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This is a very old traditional Irish song...made famous by Planxty in 1972...originally called...'Follow me up to Carlow'.
I've re-written the chorus to follow the plot/storyline of the album.

Lift MacCahir Óg your face, you're brooding o'er the old disgrace
That black FitzWilliam stormed your place, he drove you to the Fern
Grey said victory was sure, soon the firebrand he'd secure
Until he met at Glenmalure with Fiach MacHugh O'Byrne

CHORUS
Up with shields out with swords
We'll overthrow the overlord
Fiach MacHugh he's given the word
Stand behind the Warrior
Be aware people dare
The Warrior slays without a care
The smell of death is in the air
Stand behind the Warrior

See the swords of Glen Imaal, flashing o'er the English Pale
See all the children of the Gael, beneath O'Byrne's banners
Rooster of a fighting stock, would you let a Sassenach cock
Crow out upon an Irish rock, fly up and teach him manners

CHORUS

From Tassagart to Clonmore, there flows a stream of Saxon gore
And great is Rory Óg O'More, at sending the Brits (loons) to Hades
White is sick and Grey is fled, now for black FitzWilliam's head
We'll send it over dripping red, to Queen Liza and the ladies

CHORUS x 2

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from CúChulainn​.​.​.​Tale of an Irish Warrior, released February 5, 2017

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