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Johnsons Motorcar Lyrics And Chords, Written by  William Gillespie. A true story ? . recorded by The Dubliners and The Clancy's.

Twas [G] down by BranniganŽs Corner, one morning I did stray.
I met a fellow rebel, and [D] to me he did say,
"WeŽve [G] orders from the captain to assemble at Dunbar,
But how are we to get there, [D] without a motor [G] car?"
"Oh Barney dear, be of good cheer, IŽll tell you what weŽll do.
The specials they are plentiful, the IRA are few,
WeŽll send a wire to Johnson to meet us at Stranlar
And weŽll give the boys a bloody good ride in JohnsonŽs Motor Car"
When Dr. Johnson heard the news he soon put on his shoes
He says this is an urgent case, there is no time to lose,
He then put on his castor hat and on his breast a star
You could hear the din all through Glenfin of JohnsonŽs Motor Car
But when he got to the railway bridge, some rebels he saw there
Old Johnson knew the game was up, for at him they did stare
He said "I have a permit, to travel near and far."
"To hell with your English permit, we want your motor car."
"What will my loyal brethren think, when he hear the news,
My car has been commandeered, by the rebels at Dunluce."
"WeŽll give you a receipt for it, all signed by Captain Barr.
And when Ireland gets her freedom, boy, youŽll get your motor car."
Well we put that car in motion and filled it to the brim,
With guns and bayonets shining which made old Johnson grim,
And Barney hoisted a Sinn Fein flag, and it fluttered like a star,
And we gave three cheers for the IRA and JohnsonŽs Motor Car.

Here are the original lyrics

Down by Brockagh Corner one morning I did stray,
When I met another rebel bold, who this to me did say:
I've orders from the Captain to assemble at Drumbar
But how are we to reach Dungloe without a Motor Car?

O Barney dear, be of good cheer and I'll tell you what we'll do.
The Black and Tans have plenty guns altho' we have but few.
We'll wire down to Stranorlar before we walk so far,
And we'll give the boys a jolly ride on Johnston's Motor Car.

When Johnston got the wire then he soon pulled on his shoes.
He says this case is urgent, there's little time to lose.
He wore a fancy caster hat and on his breast a star.
You could hear the din going through Glenfin of Johnston's Motor Car.

When he came to the Reelin Bridge, he met some rebels there.
He knew the game was up with him, and at them he did stare.
He said I've got a permit for travelling out so far
You can keep your English permit, but we want your motor car.

What will my loyal comrades say when I get to Drumboe.
To say my car was commandeered by rebels from Dungloe.
We'll give you a receipt for her, its signed by Captain Maher,
And when Ireland's free, then we will see to Johnston's Motor Car.

They put the car in motion, they filled it to the brim.
With guns and bayonets shining, while Johnston he did grin.
When Barney waved a Sinn Féin flag, she shot off like a star
And they gave three cheers for freedom and for Johnston's Motor Car.

When the loyal crew they heard the news, it grieved their hearts full sore.
They swore they'd have reprisals before they would give o'er.
In vain they searched through Glenties, the Rosses and Kilcar,
While the I.R.A. their flags displayed on Johnston's Motor Car.


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