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Published on Feb 25, 2008
More commonly known as "The Legend", written by Dan Hannon from New York City after he had listened to Nelson Mandela speak at the Yankee Stadium following his release from prison in 1990. The song title and lyrics are as the original written by Dan.
Mandela 1 I went to see a legend Just the other night Down in Yankee Stadium Underneath the lights I heard an old man speak there After years and years in jail his name it was Mandela and he came to tell his tale
2 Well the crowd cheered him loudly Ah but then the silence fell When he spoke of the hard years In a South African cell And although he was free now His heart was still in pain Because his country and his people Still wore apartheids chains
3 He said he hoped that we would join him As he walked down freedoms path And that these miles would be the hardest But they would be the last And to join our hands together So that we might be as one try to find ourselves the courage That this battle could be won
4 I went home that same evening I fell a asleep and had a dream I was standing in a cold rain In a Irish field of green And all around me headstones Of the martyrs from the past I was standing there in silence When they spoke to me at last
5 Kevin Barry is my name And I died in the hangmans noose They wanted the names of my comrades But this I would not do And I am Roger Casement And I died by Englands hand For bringing German rifles To the lonely Banna Strand
6 James Connolly is my name The working people were my life When they shot me down in Killmainham Jail It brought great civil strife And I am Padraig Pearse I was murdered by the foe Because I read the Proclamation From the steps of the GPO
7 Well the last voice that I heard Said my name is Bobby Sands He said it good to hear Mandela words Ringing through the land I hope they hear him up in Belfast In Derry and Tyrone Maybe then those English soldiers Will know its time to go home
8 I awoke in the morning Nothing made sense at all But then again whod believe That theyd knock down the Berlin Wall Or theyd freed Nelson Mandela Oh could this really be Maybe now we will see Ireland Reunited and free
(repeat last 2 lines) Written by Daniel Hannon Copyright 1990 Reinlougha Lyrics