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For What Died the Sons of Róisín Lyrics Written By Luke Kelly. A poem by Luke as to what the country of Ireland had become in 1980. If Luke was alive today [2010] I'm sure he would has a lot more to say about how Ireland sold out to the highest bidder.

For What Died the Sons of Róisín, was it fame
For What Died the Sons of Róisín, was it fame
For what flowed Irelands blood in rivers,
That began when Brian chased the Dane,
And did not cease nor has not ceased,
With the brave sons of ´16,
For what died the sons of Róisín, was it fame
For What Died the Sons of Róisín, was it greed
For What Died the Sons of Róisín, was it greed
Was it greed that drove Wolfe Tone to a paupers death in a cell of cold wet stone?
Will German, French or Dutch inscribe the epitaph of Emmet?
When we have sold enough of Ireland to be but strangers in it.
For What Died the Sons of Róisín, was it greed
 
To whom do we owe our allegiance today
To whom do we owe our allegiance today
To those brave men who fought and died that Róisín live again with pride?
Her sons at home to work and sing,
Her youth to dance and make her valleys ring,
Or the faceless men who for Mark and Dollar,
Betray her to the highest bidder,
To whom do we owe our allegiance today
 
For what suffer our patriots today
For what suffer our patriots today
They have a language problem, so they say,
How to write "No Trespass" must grieve their heart full sore,
We got rid of one strange language now we are faced with many, many more,
For what suffer our patriots today

Luke Kelly singing
Luke Kelly's anniversary is on January 30 when he will be 25 years gone. I don't know if The Dubliners have anything planned to mark the occasion but I think they should do a concert in his honour. I will be marking the occasion by playing only the songs Luke sang when he was with The Dubliners. Luke gave so much material to us ballad singers and as sign of respect to one of Ireland's and the world's powerful ballad singers perhaps other ballad singers could mark that day by Playing Luke Kelly song. Luke Kelly 25 gone but never forgotten. Martin Dardis 9/1/2009

   
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