The Boys Of Wexford Lyrics And Chords
Irish Rebel Song- The youtube video is of John McCormack [Tommy Byrne Singing] the song commerates the battle of 1798 and was written by Patrick Joseph McColl
In [G] comes the [C] captain's [D] daughter,
The captain [D] of the [Em] Yeos,
Saying: [G] Brave [C] United [D] Irishmen,
We'll [G] ne'er a[D]gain be [G] foes.
A [C] thousand pounds I'll [G] bring
If you will [C] fly from [G] home with [Em] me,
And [G] dress myself in [C] man's [D] attire
And [G] fight for [D] liber[G]ty.
We [C] are the boys of [G] Wexford,
Who [C] fought with [G] heart and [Em] hand
To [G] burst in twain the [C] galling [D] chain
And [G] free our [D] native [G] land.
I want no gold, my maiden fair,
To fly from home with thee;
You shining eyes will be my prize -
More dear than gold to me.
I want no gold to nerve my arm
To do a true man's part -
To free my land I'd gladly give
The red drops of my heart."
And when we left our cabins, boys,
We left with right good will
To see our friends and neighbours
That were at Vinegar Hill!
A young man from our Irish ranks
A cannon he let go;
He slapt it into Lord Mountjoy -
A tyrant he laid low! Chorus:
We bravely fought and conquered
At Ross and Wexford town;
Three Bullet Gate for years to come
Will speak of our renown;
Through Walpole's horse and Walpole's foot
On Tubberneering's day,
Depending on the long, bright pike,
We cut our gory way.
And Oulart's name shall be their shame,
Whose steel we ne'er did fear.
For every man could do his part
Like Forth and Shelmalier!
And if for want of leaders,
We lost at Vinegar Hill,
We're ready for another fight,
And love our country still!
Here's the guitar chords in the key of D
In [D] comes the [G] captain's [A] daughter,
The captain [A] of the [Bm] Yeos,
Saying: [D] Brave [G] United [A] Irishmen,
We'll [D] ne'er a[A]gain be [D] foes.
A [G] thousand pounds I'll [D] bring
If you will [G] fly from [D] home with [Bm] me,
And [D] dress myself in [G] man's [A] attire
And [D] fight for [A] liber[D]ty.
We [G] are the boys of [D] Wexford,
Who [G] fought with [D] heart and [Bm] hand
To [D] burst in twain the [G] galling [A] chain
And [D] free our [A] native [D] land.
Information On The Boys Of Wexford.
The song is a traditional ballad colected by
Robert Dwyer Joyce (1830-iris Weston Joyce)
born in Glenosheen, Co. Limerick. While studing
medicine he was a writer and colector of songs
and ballads he supported himself by writing
for the 'The Nation' newspaper,and many of his
poems and ballads were printed in the newspaper.
he graduated from Queens College Cork in 1865.
He became professor of engllsh at the Catholic
University.According to Joyce he used to sing
this song with other words as a child and only
two of the origIled verses were incorporated
in this ballad, The original words are said to
be the work of a Wexford rebel.
First published in 1872 in his book
''Ancient Irish Music''