Collection of Irish Song Lyrics
Wearin' of the Green
"Oh Paddy dear and did you hear the news that's going 'round?
the shamrock is forbid by law to grow on Irish ground
No more St. Patrick's Day to keep his colours can't be seen
there is a cruel law against the wearing of the green"
I met with Napper Tandy and he took me by the hand
and he said, "How's dear old Ireland and how does she stand?"
"She's the most distressful country that you have ever seen
they're hangin' men and women there for wearing of the green"
then if the colour we must wear is England's cruel red
let it remind us of the bood that Ireland has shed
so take the shamrock from your hat and throw it to the sod
and never fear will take root there tho under foot it's trod
when the law can stop the blades of grass from growing as they grow
and when the leaves of summertime their verdure dare not show
well it's then I'll change the colour that I wear in my corbeen
but till that time praise God I'll keep to wearing of the green