[Stan Rogers introduced his song on stage, “I don’t care what your politics are, when our children are dying in the streets, it’s time to put away the guns.” He said he’d never write a political song, but he did and we thank him for it. It is fitting that it be the last on the album as it was the last one he wrote.]
I took back my hand and I showed him the door
No dollar of mine would I part with this day
For fueling the engines of bloody cruel war
In my forefather’s land far away.
Who fled the first Famine wearing all that they owned,
Were called ‘Navigators’, all ragged and torn,
And built the Grand Trunk here, and found a new home
Wherever their children were born.
Their sons have no politics.
None call recall Allegiance from long generations before.
O’this or O’that name just can’t mean a thing
Or be cause enough for to war.
And mean-while my babies are safe in their home,
Unlike their pale cousins who shiver and cry
While kneecappers nail their poor Dads to the floor
And teach them to hate and to die.
It’s those cruel beggars who spurn the fair coin.
The peace for their kids they could take at their will.
Since the day old King Billy prevailed at the Boyne,
They’ve bombed and they’ve slain and they’ve killed.
Now they cry out for money and wail at the door
But Home Rule or Republic, ’tis all of it shame;
And a curse for us here who want nothing of war.
We’re kindred in nothing but name.
All rights and all wrongs have long since blown away,
For causes are ashes where children lie slain.
Yet the damned U.D.I and the cruel I.R.A.
Will tomorrow go murdering again.
But no penny of mine will I add to the fray.
“Remember the Boyne!” they will cry out in vain,
For I’ve given my heart to the place I was born
And forgiven the whole House of Orange
King Billy and the whole House of Orange.
Art by Joanne Colbert
May I keep my mouth shut today and not tell people “pog mo thoin”. Let me allow ignorant non-Irish to pinch me and not punch them. Give me the inspiration and the grace to be a person of peace on this day celebrating a misogynistic, intolerant, old Scottish troll. Help me not be tempted to take the hammer of your forge to the unsuspecting heads of the annoying.
Lady, give me strength of character not bludgeon people with history and let them keep their drunken hysteria.
So mote it be! Lady, please give me peace.
Slainte mhath, h-uile latha, na chi ‘snach fhaic. Slainte!
Good health, every day, whether I see you or not. Health!………The Royal Scots Toast