2024 If Not Before!

Tiocfaidh ár lá!

Joe McDonnell (lyrics excerpt)

O me name is Joe McDonnell from 
Belfast town I came 
That city I will 
Never see again 
For in the town of Belfast 
I spent many happy days 
I love that town in oh so many ways 
For it's there I spent my childhood and found 
For me a wife 
I then set out to make 
For her a life 
But all my young ambitions met with bitterness and hate 
I soon found myself inside a prison gate 

And you dare to call me a terrorist 
While you looked down your gun 
When I think of all the deeds that you had done 
You had plundered many nations divided many lands 
You had terrorised their peoples you ruled with an iron hand 
And you brought this reign of terror to my land 

Through those many months internment 
In the Maidstone and the Maze 
I thought about my land throughout those days 
Why my country was divided, why I was now in jail 
Imprisoned without crime or without trial 
And though I love my country I am not a bitter man 
I've seen cruelty and injustice at first hand 
So then one fateful morning I shook bold freedom's hand 
For right or wrong I'd try to free my land

And you dare to call me a terrorist 
While you looked down your gun 
When I think of all the deeds that you had done 
You had plundered many nations divided many lands 
You had terrorised their peoples you ruled with an iron hand 
And you brought this reign of terror to my land 

Then one cold October morning trapped in a lion's den 
I found myself in prison once again 
I was committed to the H-blocks for fourteen years or more 
On the Blanket the conditions they were poor 
Then a hunger strike we did commence for the dignity of man 
But it seemed to me that no one gave a damn 
But now, I'm a saddened man I've watched my comrades die 
If only people cared or wondered why 

And you dare to call me a terrorist 
While you looked down your gun 
When I think of all the deeds that you had done 
You had plundered many nations divided many lands 
You had terrorised their peoples you ruled with an iron hand 
And you brought this reign of terror to my land.

(Originally by The Wolfe Tones)