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When on the road to sweet Athy,
Hurroo Hurroo
When on the road to sweet Athy,
Hurroo Hurroo
When on the road to sweet Athy
A stick in the hand, A drop in the eye
A doleful damsel I heard cry
Johnny I hardly knew ya

Where are the eyes that looked so mild,
Hurroo Hurroo
Where are the eyes that looked so mild,
Hurroo Hurroo
Where are the eyes that looked so mild
When my poor heart you first beguiled
Why did ya run from me and the child
Johnny I hardly knew ya

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We had guns and drums and drums and guns,
Hurroo Hurroo
We had guns and drums and drums and guns,
Hurroo Hurroo
We had guns and drums and drums and guns
The enemy never slew ya
Johnny I hardly knew ya

Where are the legs with which you run,
Hurroo Hurroo
Where are the legs with which you run,
Hurroo Hurroo
Where are the legs with which you run,
When first you went to carry a gun
Indeed your dancing days are done
Johnny I hardly knew ya

[Chorus]

You haven't an arm, you haven't a leg,
Hurroo Hurroo
You haven't an arm, you haven't a leg,
Hurroo Hurroo
You hadn't an arm, you hadn't a leg
You're a armless, boneless, chickenless egg
You'll have to be put with the bowl to beg
Johnny I hardly knew ya

[Chorus]

I'm happy for to see ya home,
Hurroo Hurroo
I'm happy for to see ya home,
Hurroo Hurroo
I'm happy for to see ya home
From the isle of Ceylon
Johnny I hardly knew ya

[Chorus]



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    UnregisteredFeb 23, 2012 at 8:24 pm
    Its a word for word cover of an old irish anti-war song song, the war in this case when the british east india company took over sri lanka in the kandyan wars, primarily by using irish soldiers. Its about guys fighting for nothing for corporate interests and coming home to be crippled beggars.
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    UnregisteredFeb 5, 2012 at 7:47 am
    This happens to ya when ya chose to follow a banner (no matter the symbol of that banner) and not your heart. The generals and politicians will tell ya its about fighting for freedom, when its rather fighting for someone elses money. Those who speak of the importance of sacrifice are never willing to sacrifice themselves, or their own sons. Its always someone else, someone easily fooled, who have to pay the price.
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    UnregisteredJun 13, 2012 at 8:58 pm
    I think it's about a woman who lost her love to the war. He left his family to fight and was lost to it.
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    UnregisteredMar 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm
    My half johnny died. He had guns n drums and drums n guns, i hardly knew him but i loved him.
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    UnregisteredJul 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm
    Sygnwmmh pou tha to pw alla pisteyw pws otan tha airxzei na roufianeyei to ena katasthma to allo tote tha thymithoume oti yparxei o nomos kai proswpika den me endiaferei an tha plhrwsei prostimo kai o ka8e foukaras. Sthn agglia pou phga o nomos tirotan aysthrotata me ekseresh ston kanona otan phga na parakolou8isw agwna podosfairou 2as katigorias pou sto hmixrono mazeftike o olos o kosmos pisw stis toualetes tou ghpedou, gia na arpaksei mia psilh kai pou tote hr8an oi astynomikoi kai piasane 3 foukariarides. Meta apo liges meres apo ekeinh thn eksodo bghkame se ena oikogeniako restaurant kai otan 8elame na kapnisoume anagastikame na bgoume ekso sthn broxh parepiptrontos h 76xronh giagia pou kapnize ekatse mesa sthn broxh kai sto kryo mono kai mono gia ena tsigaro, oso na nai ayth h eikona mou ebgale ena parapono tha to thesw allios briskomaste etos 2009 kodeyoume abdoksa to 8eobb 2010 zoume se ena kosmo pou o an8rwpinos o organismos dexetai bombardismous apo ka8e loghs ripogones ousies, den 8a milisw me paradeigmata, h moda tou tsigarou perase hr8e h moda tou kinhtou pou akoma den exoume dei ta apotelesmata kai tis epiptwseis pou 8a exei ston an8rwpo. Einai eyraios gnwstos oi epiptwseis tou tsigarou ston an8rwpo to blepoume kai statistika ksexasate mhpws tis abetiketesbb anagrafomenes panw sta paketa twn tsigarwn;pou sou ypen8imizoun oti to kapnisma blaptei sovara esas kai tous gyrw sas? Statistikes ereynes se olh thn eyrwph elegan pws meta apo ayto to symvan se polles xwres meiw8ike h katanalwsh, sthn ellada omws? Alimono! Isa isa, to adi8eto me to na exoume aykshsh ths katanalwshs tou tsigarou to metro ayto loipon htan monodromo. Kapou phre to ayti mou oti o nomos isxye apo poly paliotera mono pou den eixe ginei praksh , sthn ellada toulaxistwn. Pisteyw pws einai thema sinidishs pleon kai an gia proswpika san Παυλο, pisteyw pws prepei na luf8oun diaforetika metra gia to tsigaro efoson ta twrina metra bainoun sthn plhrh apotyxia den 8elw na to pw alla kai pali einai 8ema paidias ayta apo mena kalo sas brady!

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