Terrible Beauty

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From Derry down to Dublin town the bloody river flowed
From seanchai to seanchai no tale went untold
The cries of Eirann sons and daughter mired in the bog
The tyranny 'cross Irish sea of poison London fog

To live or die an Irishman the price was much the same
Four corners of the world we sailed, in each they cursed our name
Some took a wayward passage 'neath the hulls of coffin ships
Some held on to the Auld Sod 'neath the sting of English whips

A land to weary to conceive a harvest but for stone
Was gleaned by queen's men to the quick, stripped down to the bone
Potatoes rotting in the ground, dear God the famine spread
Like locusts from the fields of Hell they left us with our dead

Still the breath of summer kissed the Emerald Isle
And crawled around the brooding moors and cause the land to smile
The healing of her sun and showers, the fragrance of her breast
As irrepressible children we still celebrate her best

The curse of destiny will drive a madman from his mind
And cause a temperate soul to stand where once he had resigned
And as the Thames and River Liffey seek the open sea
Injustice will deliver a terrible beauty


from Down with the Ship, released September 15, 2015
Jim Hines & The Waxies



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