In Mountjoy jail one Monday morning
High upon the gallows tree
Barry gave his young life
For the cause of liberty.
Just a lad of eighteen summers
Yet there's no one can deny
he walked to death that morning
He proudly held his head on high.
Just before he faced the hangman
In his dreary
British soldiers tortured Barry
Just because he would not tell.
The names of his brave comrades
other things they wished to know
"Turn informer or we'll kill you"
Kevin Barry answered "No."
for old Ireland
Another murder for the crown
Whose brutal laws may kill the Irish
But can't keep their spirits down.
like Barry are no cowards
From the foe they will not fly
Lads like Barry will free Ireland
For her sake they'll live