Intro, Bridge and Outro: D-D-A-A D-D-A-A
In (D)eighteen forty-five the blight came
(A)tearing at potato (D)fields
Black as night potatoes withered
never more to (D)yield
Confiscated wheat and barley
(A)Left the shore to cross the (D)sea
Leaving nothing for the
But (A)tides of pain and mise(D)ry.
In (D)eighteen forty-six oppression
(A)Flooded right across the (D)land
Sweeping poverty the tyrant
with his ruling (D)hand
Those who could not pay evicted
(A)Thrown out, to the ways and (D)lanes
Hunger like a river
(A)Through the valleys and the (D)plains.
In (D)early eighteen forty-seven
(A)Coffin boats they start to (D)sail
Leaving Sligo overcrowded
Destitute they left the mainland
(A)Dreaming of their desti(D)ny
Many of them died like vermin
in the deep cold (D)sea.
In (D)eighteen forty-eight the sky was
(A)Blacker than was ever (D)seen
Hanging low above the country
out her blackest (D)queen
Food was plenty for the gentry
(A)Fever raging through the (D)fold
Hoping that the coming
(A)Burn the demon from the (D)ground.
In (D)eighteen forty-nine more than
(A)Two million people dead or (D)gone
Diseased and starving homeless people
their best to carry (D)on
Voices calling through the country
(A)Come and change your desti(D)ny
Dreaming of the flower
The (A)purple white on fields of (D)green.