Rebel Songbook A-Bog
Banna Strand
A Breath of Peace
A Nation Once Again
A Prisoner's Christmas
A Rebel Song
A Song of the Loyal Irish
Admiral William Brown
After Aughrim's Great Disaster
Aiden McAnespie
All The Little Children
Anthony Gough
Arbour Hill
Armagh Sniper,The
Armagh Women,The
Armoured Car,The
Ashtown Road
Auf Wiedersehen,Crossmaglen
Auld Triangle,The
Bachelor's Walk
Back Home In Derry
Ballad Of Claudy
Banna Strand
Bard Of Armagh,The
Barry's Column
Barrymore Tithe Victory,The
Battle Eve Of The Brigade
Battle Of Granard,The
Battle Of Stormont,The
Belfast Brigade
Big Fellah,The
Big John Davey
Billy Reid
Birmingham Six
Black And Tan Gun,The
Black Watch,The
Blarismoor Tragedy,The
Blood All On The Grass
Blood-Stained Bandage
Bobby Sands
Bobby Sands From Belfast
Bobby Sands MP
Bobby Sands, Ballad Of
Bodenstown Churchyard
Bogside Volunteers

Banna Strand

'Twas on good Friday morning all in the month of May,
a German ship was signaling beyond there in the Bay,
we've twenty thousand rifles here, all ready for to land.
But no answ'ring signal came from the lonely Banna Strand.

A motorcar was dashing through the early morning gloom
a sudden crash, and in the stream they went to meet their doom,
two Irish lads were dying there just like their hopes so grand,
they could not give the signal now from lonely Banna Strand.

'No signal answers from the shore', Sir Roger sadly said,
'No comrades here to welcome me alas they must be dead,
but I must do my duty and at once I mean to land',
so in a boat he pulled ashore to lonely Banna Strand.

The German ship was lying there with rifles in galore,
up came a British ship and spoke 'No Germans reach the shore.
You are our Empire's enemy, and so we bid you stand,
no German foot shall e'er pollute the lonely Banna Strand.

They sailed for Queenstown harbour, said the Germans, 'We're undone,
the British are our masters man for man and gun for gun,
we've twenty-thousand rifles here, but they never will reach the land,
we'll sink them all and bid farewell to lonely Banna Strand.

The R.I.C. were hunting for Sir Roger high and low,
they found him at McKenna's Fort, they said, 'You are our foe'
said he 'I'm Roger Casement I came to my native land,
I meant to free my countrymen on the lonely Banna Strand.

They took Sir Roger prisoner and sailed for London town.
And in the Tower they laid him as a traitor to the crown
said he, 'I am no traitor,' but his trial he had to stand,
for bringing German rifles to the lonely Banna Strand.

'Twas in an English prison that they led him to his death,
I'm dying for my country' he said with his last breath,
he's buried in a prison yard far from his native land,
and the wild waves sing his Requiem on the lonely Banna Strand