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Judy Garland – Wearing Of The Green lyrics

Oh, Paddy dear, and did you hear
The news that's going round?
The shamrock is forbid by law
To grow on Irish ground
!
St. Patrick's Day no more we'll keep,
His color can't be seen,
For there's a bloomin' law agin'
The wearing of the green.
I met with Napper Tandy
And he took me by the hand,
And he said, "How's poor old Ireland
And how does she stand? "
"She's the most distressful country
That ever yet was seen;
They're hanging men and women there
For wearing of the green. "

Then since the color we must wear
Is England's cruel red,
Sure Ireland's songs will ne'er forget
The blood that they have shed.
You may take the shamrock from your hat now,
Cast it on the sod,
But 'twill take root and flourish still,
Tho' under foot it's trod.
When the law can stop the blades of green
From growing as they grow,
And when the leaves in summertime
Their verdue dare not show,
Then I will change the color that I
Wear in my canteen;
But 'till that day, please God, I'll stick
To wearing of the green



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    In the 1790s, the revolutionary organisation, the United Irishmen, took to wearing some green item of clothing to indicate their politics. This was considered sedition by the English government of Ireland, and many were jailed for "wearing the green." The street ballad of the title first appeared around 1798. Many variations exist, and it is still fairly popular in Ireland.
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