No crusaders they were, on holy war…
To spread the word of God and the Good News,
As such – but they laid down their lives,
For a side that they did choose,
For it preached the message of Christ,
Never once mentioning His name,
Of sharing with the poorest of the poor,
They fought, and died, in Spain.
Under cross banners high, the Falange,
Backed up with Nazi planes
Faced down our brave boys, other working class youths
And country boys from lanes
Who stories heard of clergy killed
Martyred for their faith
Thought of Penal Laws coming to Spain,
Deluded, thought that the Falange were great.
Our boys, they tilled the same fields,
They came from the same earth, same land,
They knew the church was more than clergy,
They knew what Fascism had planned.
If Christ himself was alive them days,
Though not a fighter as such was He,
He would have taken arms for the republic,
That ran a state like all men should be.