James Connolly (Wolfe Tones) videos
#455: YouTube video by NLTreasure
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

A great crowd had gathered
outside of Kilmainham,
Their heads all uncovered,
they knelt to the ground;
For inside that grim prison
lay a brave Irish soldier,
His life for his country about to lay down.

He went to his death
like a true son of Ireland,
The firing party he bravely did face;
Then the order rang out: "Present arms and fire!"
James Connolly fell into a ready-made grave.

The black flag was hoisted,
the cruel deed was over,
Gone was the man who loved Ireland so well;
There was many a sad heart
in Dublin that morning,
When they murdered James Connolly,
the Irish rebel.

God's curse on you, England,
you cruel-hearted monster,
Your deeds they would shame all the devils in hell;
There are no flowers blooming
but the shamrock is growing,
On the grave of James Connolly, the Irish rebel.

The Four Courts of Dublin the English bombarded,
The spirit of Freedom they tried hard to quell;
Forth above all the din rose the cry: "No surrender!"
'Twas the voice of James Connolly, the Irish rebel.

####.... Liam McGowan of the Wolfe Tones ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by the Wolfe Tones (Let The People Sing, 1972, trk#4, Dolphin Records, Ireland, UK) and (Live Alive - Oh, 2001 double CD, Triskell Records, Dublin, Ireland.

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Another variant was arranged and recorded by the Wolfe Tones (Live Alive - Oh, trk#6; D.01a, 1986 double LP, Triskell Records, Dublin) with the following verse between verses four and five above:

Many years have rolled by
since that Irish rebellion,
When the guns of Britannia
they loudly did speak;
The bold I.R.A. they stood
shoulder to shoulder,
And the blood from their bodies
flowed down Sackville Street.

From Wikipedia:
¹ James Connolly - (Irish: Séamas Ó Conghaile) [1868-1916] was an Irish socialist leader, born to Irish immigrant parents in the Cowgate area of Edinburgh, Scotland. He left school for working life at the age of 11 and became one of the leading Marxist theorists of his day. Though proud of his Irish background he also took a role in Scottish and American politics. He was shot by a British firing squad following his involvement in the Easter Rising of 1916.
² Kilmainham - (Irish: Cill Mhaighneann, meaning "St Maighnenn's Church") is a suburb of Dublin south of the River Liffey and west of the city centre. It is the site of Kilmainham Gaol (Irish: Príosún Chill Mhaighneann), a former prison where James Connolly was executed but not imprisoned.

The video below features a guitar performance of a variant by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.

#739: YouTube video by threelegsoman
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