James Larkin

Author Unknown

In Dublin City in 1913 the boss was rich and the poor were slaves
The women working and the children hungry then on came Larkin like a mighty wave
The workers cringed when the boss man thundered seventy hours was their weekly chore
They asked for little and less was granted lest getting little they’d asked for more

Then came Larkin in 1913 a labour man with a union tongue
He raised the workers and gave them courage he was their hero and a workers son
On came Larkin in 1913 a mighty man with a mighty tongue
The voice of labour the voice of justice and he was gifted, he was young

It was in August the bosses told us no union man for them could work
We stood by Larkin and told the boss man we’d fight or die but we’d never shirk
Eight months we fought eight months we starved we stood by Larkin through thick and thin
But foodless homes and the crying children broke our hearts and we could not win

When Larkin left us we seemed defeated the night was dark for the working man
Connolly came with new hope and counsel his motto was we’ll rise again
In 1916 in Dublin City the English army burnt our town
Shelled the buildings shot our leaders the harp was buried beneath the crown

They shot McDermott and Pearse and Plunkett they shot McDonagh Ceannt and Clarke the brave
From bleak Kilmanham they took their bodies to Arbour hill to a quicklime grave
Last of all of the seven leaders they shot down James Connolly
The voice of labour the voice of justice gave his life that we might be free