Hank Locklin — Kevin Barry lyrics

It was on one Monday morning
High upon the gallows tree
Kevin Barry gave his young life
In the cause of liberty
Just a lad of eighteen summers
Yet no one can deny
As he walked to death that morning
He proudly held his head up high

Just before he faced the hangman
In his dreary prison cell
The British soldiers tortured Barry
Just because he would not tell
The name of all his brave comrades
And other things they wished to know
"Turn informer or we'll kill you"
Kevin Barry answered "no"

Calmly standing to attention
While he made his last farewell
To his broken hearted mother
Whose sad grief no one can tell
For the cause he proudly cherished
This sad parting had to be
Then to his death he walked smiling
That old Ireland might be free

Then to his death he walked smiling
That old Ireland might be free
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