The Legion Of The Rearguard Irish Song lyrics and guitar chords
This is the clancy brothers version. Written by Jack O'Sheehan 1923. The Legion Of The Rearguard name comes from De Valera and was an old 'Nickname' for The Irish Republican Army. The guitar chords were worked by Marc Fahrbach.
(For Clancy Brothers’ Version use capo on 4th fret = F mayor)
(C)Up the Republic, we (G7)raise their battle cry,
(F)Pearse and Mc(C)Dermott will (F)pray for you on (G)high,
(C)Eager and ready, for (G7)love of you they die
(F)Proud march the (C)soldiers of the (G)Rear(C)guard.
(C)Legion (G)of the (C)Rear(Am)guard, (F)answering (G)Ireland's (C)call,
(F)Hark their (G)martial (C)tramp is (Am)heard from (F)Cork to (Am)Done(G7)gal,
Wolfe (C)Tone and (G)Emmett (C)guide (Am)you, (F)though your (G)task be (C)hard,
(F)De (G7)Valera (C)leads you, soldiers of the (Am)Legion of the (G)Rear(C)guard.
(C)Glorious the morning, through (G7)flame and shot and shell,
(F)Now rally (C)Ireland, your (F)sons who love you (G)well
(C)Pledged, they'll defend you, through (G7)death or prison cell
(F)Wait for the (C)soldiers of the (G)Rear(C)guard.
(C)Crimson the roadside, the (G7)prison wall, the cave,
(F)Proof of their (C)valour, go (F)sleep in peace ye (G)brave,
(C)Comrade tread lightly, you're (G7)near a hero's grave,
(F)Proud die the (C)soldiers of the (G)Rear(C)guard.
Song Lyrics Without The Chords.
Up the Republic, they raise their battle cry
Pearse and McDermott will pray for you on high
Eager and ready, for love of you they die
Proud march the Soldiers of the Rearguard
Legion of the rearguard, answering Ireland's call
Hark, their marshall tramp is heard from Cork to Donegal
Wolfe Tone and Emmett guide you, though your task be hard
DeValera leads you, Soldiers of the Legion of the Rearguard
Glorious the morning through flame and shot and shell
Now, rally Ireland, your sons who love you well
Pledged they'll defend you, though death or prison cell
Wait for the Soldiers of the Rearguard
Crimson the roadside, the prison walls that gave
Proof of their valour, go sleep in peace ye brave
Comrades tread lightly, you're near a hero's grave
Proud die the Soldiers of the Rearguard
Shell shattered fortress and shot scarred brigade
Trumpet the story of the glorious fight they made
Wearied, outnumbered, undaunted, unafraid
God bless the Soldiers of the Rearguard