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The Men of No Property

The Men of No Property


This Is Free Belfast! (Ballads from Behind the Barricades)
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  • This Is Free Belfast!
    • 1971 - Paredon P-1006 LP
  • Ballads from Behind the Barricades
    • 1975 - Resistance RES 1002 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Cry Murder!
    2. Why Are The British Troops Here? Statement
    3. Burntollet Bridge Ambush
    4. It's A Man's Life In The Army
    5. Craig's Dragoons
    6. Hughes Bakery Van
    7. Ballad Of Danny O'Hagan
    8. Bogside Doodlebug
    9. Ballad Of Carrick Hill
  • Side Two
    1. Leaving Belfast Town
    2. The Great Eel Robbery
    3. The Smuggling Men
    4. The Bogside Man
    5. Rubber Bullets
    6. Ballymurphy
    7. Ballad Of Lynch's Army
    8. Up In The Armagh Prison

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CRY MURDER!
Words: Wlyd
Sung by: McHenry
Accompaniment: Whistle, Guitar

DEDICATION: To the memory of PATRICK ROONEY' aged nine, killed by a stray bullet, Divis Street, Belfast, during the fighting on the night of 14th August, 1969.
On that night, Northern Ireland's 90% Protestant police force, the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), rioted throughout the Catholic ghettoes of Belfast. They savagely attacked innocent people and drove through the streets indiscriminately firing their weapons. One result of this demonstration of the RUC's fascist and racist interpretation of law and order was the murder of little Patrick Rooney while he lay in his bed.

One wonders if Patrick's father could view his little boy's body with part of his head blown off, the room awash with Patrick's blood, and then dismiss this horror from his mind with a "manly" shrug of his shoulders and the utterance of some bromide such as "War is hell!"
One wonders how Irish-Americans would react if somehow the policeman who murdered Patrick was convicted, but later freed and made a hero of by the Prime Minister or the Premier.


BURNTOLLET BRIDGE AMBUSH
Words: Wyld
Air: "Boys of Sandy Row"
Sung by: Wyld
Accompaniment: Accordion, guitar, percussion

This ballad commemorates an incident in which police and civilian enemies of the civil rights movement conspired to attack a peaceful demonstration at Burntollet Bridge during a march from Belfast to Londonderry.

"A horde of people appeared, armed with iron bars, clubs, and bottles. Many were wearing white armbands and helmets. Six men with clubs jumped out from the right and began, indiscriminately, to club people round me... I was struck four times on the head and several times on the shoulders..."

"Standing on the side of the bridge... was a large, middle-aged, well-dressed man...he whipped what seemed like a police baton out of his overcoat pocket and smashed it on the back of the nearest marcher. Boys and girls went down, one after another."
Extract from "Unholy Smoke" by G.W. Target.


IT'S A MAN'S LIFE IN THE ARMY
Words: Wyld
Air: "Rocks of Baun"
Sung by: Wyld
Accompaniment: Guitar


CRAIG'S DRAGOONS
Words: Wyld
Air: "Dolly's Brae"
Sung by: Lavery
Accompaniment: Guitar, whistle, mandolin.


HUGHES' BAKERY VAN
Monologue written and performed by McIlvogue, with drum and flute.

In recognition of its outstanding service in defense of the Catholics of the Falls Road, Hughes Bakery Van takes a place of honor next to Johnson's motor car as one of the principle vehicles of Irish freedom.
However, intelligence reports comina into the Falls indicate that the Scotch-Irish of the Shankill Road Department of Defense are developing something they call Annie's Lorry. If Annie's Lorry is as good as it's cracked up to be, its encounter with Hughes' Bakery Van should make the great battle between the Monitor and the Merrimac look like a pillow fight in comparison.


BALLAD OF DANNY O'HAGAN
Words: McIlvogue
Air: "Jamie Foyers"
Sung by: McIlvogue

Danny O'Hagan, a nineteen-year old apprentice electrician, was cold-bloodedly shot to death at twenty yards by British soldiers under the command of General lan Freeland, while standing on a Belfast street corner. In the report, the British claim O'Hagan was throwing a petrol bomb: the people who were with him said he was unarmed. O'Hagan's death was followed by a march of tribute by 5,000 people, and six days of rioting with increased use of petrol bombs. As Liam McMillan, a Republican leader of the North, said, "The history of Ireland shows that the more repression that is used against the Irish people, the more they will resist it."


THE BOGSIDE DOODLE BUG
Words: McIlvogue
Sung by: McIlvogue, with group
Accompaniment: Guitar


THE BALLAD OF CARRICK HILL
Words: McIlvogue
Air: "Take it Down From the Mast"
Sung by: Lavery
Accompaniment: Drums, whistle, mandolin


LEAVING BELFAST TOWN
Words: McIlvogue
Air: "The Hero"
Sung by: Wyld
Accompaniment: Guitar, dulcimer


THE GREAT EEL ROBBERY
Words: Brown
Air: "Star of the County Down"
Sung by: Wyld
Accompaniment: Harmonica

Northern Ireland's great Lough Neagh is the richest fishing ground of Western Europe. Instead of this natural treasure being the heritage and property of all the people, the fishing rights to its greatest catch, eels, are controlled exclusively by one company, the Dutch-controlled Toome Eel Fisheries (N.I.) Ltd. This company makes the laws, issues licenses, hires bailiffs, prosecutes the fishermen, and can revoke their licenses.


THE SMUGGLING MEN
Words: David Hammond
Air: "Limerick Rake"
Sung by: Wyld
Accompaniment: Guitar, mandolin, whistle


THE BOGSIDE MAN
Words: McIlvogue
Air: "Hogseye Man"
Sung by: McIlvogue with group


RUBBER BULLETS
Words: Wyld
Air: "Football Crazy"
Sung by: Wyld
Accompaniment: Guitar, Mandolin

One of the riot control weapons devised by the British Army to maintain the military occupation of Ulster is the rubber bullet. Presumably, this more "humane" tool of warfare will demonstrate the "kindliness" of the authorities in the Six Counties, although its success in achieving that objective has been nil.


BALLYMURPHY
Words: McIlvogue
Air: "She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain"
Sung by: Lavery
Accompaniment: Guitar, Mandolin


BALLAD OF LYNCH'S ARMY
Words: McIlvogue
Air: "Let Him Go, Let Him Tarry"
Sung by: McIlvogue
Accompaniment: Accordion, guitar whistle

During the attempted pogrom against the Catholic masses in the North in the summer of 1969, Jack Lynch, the Fianna Fail leader of the government of the South, sent his troops to the border... and, no further. Although this gesture was to appease those of his constituency whose displeasure would be aroused if he should stand idly by, it actually exposed the pseudo nationalist pretenses of Lynch and his party. Eamonn McCann, a leader of the civil-rights struggle in the North, put it this way: "Instead of asking Fianna Fail to move troops into the North, they should have said thet the Fianna Fail will not move troops in because it is a puppet of British Imperialism and puppets don't send troops to fight their masters.


UP IN THE ARMAGH PRISON (Bernadette Devlin)
Words: McIlvogue
Air: "The Old Triangle"
Sung by: Lavery
Accompaniment: Whistle

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England's Vietnam
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  • England's Vietnam
    • 1975 - Resistance RES 1001 LP
    • 1977 - Folkways FH 5409 LP — (USA Release)
      • Irish Songs of Resistance sung by The Men Of No Property

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  • Side One
    1. Falls Road Taximan (McIlvogue)
    2. The Internee (McIlvogue)
    3. England's Vietnam (Whoriskey)
    4. Tuten Carson's Tomb (McIlvogue)
    5. The Freedom Fighter (McIlvogue)
    6. Paddy Reilly (Whoriskey)
    7. Leaving of Belfast (McIlvogue)
  • Side Two
    1. Crossmaglen (McIlvogue)
    2. Jesus and Jesse (Whoriskey)
    3. Twomwy's Escape (McIlvogue)
    4. Princess Anne (McIlvogue)
    5. Multi-Storey (McIlvogue)
    6. The Island Men (Wyld)
    7. Blood Sunday (McIlvogue)

  • The Men of No Property
    • Barney McIlvogue: Singer
    • Brian Whoriskey: Singer
    • Irene Clarke: Singer
    • Sandra Kelly: Guitar, Concertina, Whistle
    • John Fallen: Fiddle, Basouki, Guitar
    • Gordon McCaffery: Banjo, Mouth Organ
  • All songs on this LP are © copyright of the authors and Resistance Records.
  • This LP is dedicated to Rita, who knows where it's at, even if she can't always get there.
  • May 1975.

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THE NORTH BEGAN, THE NORTH HELD ON, GOD BLESS THE GALLANT NORTH.
The Red Hand, legendary symbol of Ireland's Northern Provence, Ulster, clutches the Shamrock of Ireland, United and Free. Humourous, satirical, poignant and defiant, the songs by The Men of No Property, natives of Ulster, voice the unceasing resistance by the freedom-seeking Irish against the Armies of the English Invader.

The title — "Men of No Property" — is a quotation from the statement by Wolfe Tone, the Father of Irish Republicanism: "The Men of No Property shall liberate Ireland."

Belfast born Barney McIlvogue, Brian Whoriskey and Irene Clarke, Belfast college students in 1969, took part in civil rights protests and marches in Northern Ireland and later saw action behind the barricades at New Lodge, Ardoyne and Short Strand in Belfast against the sectarian police force and the British Army.

Writing and singing songs of the Resistance, The Men of No Property try to tell the story of the people under the Terror.


The Falls Road Taximan
The Peoples' Taxis first appeared on the Falls Road, Belfast, when the Corporation withdrew public transport from routes through Republican areas where a riot or a gun battle was a daily occurrence. The gap was quickly filled by a group of local taxi men. At lOp per person it must be the cheapest adventure trip in Western Europe. This song is dedicated to Tony, one of our political prisoners in Long Kesh.


The Internee
The song tells of the anguish of the internee's wife, as she watches her husband being dragged from their bed and brought to Long Kesh, there to be held in a barbed wire cage without charge or trial for an indefinite period. As she watches the politicians selling out she comes to the conclusion that it will take more than words to end the repression of a State guilty of such inhuman behaviour. Now, in May 1975 despite Merlyn Rees' pathetic lies, over 300 Republicans are in Long Kesh.


England's Vietnam
The people of Vietnam fought for 30 years before achieving their independence. The path to freedom may be long and hard but for England the simple message is that the days of the colonists are over, and, for all her military might, she cannot forever deny the Irish people their freedom.


Tuten Carson's Tomb
After the revolution, I often wondered about the impressions of explorers when they came into a jungle clearing and discovered Stormont, the ancient seat of power of the Orange monolith. What priceless pieces of booty will the Fermanagh Pharaoh Harry West and the Sun King Twisted-Mouth Faulkner leave posterity when the old regime crumbles into the dustbin of history?


The Freedom Fighter
The small back street ghettoes of Belfast have been the setting for so many of the battles in the present struggle. They have suffered most of the direct oppression of British imperialism and in return have produced many of the leaders and sadly but inevitably the martyrs who have paid with their lives to see this country free. People who will be remembered when the names of the generals and the politicians have long been forgotten, this is a song about them.


Paddy Reilly
There is no one Paddy Reilly, there are hundreds. Now that they are off, they're not about to crawl back into their ghetto.


The Leaving of Belfast
An immigration ballad composed in 1970 in the early days of the struggle when CS gas and RUG brutality made many a man despair of trying to raise a family in such conditions. Was the price worth it and could things ever really be changed? Fortunately many did stay to fight for a better life for their kids.


Crossmaglen
Once described as the 'Dien Bien Phu' of the British Army, the village of Crossmaglen has become a legend in the struggle for Independence. Situated on the border of South Armagh its local IRA units roam at will, inflicting heavy casual-ities on the occupying forces. Its rugged terrain has proved to be ideal training ground for a new generation of rural guerrillas. Michael McVerrey was the leader of these men. Even today the Republican flag, which the Paratroopers failed to lower, flies proudly over the village in his honour.


Jesus and Jesse
The last person to write surrealist fantasies like this in Ireland was Oliver St. John Gogarty - and he's dead. If you're not from Belfast you'll have difficulty in understanding Brian Whoriskey's song.
Don't worry, so does he. Anyway, it's dedicated to the Belfast Lumberjacks who, we are informed, Rule OK!


Twomey's Escape
I don't think there was a man or woman in Ireland - apart from Patrick Cooney - who didn't shake their head in admiration when three IRA leaders escaped from Mount joy Jail in Dublin in a hijacked helicopter.


Princess Anne
The armed services appear to be a favourite dumping ground for the male members of the British Royal family, but when the young daughter of our gracious Queen married recently, few Belfast punters were giving a price about seeing the new son-in-law in a flak jacket on the Falls Road. With four month tours of duty every regiment in the British army has served in Ulster, but still we wait in vain for the gallant Mark to weigh in.


The Multi-Storey
When housing allocation in Ulster was in the hands of the local authorities, graft and corruption was so rampant and discrimination so blatant that the people finally took to the streets. The barbed humour of the song is not restricted to Belfast but will be appreciated by any family forced to live in a multi-storey with the lifts constantly out of order.


The Island Men
With high unemployment, emigration has been the only answer for many an Irishman for the last 150 years. The Tsland Men' of the song are the workers of Harland and Wolff shipyards on the Queens Island in Belfast. They too have known what it is to be laid off without warning and forced to take the boat to England.


Bloody Sunday
They marched from the Creggan to the Bogside and stood at Free Derry corner, in the shadow of the Rosville flats listening to the speakers demanding justice and civil rights for all. Before they would return to their homes their banner would be bloodstained, thirteen innocent men would be dead, dozens would be wounded. The perpetrators of the massacre, the officers and men of the Paratroop Regiment, were quickly acquitted by Lord Widgery; no more than the Irish people have come to expect from "Impartial British Justice". And her Britannic Majesty Elizabeth Regina was so pleased she graciously awarded butcher Wilford the QBE in 1974.

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Ireland - The Fight Goes On
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  • Ireland - The Fight Goes On
    • 1976 - Resistance RES 1003 LP
      • New Irish Political Ballads

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  • Side One
    1. Home Soldier Home (Wyld)
    2. The Ballad of Rinty Monaghan (McIlvogue)
    3. Farewell to Newry Courthouse (McIlvogue)
    4. Three Reels: O'Rourke's Reel, The Road to Lisdoonvarna & The Cup of Tea
    5. Larkin
    6. The Citizen Army
    7. Slow Air, The Wounded Hussar and The Foxhunter's Reel
  • Side Two
    1. Steele and McAteer's Daring Escape from Crumlin Road Jail
    2. The Hungry Army (Wyld)
    3. Kitty's Bonnet & The Freeze Britches
    4. The Legend of Aileach
    5. The Slicks of Dooneen (Cleasa)
    6. If They Come in the Moring (Warsaw)
    7. The Epic Battle of Foxes Corner (McIlvogue)

Sleeve Notes

  • SIDE A
    1. HOME SOLDIER HOME (Wyld)
      • An anti recruiting song written and sung by Wyld.
    2. THE BALLAD OF RINTY MONAGHAN (McIlvogue)
      • In honour of Rinty, the lad from Sailortown who won the world fly weight championship, successfully defended it three times and retired Undefeated, Written and sung by Barney McIlvogue himself.
    3. FAREWELL TO NEWRY COURTHOUSE (McIlvogue)
      • On March 10th 1975 ten IRA prisoners, up for sentence for the horrible 'crime" of attempting to escape from Long Kesh camp, escaped from their cell in Newry Courthouse Hare it is. OK Fitzy? Sung by Whoriskey.
    4. THREE REELS (Traditional)
      • O'Rourke's Reel, The Road to Lisdoonvarna, and The Cup of Tea.
    5. LARKIN (Traditional)
      • A rare ballad of James Larkin (1876-1947). A revolutionary with vision. Sung by Betsy. Gray.
    6. THE CITIZEN ARMY (Traditional)
      • Another old ballad commemorating James Connolly and the Citizens Army, founded in the winter of 1913-14 and trained by Captain Jack White.
    7. SLOW AIR, THE WOUNDED HUSSAR and THE FOXHUNTER'S REEL (Traditional)
  • SIDE B
    1. STEELE AND McATEER'S DARING ESCAPE FROM THE CRUMLIN ROAD JAIL (Traditional)
      • Although it is really traditional, McIlvogue claims it and Whoriskey sings it the escape happened during breakfast at Crumlin Jail Belfast on 15th January 1943. Hugh McAteer, doing 15 years for "treason", Jimmy Steele, Pat Donnelly, the O/C of Crumlin at the time and Ned Maguire, a slater, forced their way through the roof, dropped 40 feet using sheets, climbed the 20 foot outer wall using an improvised grappling hook and made their escape, despite McAteer injuring his right leg. £3.000 a man was the reward put on their heads but no one informed and that Easter Steele and McAteer appeared to an astonished and delighted audience of film goers at The Broardway Cinema, Falls Roads when the IRA took it over for an Easter commemoration.
    2. THE HUNGRY ARMY (Wyld)
      • A anti recruiting song ballad collected and sung by Wyld.
    3. KITTY'S BONNET & THE FREEZE BRITCHES (Traditional)
    4. THE LEGEND OF AILEACH (Traditional)
      • A 17th century folk song sung by Betsy.
    5. THE SLICKS OF DOONEEN (Cleasa)
      • A modern anti pollution song written and sung by the astounding Pronsias Cleasa (trick), a sprightly 72 year old we discovered in a sheugh near Keady, County Armagh.
    6. IF THEY COME IN THE MORNING (Warsaw)
      • An anti-internment song written by an American comrade and sung by Whoriskey.
    7. THE EPIC BATTLE OF FOXES CORNER (McIlvogue)
      • Old Derry street song shamelessly stolen by and sung by Barney McIlvogue. Foxes Corner is now, alas, no more, but there were many battles there. For the bewildered, "a wing" is a penny.

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Ireland: The Final Struggle
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  • Ireland: The Final Struggle
    • 1977 - Paredon P-1039 LP
      • New Political Ballads by the Men of No Property

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  • Side One
    1. Have You Got a Penny, Mister?
    2. The Carmagnoles
    3. Down the Broom/Navy on the Shore/Rolling in the Rye Grass (medley)
    4. Brian Boy Magee
    5. Blarney Pilgrim/Whinny Hills of Leitrim/Paddy O'Brian's Jig (medley)
    6. Cormack MacIlvogue
    7. The Wee White Turban
  • Side Two
    1. Erin's Lovely Home
    2. Wishing the Brits Would Go Home
    3. Breton Air/Andros (medley)
    4. The Banks of Mulroy Bay
    5. If They Come in the Morning (No Time for Love)

  • Singers
    • Brian Whorsky
    • MacIlvogue
    • Wylde
    • Frank Trick
    • Betsy Gray
  • Credits
    • Cover photo by Ronald Clyne

Sleeve Notes

The struggle against British Imperialism in the North of Ireland begun in 1968 still goes on. The cost in terms of lives and suffering has increased as the repression has been stepped up in a last desperate attempt to turn the tide. There are now 2,000 political prisoners in Northern Ireland. The British Army murder squads (Special Air Service known as S.A.S.) have murdered and bombed at will but still the people of the North have refused to return to the corrupt Six County State they rose to smash in 1909. Our struggle is not an easy one nor is the solution simple, but we refuse to be dragged down the deadly cul-de-sac of sectarianism. We refuse to accept the war in Ireland as a religious one, although the mighty propaganda machine of the British press attempts to convey that impression to the world. Internment without trial has failed, Bloody Sunday has failed, and the concentration camps of Long Kesh and Magilligan cannot crush the people's resistance. We find ourselves in a most difficult period of the struggle, with a right-wing puppet government in Dublin and the people wary of long years of war. But let there be no mistake. British Imperialism will be defeated. This is the final struggle. We have paid too dearly, suffered too much, to climb back into the gutter again.

— The Men of No Property


Have You Got A Penny, Mister?
Sung by Wylde
Tune: Traditional
Words: Wylde

A new ballad expressing the frustration of the working class people of Belfast bowed by 25% unemployment, job discrimination, and the continual harassment of the "Brits" on the street. People are aware of the "set up" and this struggle is about changing all that.


The Carmagnoles
Sung by Betsy Gray
Tune: Traditional French
Collected and Arranged by Wylde

During the French Revolution residents of the little village in the south of France called Caramagnole wrote words about "Madame Veto" (Marie Antoinette) who was the wife of Louis XVI, and whose veto caused the suspension of the constitution of 1791. The tune also served as a vehicle for both singing and dancing of the Paris Communards, and in this way they came also to be called "Carmagnoies." The present words are attributed at times to the great Scottish poet Robert Burns, but this is not certain. We have included it in our program to show that while the color of the uniform may change, the enemy of the people remains unchanged throughout history.. and it can and will be overthrown. "Church and state in deep embrace; the burden of the human race."


Down The Broom/Navvy On The Shore/Rolling In The Rye Grass

Three Irish reels learned from older traditional musicians in the North. They are played on the Uileann Pipes, the button row accordion, the flute, mandolin and bodhrán.


Brian Boy Magee
Recited by MacIlvogue
Poem by Ethna Carbery


Blarney Pilgrim Whinny Hills Of Leitrim Paddy O'Brien's Jig
Three Irish Jigs


Cormack MacIlvogue
Sung by Wylde
Tune: Traditional [A Man's Life in the Army]
Words: MacIlvogue

Belfast lies between a range of low hills and the sea. Local folk tales tell of how these hills were inhabited in the early 18th century by bands of guerrillas called "Raparees," fighters who refused to surrender after William the Conquerer's victory at Boyne. Many stories about this exist in the oral tradition, but few songs, so we decided to compose our own.


The Wee White Turban
Sung by Whorsky
Tune: traditional
Words: MacIlvogue

The tune is from a popular "rebel" song called "The Broad Black Brimmer," and if the people of Belfast weren't tired of singing it they'd be tired of listening to it. The parody is a light-hearted dig at the kind of Irish Rebel song which seems to have more sentiment than politics. At the same time, it relates the class struggles of another people to our own. The author is in complete sympathy with the PLO and its aims, and by no means takes the Palestinian situation lightly.


Erin's Lovely Home
Sung by Betsy Gray
Music and Words: Traditional

A rare emigration ballad from the famine time. In 1847, a famine decimated the population of Ireland when four million people either left or died in three horrific years.


Wishing The Brits Would Go Home
Sung by Frank Trick
Tune: Traditional
Words: Macilvogue

A humourous but barbed little song in support of the growing demand for a withdrawal of British troops from Ireland. The song describes how when the British troops were first drafted to the North many saw them as protectors from the pogroms rampant at the time. Disillusion soon set in as their real role became cleat, that of maintaining British imperialism in Ireland.


Breton Air/Andros

Two traditional instrumental Breton melodies The ancient Celtic culture is flourishing once again among the young after long years of official repression and disapproval. Our group picked up these melodies during a visit to play in Brittany, France. Breton traditional music bears a marked resemblance to its Irish counterpart, which helps demonstrate how widespread the Celtic tradition and culture is.


The Banks Of Mulroy Bay
Sung by Wylde
Tune: Traditional
Collected and Arranged by MacIlvogue

Lord Leitrim, whose vast estates stretched from Donegal to Country Mayo and Leitrim, was one of the most infamous landlords in Ireland at the end of the Nineteenth Century. He ordered wholesale eviction of any of his tenants who had fallen into rent arrears, but finally he pushed the people too far. Three days after obtaining a dozen eviction orders from the court in Sligo Town, he was ambushed and shot to death near the small village of Milford in County Donegal. It is no surprise that the men who did the deed were never caught. The rash of local ballads which commemorated the event were scarely laments.


If They Come In The Morning
Sung by Whorsky
Words and Music: Jack Warshaw
©1974 Jack Warshaw

This timely ballad was composed by an American friend of ours who has lived in England since he came there as a draft resistor. In it, Jack Warshaw tells of repression around the world, and of the way torture has come to be an accepted method of treatment for political prisoners in many so-called democracies. The song makes us see that the only way the people can win is by sticking together, by supporting each other wherever struggle is being waged.

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Brits Out!
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    • 1978 - Resistance Records RES 1004 LP
      • Irish Revolutionary Songs By The People Of No Property

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  • Side One
    1. 2001 Carnhill
    2. The Brandywell
    3. Home You Go
    4. A Reel- Gravel walk
    5. The Angry Brigade
    6. Hull Jail Riot
    7. Sean O'Halloran
  • Side Two
    1. The Blanket Men
    2. Troops Out Song
    3. Have you got a penny, Mister
    4. Two Reels: Jackson's and the Oak Tree
    5. Bread and Roses
    6. Grand Oul' Dame Dame Brittania
    7. Two Reels: Master Crowley's and The Roscommon
    8. Song for Rose

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2001 Carnhill
After generations of no public housing and bad slum private housing, Derry welcomed 'Carnhill', a vast new public housing estate outside the city. It didn't take long, however, until people discovered the universal urban problems of non- existent bus services, with shops and other facilities a hard day's march away. A plea to the town planners to remember that people have to live in 'the cartoons they create'.

The Brandywell
Go down Rossville Street, by 'Free Derry Corner' and the gasworks and you're into the Brandywell. Small houses, a dog track, a few remaining pubs and people who have fought Brit oppression for the last ten years and can still smile. A look at what's been, and what is, through their eyes, and you might get an idea what it's all about.

Home You Go
An appeal to working class people not to join the British Army. A few good reasons why the squaddies who heeded the lies of the expensive recruiting advertisements should pack it in while they can and go home. Instead of the travel and adventure promised, they end up terrified, fighting a war they don't understand in a place they don't belong.

The Angry Brigade
The revolutionary group known as 'The Angry Brigade' emerged in England in the late sixties. Their direct action against Brit imperialism included attacks on Army recruiting offices, and Scotland Yard's computer bank, and they also raided the banks and embassies of many fascist and racist regimes.

Hull Jail Riot
A song vividly recalling the events in Hull Prison when prisoners seized the jail for three days and nights following the severe beating of a prisoner by four screws. The prisoners were systematically beaten up afterwards by the screws. Some screws were finally found guilty of assault, but suspended sentences were the worst they got. Similar beatings by screws occurred in Wormwood Scrubs Prison at the end of August 1979 after a protest by prisoners in the maximum security wing, including Irish political prisoners. The song is based on a letter smuggled out of Hull Prison at the time, and was composed by a friend and comrade in England.

Sean O'Halloran
A poignant and bitter ballad of Paddy's experiences working the roads in England. 'Far from Tralee town, lay my body down, in this Godforsaken land.' A somewhat rare ballad on a theme that has produced some of the best Irish songs in the last fifty years.

The Blanket Men
The story of the men in the infamous H- Blocks of Long Kesh, England's concentration camp in Ulster. Denied political status, the men, some for over three years, have remained naked in their cells, 24 hours a day, refusing to wash or 'slop out' in accordance with British prison rules. A recent letter smuggled from the Kesh reads: 'I can see my bones through my chalk white skin and dirt, my hair and beard hang down greasy, filthy and matted over my body which is tortured with rashes, sores and parasites. I am always cold, sick and hungry and coughing. All medical attention has been refused. Tell the world of the concentration camps England maintains in Ireland in the name of peace and justice.'

Troops Out Song
A funny but barbed little piece we composed for the Troops Out Movement. We smile when we see the Daily Mirror polls stating that a majority of English people are in favour of taking the troops out; and they're not even raided, shot, searched or harrassed every day.

Have You Got A Penny, Mister?
A new Belfast ballad demonstrating how the only people who gain from the conflict between Orange and Green are the politicians — in fact they invented it.

Bread and Roses
How many Irish rebel or political songs mention the part that women played in the struggle? It always seems to be 'the Men of the West', or The Boys of Wexford' that did all the fighting, not to mention the 'Bold Fenian Men', and the 'Boys of the Old Brigade'. Women have always played a vital role in the Irish struggle, and never more so than today. This song's in case men ever forget that, especially when the Brits are gone and we have a chance to shape our own destiny. It was composed by an American socialist poet, after he saw women textile workers during the famous Lawrence, Mass. strike of 1912 marching .with a banner which said 'We Want Bread and Roses Too'.

Grand Oul' Dame Brittania
A sixty- year old 'Troops Out' ( or anti- recruitment) song. After all the movement has been going for 800 years or so.

Song For Rose
A ballad dedicated to Rose Dugdale, now serving 8 years in Limerick Jail for her part in the Irish struggle. Limerick, Portlaoise, the Curragh, Mountjoy — all grand monuments to the Free State Government's part in the struggle for independence.

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