They have built themselves some ivory towers,
That they allow their cronies to attend;
Where they plan and plot succession,
So that their power will never end.
When I thought it could not get much worse,
They’ve come up with a new plan,
On the seventeenth of January-
They’re going to honour the RIC and Black n’ Tans.
If it was the 1st of April I’d pass it as a joke,
But I’m assured that’s what they’ll do,
They might as well go the whole shebang –
And honour Cromwell too.
Jasus !, we must be the laughing stock of the world?
If it wasn.t so serious, it would be a laugh,
I suppose they’ll have that useless leprechaun along –
The one that lives for free up in the Phoenix Park.
People have been hung from lampposts,
For doing less than this,
And it’s heading that way in this place –
But those gombeens live in an Irish mist.
They murdered Tomás Mac Curtain,
Burnt Cork CIity down.
Let’s forget this myth that they were Irishmen –
They were Forces of The Crown
In closing I must apologise,
To all our dead heroes down the years,
I’m sorry that we lost the torch –
You must be turning in your graves.
I know their ghosts are watching,
Their spirits linger on,
Traitors came and went before –
And so one day, will this foul gang.
I could write a million other verses,
About the anger that I feel,
For the love of God! For Ireland!
Boycott the seventeenth!
* The Irish government prepares to host a commemorative event on the 17th of January for the former occupation forces of Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) of which The Black and Tans were a unit.
Photo. Tomás Mac Curtain lying in state in Cork City Hall after being murdered by the RIC. Source admin-www echolive.ie