March 27th, 2016

“Black and tans” (not to be confused with a pint that is half Guinness and half Bass)…

were a group of ex-soldiers put into service ostensibly to help protect the English police, but in reality were state sponsored terrorists who brutalized the Irish people.

The song was originally written by Dominic Behan in reference to English/Irish conflicts in Dublin in the ‘30s.

The tone of the song is mocking and challenging, calling out the Black & Tans to single combat. There are numerous references to English wars and battles.

[Verse 1]

I was born on a Dublin street where the Royal drums do beat
And the loving English feet they tramped all over us
And each and every night when me father’d come home tight
He’d invite the neighbors outside with this chorus


Oh, come out you black and tans
Come out and fight me like a man
Show your wives how you won medals down in Flanders
Tell them how the IRA made you run like hell away
From the green and lovely lanes in Killashandra

[Verse 2]

Come tell us how you slew
Those brave Arabs two by two
Like the Zulus they had spears and bows and arrows
How you bravely slew each one
With your sixteen pounder gun
And you frightened them poor natives to their marrow


[Verse 3]

Come let me hear you tell
How you slammed the great Parnell
When you fought them well and truly persecuted
Where are the smears and jeers
That you bravely let us hear
When our heroes of sixteen were executed



  1. Mary Jo says:

    Fi says: Up the Rebels.

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