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Orange and the Green Once there was an Irishman, a Protestant was he My mother was a Catholic, from Kelsey town came she They were married in two churches,lived happily enough Until the day that I was born then things got rather tough CHORUS: Oh, it is the biggest mix-up that you have ever seen My father he was Orange and my mother she was Green Baptized by father Reilly, and rushed away by car To become a little Orangeman, my father's shining star I was christened David Anthony but still in spite of that To my father I was Billy while my mother called me Pat Now, with mother every Sunday to Mass we'd proudly stroll And later on the Orange lads would try to save my soul Both sides they tried to claim me but I was bad because I'd play me flute or play me harp depending where I was Now, when I'd sing those rebel songs 'twould fill my mother's joy My father would jump up and say ""Now look here Bill me boy That's enough of that stuff, he'd be tossin' me a coin To sing about the Orange Flute and the heroes of the Boyne Well, one day my father's kinfolk, they came to visit me Too bad my mother's relatives were sittin' down to tea I tried to calm things over as they began to fight But bein' strictly neutral I punched everyone in sight Well, my parents they would not agree about my kind of school The learnin' was all done at home and that's why I'm a fool Now they've both passed on God bless them but they left me caught between That awful color problem of the Orange and the Green RB OCT98
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