Rebel Songbook I-K
John Mitchel
I Hate To Hear People Cry
If I Should Fall From Grace With God
If It Wasn't For The Border
Impartial Police Force,The
INLA Freedom Fighters
Ireland, Boys, Hurrah!
Ireland Divided
Ireland Unfree
Ireland United,Gaelic And Free
Ireland's Fight For Freedom
Irish Citizen Army
Irish Free State,The
Irish Rebel Spy,The
Irish Soldier Boy
Irish Soldier Laddie
Irish Ways And Irish Laws
Jackets Green,The
James Connolly
James Connolly
James Larkin
Joe McManus
Joe McCann
Joe McDonnell
John Mitchel
Johnson's Motorcar
Kelly The Boy From Killane
Kerry Recruit,The
Kevin Barry
Kevin Lynch
Kieran Doherty

John Mitchel

I am a true-born Irishman, John Mitchel is my name:
When first I joined my comrades from Newry town I came;
I laboured hard both day and night to free my native land
For which I was transported unto Van DiemanŽs Land.

When first I joined my countrymen it was in Ž42;
And what did happen after that IŽll quickly tell to you;
I raised the standard of Repeal, I gloried in the deed;
I vowed to heaven I neŽer would rest till Old Ireland would be freed.

Farewell my gallant comrades, it grieves my heart full sore
To think that I must part from you, perhaps for evermore;
The love I bear my native land, I know no other crime;
This is the reason I must go into a foreign clime.

As I lay in strong irons bound, before my trial day
My loving wife came to my cell, and thus to me did say:
"Oh, John, my dear, cheer up your heart, undaunted always be,
For itŽs better to die for ErinŽs rights than live in slavery."

I was placed on board a convict ship without the least delay;
For BermudaŽs Isle our course was steered: IŽll neŽer forget the day.
As I stood upon the deck to take a farewell view
I shed a tear, but not for fear; my native land, for you.

Adieu! Adieu! to sweet Belfast, and likewise Dublin too,
And to my young and tender babes; alas, what will they do?
But thereŽs one request I ask of you, when your liberty you gain
Remember John Mitchel far away, though a convict bound in chains.