Back to the Song Index
Follow Me Up to Carlow
Traditional. PD. Recorded by Darby O'Gill, "The Gettin's Good",
2002, Dog Sheet Music. (et al)
Follow Me Up to Carlow

Em                                                               D
Lift Mac Cahir Og your face, brooding o´er the old disgrace
    Em                                                                      D      Em
That black Fitzwilliam stormed your place and drove you to the Fern
                                                                D
Grey said victory was sure; soon the firebrand he´d secure
Em                                                    D          Em
Until he met at Glenmalure, Feach Mac Hugh O´Byrne

G                                           D
Curse and swear, Lord Kildare; Feach will do what Feach will dare
G                                         D                 Em
Now Fitzwilliam, have a care; fallen is your star, low
G                                              D
Up with halberd, out with sword; on we go, for by the Lord
G                             A           G                    D                      Em           D-Em-D-Em
Feach Mac Hugh has given the word: (1,2,3,4) Follow me up to Carlow

See the swords of Glen Imayle, flashing o´er the English Pale
See all the children of the Gael beneath O´Byrne´s banners
Rooster of the fighting stock, would you let a Saxon cock
Crow out upon an Irish rock? Fly up and teach him manners

Curse and swear, Lord Kildare; Feach will do what Feach will dare
Now Fitzwilliam, have a care; fallen is your star, low
Up with halberd, out with sword; on we go, for by the Lord
Feach Mac Hugh has given the word: (1,2,3,4) Follow me up to Carlow

From Tassagart to Clonmore there flows a stream of Saxon gore
Great is Rory Oge O´More at sending the loons to Hades
White is sick and Lane is fled and now for black Fitzwilliam´s head
We´ll send it over, dripping red, to Liza and the ladies
Listen to this song
Go to the CD "The Gettin's
Good"
Go to
Notes: The tune, it is said, is the battle tune heard during the fight.