Kevin Barry (Stompin' Tom Connors)
See also: Kevin Barry (MacEdward Leach)

In Mount Joy one Monday morning,
high upon the gallows tree,
Kevin Barry gave his young life
for the sake of liberty;
Just a lad of eighteen summers,
that nobody can deny,
Kevin Barry faced the hangman
and these words he did reply:

Shoot me like an Irish soldier,
do not hang me like a dog;
For I fought to save old Ireland
in that cold November fog.

And before he faced the gallows,
in that lonely prison cell,
Foreign soldiers tortured Barry,
they said now we'll make you tell;
You'll tell the names of your companions
and the others that you know,
Turn informer or we'll kill you.
Kevin Barry answered no.

Then his comrades they stood attention,
as he bid the last farewell,
To his broken hearted mother,
in her grief too sad to tell:

Shoot me like an Irish soldier
was the last request he made;
But they hung young Kevin Barry
on that cold November day.

They hung young Kevin Barry
on that cold November day.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional Irish song of rebellion ....####
This variant arranged and recorded 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.

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 [January 1919 to July 1921] - 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, 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 collected in 1951 from Michael Murphy [1905-1999] of Trepassey, NL, and Francis M (Frank) O'Brien [1917-1998] of Trepassey, NL, and published as Kevin Barry in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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