Garry Owen (1788)

George Armstrong Custer’s favorite tune, and one of mine.

Let Bacchus’ sons be not dismayed
But join with me, each jovial blade
Come, drink and sing and lend your aid
To help me with the chorus:

Chorus
Instead of spa, we’ll drink brown ale
And pay the reckoning on the nail;
For debt no man shall go to gaol
From Garryowen in glory.

We are boys that take delight in
Smashing the Limerick lights when lighting,
Through the streets like Sporters fighting,
And tearing all before us.

Chorus
Instead of spa, we’ll drink brown ale
And pay the reckoning on the nail;
For debt no man shall go to gaol
From Garryowen in glory.

We’ll break the windows, we’ll break the doors
Knock the watch down by threes and fours
Let the doctors work their cures
And tinker our bruises

Chorus
Instead of spa, we’ll drink brown ale
And pay the reckoning on the nail;
For debt no man shall go to gaol
From Garryowen in glory.

We’ll beat the bailiffs out of fun,
We’ll make the mayor and sheriffs run
We are the boys no man dares dun
If he regards a whole skin.

Chorus
Instead of spa, we’ll drink brown ale
And pay the reckoning on the nail;
For debt no man shall go to gaol
From Garryowen in glory.

Our hearts so stout have got us fame
For soon ’tis known from whence we came
Where’er we go they dread the name
Of Garryowen in glory.

Chorus
Instead of spa, we’ll drink brown ale
And pay the reckoning on the nail;
For debt no man shall go to gaol
From Garryowen in glory.

Johnny Connell’s tall and straight.
And in his limbs he is complete;
He’ll pitch a bar of any weight
From Garryowen to Thomond Gate.

Chorus
Instead of spa, we’ll drink brown ale
And pay the reckoning on the nail;
For debt no man shall go to gaol
From Garryowen in glory.

Garryowen is gone to wrack.
Since Johnny Connell went to Cork,
Though Darby O’Brien leapt over the dock.
In spite of all the soldiers.

Chorus
Instead of spa, we’ll drink brown ale
And pay the reckoning on the nail;
For debt no man shall go to gaol
From Garryowen in glory.

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About lostdelights

An old gamer flying his freak flag, I've been playing table-top role-playing games since 1978. I've been building my own system (Journeyman) since 1981.
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