The request came in to do one from Irish Pub Songs For The 5-String Banjo Vol 1, so here it is. This time around the Irish Pub Song Of The Day is A Nation Once Again.
This is a great one to play on frailing / clawhammer banjo. Play along and have fun!
When [G]boyhood’s fire was in my blood
I [C]read of [D7]ancient [G]freemen,
Of Greece and Rome who [Em]bravely stood,
Three [A]hundred men and [D7]three men;
And then I prayed I yet might see
Our [Em]fetters rent in [Bm]twain,
And [C]Ireland long a [Am]province [D7]be
[G]A Nation [D7]once [G]again.
A nation once [C]again,
A [Am]nation once [D7]again,
And [G]Ireland, long a [C]province [D7]be
A [G]Nation [D7]once [G]again.
And from that time, through wildest woe, That hope has shown a far light,
Nor could love’s brightest summer glow Outshine that solemn starlight;
It seemed to watch above my head In forum, field and fame,
Its angel voice sang round my bed, A Nation once again.
It whisper’d too, that freedom’s ark, And service high and holy,
Would be profaned by feeling dark And passions vain or lowly;
For, Freedom comes from God’s right hand, And needs a godly train;
And righteous men must make our land A nation once again.
So as I grew from boy to man I bent me to my bidding
The spirit of each selfish plan And cruel passions ridding
For thus I hoped some day to aid Oh, can such hope be vain?
When my dear country shall be made A nation once again.