Wylde Nept: Music & Lyrics
Red Hugh O’Donnell was abducted by the English after they got him drunk. He was just a teenager at the time. He escaped in 1591 and returned to inspire a rebellion. Well, what would you do?
Proudly the note of the trumpet is sounding Loudly the war cries arise on the gale Fleetly the steed by Lough Swilly is bounding To join the thick squadrons on Saimer’s green vale On every mountaineer! Strangers to flight or fear! Rush to the standard of dauntless Red Hugh! Bonnacht and gallowglass throng from each mountain Pass onward for Erin O’Donnell Abu Princely O’Neil to our aid is advancing With many a chieftan and warrior clan A thousand proud steeds in his vanguard are prancing ‘neath borderers brave from the banks of the Bann Many a heart shall quail under its coat of mail Deeply the merciless foeman shall rue When on his ears shall ring Borne on the breeze’s wing Tir Conwel’s dread war cry O’Donnell Abu! Wildly o’er Desmond the war wolf is howling Fearless the eagle sweeps over the plain The fox in the streets of the city is prowling And all who who scare them are banished or slain On with O’Donnell then, fight the old fight again Sons of Tir Conwal are valiant and true Make the proud Saxon feel Erin’s avenging steel Strike for your country O’Donnell Abu!