Kevin Barry (MacEdward Leach) MIDIs, video
See also: Kevin Barry (Stompin' Tom Connors)
#337 YouTube video by darrin42
©2007 ~ Used with permission ~

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(To the tune of Rolling Home To Dear Old Ireland)

In Mount Joy jail, one Monday morning,
High above the gallows tree,
Kevin Barry gave his young life,
For the cause of liberty.
Just a lad of eighteen summers,
Yet no one can deny,
When he walked to death that morning,
He proudly held his head on high.

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

Proudly standing to attention,
As he bade his last farewell,
To his broken-hearted mother,
Whose grief no one could tell.
For the cause he proudly cherished,
His sad parting had to be,
To his death walked softly smiling,
So that 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 live and die.

####.... Author unknown ....####
This variant of a traditional Irish song of rebellion was collected in 1951 from Michael Murphy [1905-1999] of Trepassey, NL, and Francis M (Frank) O'Brien [1917-1998] of Trepassey, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

The video above features a recording by Declan Hunt (26 Irish Rebel Songs - Volume 2, Arran Records, 2008).

Note: Kevin Gerald Barry [1902-1920], a medical student and IRA volunteer, was executed for shooting a 19-year-old British soldier.

From Wikipedia:
The Irish War Of Independence - from January 1919 to July 1921 - was a guerrilla war mounted against the British government in Ireland by the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

A variant was recorded by John White of St John's, NL (John White At The Caribou Club, trk#7, 1968, Arc Sound Ltd., Toronto, Ontario).

A variant was recorded by the Newfoundland Showband (Visit To Newfoundland, trk#10, 1972, Marathon Music Incorporated, Scarborough, Ontario).

Another variant was recorded by Wilson W Canning with guest vocalist Les Glover (Let Me Call You Sweetheart, trk#22, 1986 Cassette, Bluebird Records, St John's, NL, recorded at Wilson Studios, St John's, NL).

A variant was also recorded by Angela Brown of Burin and Corner Brook, NL (Together And Forever / Angela And Reg Brown And Friends, trk#4, 2000, Driftwood Studio, Corner Brook, NL).

A variant was arranged and recorded as Kevin Barry by Stompin' Tom Connors (Pistol Packin' Mama, trk#B1, 1971 LP, Cynda Records, produced by Jury Krytiuk and distributed by London Records Of Canada [1967] Ltd); and (The Ballad Of Stompin' Tom, trk#9, 2008 CD, Capitol Records, ©2008 EMI Music Canada).

See more songs by Stompin' Tom Connors.


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