AN IRISH SONG

COME OUT YE BLACK AND TANS

The tune “Rosc Catha na Mumhan” (Battlecry of Munster) written by Pierce Fitzgerald in the 1700s, was used by Dominic Behan in composing this rebel song.  During the War of Independence, Britain chose to use former soldiers from WWI to be among the auxiliary police force sent to pacify the growing rebellion in Ireland.  In their haste to get this force together, a mixture of dark green RIC and khaki army uniforms outfitted these men.  Hence, they were called the Black and Tans due to their resemblance to the Scarteen Black and Tans, a pack of foxhounds.

(chorus) Oh, come out you black and tans,
Come out and fight me like a man
Show your wife how you won medals down in Flanders
Tell her how the IRA made you run like hell away,
From the green and lovely lanes in Killeshandra.

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IAS Vice President 2012-2013; IAS President 2013-2015; 2016-2017
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