Men of Eireann, forbidden oaths swearing
Blood to shed for freedoms cause
Bards songs sung of brave rebels from cart handles hung
Modern bar room audiences clap their applause.
In a Northern town, followers of the crown
Sing their own songs to the same airs
The glory in gore, the kill for king rebels more
The bravery for God and King, that cause theirs.
Background – both sides, Unionists and Nationalists in Ireland have songs about the tragic battles of the Turn Oot of 1798, the idealism, the treachery, the butchery of the defeated. The songs often have the same airs, which can be confusing until you hear the words!!!
Further verses of mine on the 1798 topic: