"for The Soldier's Song"

"The Soldier's Song" (Amhran na bhFiann) is the national anthem of the Republic of Ireland. The Soldier's Song was composed in 1907 by Peadar Kearney and Patrick Heeney, and first published in Irish Freedom in 1912. It was used as a marching song by the Irish Volunteers, and was sung by the rebels in the General Post Office during the Easter Rising. The song's popularity increased among those imprisoned in Frongoch internment camp, after the Rising, and amongst the Irish Republican Army during the Irish War of Independence. By now it is usually Liam O Rinn's Irish language version which is used, and although the song has three verses, the national anthem consists of the chorus alone.

 

We'll sing a song, a soldier's song,

With cheering rousing chorus,

As round our blazing fires we throng,

The starry heavens o'er us;

Impatient for the coming fight,

And as we wait the morning's light,

Here in the silence of the night,

We'll chant a soldier's song.

 

Chorus:

 Soldiers are we , whose lives are pledged to Ireland;

Some have come from a land beyond the wave.

Sworn to be free, No more our ancient sire land

Shall shelter the despot or the slave.

Tonight we man the gap of danger

In Erin's cause, come woe or weal

'Mid cannons' roar and rifles peal,

We'll chant a soldier's song.

 

In valley green, on towering crag,

Our fathers fought before us,

And conquered 'neath the same old flag

That's proudly floating o'er us.

We're children of a fighting race,

That never yet has known disgrace,

And as we march, the foe to face,

We'll chant a soldier's song.

 

Sons of the Gael! Men of the Pale!

The long watched day is breaking;

The serried ranks of Inisfail

Shall set the Tyrant quaking.

Our camp fires now are burning low;

See in the east a silv'ry glow,

Out yonder waits the Saxon foe,

So chant a soldier's song.