Irish Ways and Irish Laws

 I

Once upon a time there was
Irish ways and Irish laws,
Villages of Irish blood
Waking to the morning,
Waking to the morning

 II

Then the Vikings came around,
Turned us up and turned us down,
Started building boats and towns.
Try to change our living,
try to change our living.

 III

Cromwell and his soldiers came,
Started centuries of shame,
but they couldn't make us turn.
We are the river flowing,
We are the river flowing.

 IV

Again, again the soldiers came,
Burnt our houses, stole our grain,
Shot the farmers in the fields,
Working for a living,
Working for a living.

 V

Eight hundred years we have been down.
The secret of the water sound
Has kept the spirit of a man
Above the pain descending,
Above the pain descending.

 VI

Today the struggle carries on.
I wonder will I live so long
To see the gates being opened up
To a people and their freedom,
a people and their freedom.

 (John Gibbs)

Dieses Lied handelt von den Jahrhunderten lang währenden Angriffen, denen Irland ausgesetzt war.
Immer wieder wurde das Land von Fremden vereinnahmt, die dann versuchten zu bestimmen, was richtig und was falsch ist.
Doch was immer auch kam, die Iren blieben ihren Wegen, ihren Gedanken treu und so wird es immer bleiben.


Christy Moore
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