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Pa' Los Del San Patricio

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Uploaded on Jan 30, 2012

Pa' los Del San Patricio, from the album Songs from an Outpost, sung live at the annual commemoration of the San Patricio Battalion in Clifden, Ireland.
The lyrics are sung to an old Scottish air - Dainty Davey.

Pa' Los Del San Patricio
47 too long a year, men died in chains men died in fear
some were lost under Irish sky and some on Mexico's fields were hung.
The gallows there 14 feet high two score men condemned to die
hung at noon in scorching heat, three hours they waited bound hand and feet.

47 too dark a year, men shook their chains and fell in fear
from Vera Cruz a flag unfurled many men rallied round it.
A Mexican eagle and a Celtic cross under the green flag men were lost
shot down as soldiers, hung as slaves their cruel fate a shallow grave.

Birds wouldn't cross the Pedragal through it General Lee he carved a path
Valencia's army were routed there Churubusco's fate was calling.
The Yankees tumbled through high corn at Churubusco we shot them down
Mexican guns they soon gave out with bayonets we joined the slaughter.

Three times the white flag swung round three times O'Riley pulled it down
when blood ran down into the sand only then did they surrender.
The Mexican eagle and a Celtic cross under the green flag men were lost
Shot down as soldiers, hung as slaves their cruel fate a shallow grave.

The gallows there 14 feet high two score men condemned to die
Hung at noon in scorching heat, three hours they waited bound hand and feet.

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