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All Around My Heart (IRA) I had a true love, if ever a girl had one I had a true love, a brave lad was he One fine Easter morning, with his gallant comrades He started away for to set Ireland free. cho: All round my heart, I'll wear the tri-colored ribbon All 'round my heart I'll wear the green white and gold; And if anyone should ask me the reason that I'm wearing it It's for my true love (I never more shall see) or (in the I.R.A.) He whispered, "Goodbye, love, Old Ireland is calling High over Dublin the tricolour flies; In the streets of the city, the foeman is falling And wee birds are singing, "Old Ireland, arise!" His bandolier 'round him, his bright eyes a-shining His short service rifle, a beauty to see, There was joy in his eyes, though he left me behind him And started away for to set Ireland free. [My true love is a soldier, he's fighting for old Ireland His short service rifle is a wonder to see; And as the moon was declining, he left me repining His bright bayonet shining, to keep old Ireland free.] or: All around my hat I wear the tricolor ribbon All around my hat, until death comes to me And if anybody's asking why do I wear it It's all for my true love, I never more shall see. In prayer and in waiting, the dark days passed over The roar of the guns brought no messge to me I prayed for Old Ireland, I prayed for my true love That he might be safe and Old Ireland be free. The struggle is ended, they brought me the story The last whispered message he sent unto me, I was true to the land, love, I fought for her glory And gave up my life for to keep Old Ireland free. RG, EH
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