JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS


Minstrel Boy Lyrics

The minstrel boy to the war has gone,
In the ranks of death you'll find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;

"Land of Song!" cried the warrior bard,
(Should) "Tho' all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!"

The Minstrel fell! But the foeman's chain
Could not bring that proud soul under;
The harp he lov'd ne'er spoke again,
For he tore its chords asunder;

And said "No chains shall sully thee,
Thou soul of love and brav'ry!
Thy songs were made for the pure and free
They shall never sound in slavery!

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Songwriter(s): Luke Bullen, Scott Shields, Martin Slattery, Richard Flack, Simon Stafford, Joe Strummer, Tymon Dogg, Pablo Cook
Publisher(s): Rock Music Co. Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Uk) Limited, Warner/Chappell Music Ltd., Sony/ATV Songs LLC, Jr Distribution Co., Sony/ATV Tunes LLC, Jr Motion Pictu
Record Label(s): 2001 Hellcat Records
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