give three ringing cheers
For John Kelly, the Boy from Killane.
Enniscorthy’s in flames and old Wexford is won
And the Barrow tomorrow we will cross
On a hill o’er the town we have planted a gun
That will batter the gateway of Ross
All the Forth men and Bargy men march o’er the heath
With brave Harvey to lead on the van
But the foremost of all in the grim Gap of Death
Will be Kelly, the boy from Killane
But the gold sun of freedom grew darkened at Ross
And it set by the Slaney’s red waves
And poor Wexford, stripped naked, hung high on a cross
And her heart pierced by traitors and slaves
Glory O! Glory O! to her brave sons who died
For the cause of long down-trodden man
Glory O! to Mount Leinster’s own darling and pride
Dauntless Kelly, the Boy from Killane”