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Chumbawamba

"The Smashing of the Van" (karaoke)

"The Smashing of the Van" (sheet music)


Attend you gallant Irishmen

And listen for a while.

I'll sing to you the praises

Of the sons of Erin's Isle.

It's of those gallant heroes

Who voluntar'ly ran

To release two Irish shamrocks

From an English prison van.

 

The Eighteenth of September,

It was in that dreadful year,

When sorrow and excitement

Ran throughout all Lancashire.

At a gath'ring of the Irish Boys,

They volunteered each man

To release those Irish prisoners

Out of the prison van.

 

Hurrah, my lads, for freedom!

Let's all join heart and hand!

May the Lord have mercy on the boys

Who helped to smash the van!

 

In Manchester, one morning,

Those good heroes did agree

Their leaders, Kelly and Deasy,

Should have their liberty.

They drank a health to Ireland

And soon made up a plan

To meet the prisoners on the road

And take and smash the van.

 

Hurrah, my lads, for freedom!

Let's all join heart and hand!

May the Lord have mercy on the boys

Who helped to smash the van!

 

With courage bold, these heroes went

And soon the van did stop.

They cleared the guards from back and front

And then smashed in the top.

But in blowing open of the lock,

They chanced to kill a man.

So three men must die on the scaffold high

For smashing of the van.

 

Hurrah, my lads, for freedom!

Let's all join heart and hand!

May the Lord have mercy on the boys

Who helped to smash the van!

 

So now, kind friends, I will conclude

I think it would be right

That all true-hearted Irishmen

Together should unite.

Together should sympathize, my friends,

And do the best we can

To keep the memories ever green

Of the boys who smashed the van.

 

Hurrah, my friends, for freedom!

Let's all join heart and hand!

May the Lord have mercy on the boys

Who helped to smash the van!


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