|Wearing of the Green
O Paddy dear, and did ye hear the news that's goin' round?
The shamrock is by law forbid to grow on Irish ground!
No more Saint Patrick's Day we'll keep, his color can't be seen
For there's a cruel law ag'in the Wearin' o' the Green."
I met with Napper Tandy, and he took me by the hand
And he said, "How's poor old Ireland, and how does she stand?"
"She's the most distressful country that ever yet was seen
For they're hanging men and women there for the Wearin' o' the Green."
So if the color we must wear be England's cruel red
Let it remind us of the blood that Irishmen have shed
And pull the shamrock from your hat, and throw it on the sod
But never fear, 'twill take root there, though underfoot 'tis trod.
When laws can stop the blades of grass from growin' as they grow
And when the leaves in summer-time their color dare not show
Then I will change the color too I wear in my caubeen
But till that day, please God, I'll stick to the Wearin' o' the Green.
Irish Rovers - "The Orange and the Green" (same tune)
Oh, it is the biggest mix-up that you have ever seen.
My father, he was Orange and me mother, she was green.
My father was an Ulster man, proud
Protestant was he.
My mother was a Catholic girl. From
county Cork was she.
They were married in two churches,
lived happily enough,
Until the day that I was born. Then,
things got rather tough. Chorus
by Father Reilly, I was rushed away by car,
To be made a little Orangeman, my
father's shining star.
I was christened "David Anthony," but
still, inspite of that,
To my father, I was William, while my
mother called me Pat. Chorus
Mother every Sunday, to Mass I'd proudly stroll.
Then after that, the Orange lodge
would try to save my soul.
For both sides tried to claim me, but
i was smart because
I'd play the flute or play the harp,
depending where I was. Chorus
day my Ma's relations came round to visit me.
Just as my father's kinfolk were all
sitting down to tea.
We tried to smooth things over, but
they all began to fight.
And me, being strictly neutral, I
bashed everyone in sight.
parents never could agree about my type of school.
My learning was all done at home,
that's why I'm such a fool.
They've both passed on, God rest 'em,
but left me caught between
That awful color problem of the Orange
and the Green. Chorus