Luke Kelly: For What died the Sons of Róisín? Was it Greed?


Luke Kelly

Luke Kelly: For What Died the Sons of Róisín?

For what died the sons of Róisín?
Was it fame?
For what died the sons of Róisín?
Was it fame?
For what flowed Ireland’s blood
And rivers that began when Brian chased the Dane
And did not cease nor has not ceased
With the brave sons of ‘Sixteen
For what died the sons of Róisín?
Was it fame?

For what died the sons of Roisin?
Was it greed?

For what died the sons of Roisin?
Was it greed?
Was it greed that drove Wolfe Tone
To a pauper’s death
In a cell of cold wet stone
Will German, French or Dutch
Inscribe the Epitaph of Emmett
When we’ve sold enough of Ireland
To be but strangers in it?
For what died the sons of Róisín?
Was it greed?

To whom do we owe our allegiance today?
To whom do we owe our allegiance today?
To those brave men who fought and died
That Róisín live again with pride
Her sons at home to work and sing
Her youth to dance and make her valleys ring?

Or to faceless men, who for Mark and Dollar
Betray her to the highest bidder
To whom do we owe our allegiance today?

For what suffer our patriots today?
For what suffer our patriots today?
They have a language problem
So they say
How to write “No Trespass”
Must grieve their hearts full sore
We got rid of one strange language
Now we’re faced with many, many more
For what suffer our patriots today?

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