BARLEYCORN THE MEN BEHIND THE WIRE LYRICS

On Monday the 9. of August 1971. at 4.30 AM,
Irish men from all of the six counties were taken from their homes, hundreds of these men were then imprisoned without trial in Long Keish concentration camp

This is a song born of a civil resistance campaign which followed their torment, the song is dedicated to those men in Long Keish. Who are still, more then ten years later "The men Behind the Wire"


Armoured cars and tanks and guns
Came to take away our sons
But every man must stand behind
The men behind the wire

Through the little streets of Belfast
In the dark of early morn
British soldiers came marauding
Wrecking little homes with scorn

Heedless of the crying children
Cragging fathers from their beds
Beating sons while helpless mothers
Watched the blood poor from their heads

Armoured cars and tanks and guns
Came to take away our sons
But every man must stand behind
The men behind the wire

Not for them a judge and jury
Nor indeed a trial at all
But being Irish means you´re guilty
So we´re guilty one and all

Round the world the truth will echo
Cromwell´s men are here again
England´s name again is sullied
In the eyes of honest men.

Armoured cars and tanks and guns
Came to take away our sons
But every man must stand behind
The men behind the wire

Proud we march behind our banner
Firm we´ll stand behind our men
We will have them free to help us
Build a nation once again

On the people step together
Proudly firmly on their way
Never fear never falter
Till the boys are home to stay

Armoured cars and tanks and guns
Came to take away our sons
But every man must stand behind
The men behind the wire

Armoured cars and tanks and guns
Came to take away our sons
But every man must stand behind
The men behind the wire