MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Kevin Barry
Michael Murphy and Francis O'Brien NFLD 2 Tape 8 Track 8
Trepassey Audio:

LEACH: All right

In Mount Joy one Monday morning
High upon the gallows tree
Kevin Barry gave his young life
For the cause of liberty
But a lad of eighteen summers
Yet no one can deny
That as he walked to death that morning
Proudly held his head on high

Just before he faced the hangman
In his dreary prison cell
British soldiers tortured Barry
Just because he would not tell
The names of his brave companions
Other things they wished to know
Turn informer or we'll kill you
Kevin Barry answered no

Calmly standing to attention
While he made his last farewell
To his broken-hearted mother
Whose griefs no one can tell
For the cause he proudly cherished
This sad parting had to be
Then to death walked softly smiling
That old Ireland might be free

Another martyr for old Ireland
Another murder for the crown
Whose laws may kill the Irish
But can't keep their spirit down
Lads like Barry are no cowards
From the foe they will not fly
Lads like Barry will free Ireland
For her sake they'll live and die


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