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The Three Flowers

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The Three Flowers Irish Song Lyrics And Guitar Chords.Words and music by Norman Reddin, a slow haunting ballad and sang beautifully by Declan Hunt.

[C]One time when walking [G]down a lane
As [Dm]night was [F]drawing [C]nigh
I met a [Am]colleen [Dm]with three flowers
And [F]she more [G]young than [C]I
[C]Saint Patrick [Am]bless you [Dm]dear said I
"If [F]you be [g]quick to [C]tell
The place where you did [G]find these flowers
I [Dm]seem to [F]know [G7]so [C]well"


She took a flower and kissed it once
And softly said to me
"This flower I found in Thomas Street
In Dublin fair", said she
"Its name is Robert Emmet
It's the youngest flower of all
And I'll keep it fresh beside my breast
Though all the world should fall"


She took and kissed the next flower twice
And softly said to me
"This flower comes from the Antrim hills
outside Belfast", said she
"The name I call it is Wolfe Tone
The bravest flower of all
And I'll keep it fresh beside my breast
Though all the world should fall"


She took and kissed the next flower thrice
And gently said to me
"This flower comes from the Wicklow hills
Its name is Dwyer", said she
"And Emmet, Tone and Dwyer I'll keep
For I do love them all
And I'll keep them fresh beside my breast
Though all the world should fall"


So Emmet, Tone and Dwyer I'll keep
As I do love them all
And I'll keep them fresh beside my breast
Though all the world should fall

The song tells of the writer meeting a young
girl carring three flowers. She carries the
flowers as a reminder of her love for three
falling patriots. The first flower is a symbol
of Robert Emmet who was the leader of the
rebellion of 1803 and was hanged and be-headed
in Thomas Street Dublin in Septemberof the
same year.
 
 
The next flower she calls the sweetest
of all is for Wolf Tone which she found in the
hills of Antrim. Wolf Tone after being found guilty
on the 10 of Nov. 1798.Rather than be executed he
slit his throat and died nine days later on the
19 of Nov. denying the hangman his pleasure.
 
The last flower is also a symble of the girl's
love of another united Irishman, Michael Dwyer.
He spent five years on the run in the Wicklow
Mountains fighting the British Army from 1798
to 1803. Michael Dwyer died in Sydney in 1825,
he had been transported to Australia in 1805
as punishment for taking part in the rising.

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