The Molly Maguires F C Make way for the Molly Maguires, B C F They're drinkers, they're liars, but they're men. F C Make way for the Molly Maguires, B C F You'll never see the likes of them again. d F d Down the mines no sunlight shines, those pits they're black as hell; F B F C F In modest style they do their time, it's Paddy's prison cell; d a B C And they curse the day they travelled far and drown their tears with a jar So, make way for the Molly Maguires... Backs will break and the muscles ache down there there's four times to three Of fields afar of a womans arm just dig that bloody seam Though they drain their bodies and their brow who dare to push them around. So, make way for the Molly Maguires... (2x) Note: The Molly Maguires, a secret organization of coal miners supposedly responsible for terrorism in the anthracite coalfields of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, U.S., in the period from 1862 to 1876. The group named itself after a widow who led a group of Irish antilandlord agitators in the 1840s. When poor working conditions and employment discrimination led to acts of sabotage and terrorist assassinations by Irish-American workers in Pennsylvania 20 years later, the "Mollies" were blamed. The Ancient Order of Hibernians, a local Irish fraternal association, was thought to be a front for the terrorists, and mine owners hired James McParlan, a detective, to infiltrate the group. In a series of sensational trials in 1875-77, McParlan's testimony resulted in the conviction and hanging of 10 men for murder. The court convictions, (C) Encyclopaedia Britanica. "Molly Maguires" by Phil Coulter, sung by Luke Kelly on _The Collection_, Homespun CD @labor @mine @Irish @America AJS
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