In Mountjoy jail one Monday morning
High upon the gallows tree,
Kevin Barry gave his young life
For the cause of liberty.
But a lad of eighteen summers,
Still there's no one can deny,
As he walked to death that morning,
He proudly held his head on high.
Just before he faced the hangman,
In his dreary prison cell,
The Black and Tans they tortured Barry,
Just because he would not tell
All the names of his companions,
And other things they wished to know.
" Turn informer or we'll kill you"
Kevin Barry answered, "no".
"Shoot me like
Do not hang me like a dog,
For I fought to free old Ireland
On that still September morn.
the little bakery
Where we fought them hand to hand,
Shoot me like a brave soldier,
For I fought for Ireland."
Barry, do not leave us,
On the scaffold you must die!"
Cried his broken-hearted mother
As she bade her son good-bye.
Kevin turned to
her in silence
Saying, "Mother, do not weep,
For it's all for dear old Ireland
And it's all for freedom's sake."
While he bade his last farewell
To his broken hearted mother
Whose grief no one can tell.
For the cause he
This sad parting had to be
Then to death walked softly smiling
That old Ireland might be free.
Another martyr for
Another murder for the crown,
Whose brutal laws to crush the Irish,
Could not keep their spirit down.
Lads like Barry
are no cowards.
From the foe they will not fly.
Lads like Barry will free Ireland,
For her sake they'll live and die.