Another one of Miss Holly's favorite songs from the era. Many Irishmen were eager to sign up and fight for their adopted country. It was believed by some that, after helping America win the war, America would in turn help liberate Ireland from British rule. But here we have the other side of the coin, bitter disapointment and a lament for lost dreams and failed expectations. This tune expresses the sorrow of the Irish immigrant who, having just stepped off the boat — and sometimes this was literally true — the new arrival was pressured, convinced and sometimes tricked into joining the army.
The instrumental after the song is called The Night Larry was Stretched.
Well it’s by the hush, me boys, and sure that’s to hold your noise
So I sold me horse and plow, sold me pigs, me sheep and cow
Well meself and a hundred more to Amerikay came o’re
General Meagher to us he said, “If you get shot or you lose your leg,