Rebel Songbook LM
Long Held In Chains
Last House In Our Street
Last Night I Had A Happy Dream
Legion Of The Rearguard
Let Erin Remember
Let The People Sing
Lid Of My Granny's Bin
Limb Of The Law,The
Little Drummer Boy
London's Derry
Lonely Woods Of Upton
Long Held In Chains
Long Kesh
Long March To Derry,The
Loughall Ambush,The
Lough Sheelin Eviction
Mairéad Farrell
Man From God-Knows-Where,The
Man From Mullingar
Man From The Daily Mail,The
Martin Hurson
Masters Of War
McElwee's Farewell
McVerry's Men
Meet Me At The Pillar
Memory Of The Dead,The
Men Behind The Wire
Men Of Easter Week
Men Of '81
Men Of The West
Merry Ploughboy
Michael Divine
Michael Collins
Michael Dwyer
Minstrel Boy,The
Mountains Of Pomeroy,The
Murray And McDonald
My Father Once Said To Me
My Heart Is In Ireland
My Last Farewell
My Little Armalite
My Old Man
My Youngest Son Came Home Today

Long Held In Chains

M McNally

©The Irish Brigade


In 1798 we rose against England,

We fought with our pikes but they answered with guns,

We fought them on the mountains, we fought by the rivers,

We knew that if captured we'd be tortured and hung,

From Antrim to Derry, from Wexford to Kerry,

We prayed that our freedom was soon to be won.



Ireland, Ireland long held in chains,

Never defeated we've risen again.


A dark time in Ireland there came a great famine,

The people were starving the rents were too high,

Evictions, then hunger then forced emmigration,

Our people with Typhoid in ditches did die,

The "Young Irelanders" fought back with determination,

That once more in Ireland the green flag would fly.


The Fenians fought both in Ireland and England,

Their leaders were captured, transported for years,

In exile they planned to return and free Ireland,

Rossa then died and at his graveside stood Pearse,

In 1916 the people had risen,

For the age old demands: freedom justice and peace.


The British would not give us full independence,

Partition, division, then came civil war,

Six counties in Ulster are still held in bondage,

The struggle goes on as it did years ago,

Oh let us now sing of Ireland's new heroes,

IRA volunteers who will end this long war.