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The song is an Irish Rebel song, originally written by John Lennon shortly after the events of Bloody Sunday on Sunday, the thirtieth of January, 1972. Near Cable Street in the Bogside area of Derry, a peaceful Civil Rights protest took place to try to get the Irish the same rights in Northern Ireland as the English had and to stop them from being classed as Second-Class citizens. However, the British army met with them in the city centre and fired at them. Twenty eight were shot and thirteen were killed (another died months later from his injuries), out of the thirteen, nine were under the age of eighteen. However, the British army got away with this, and the government never admitted that they were in the wrong until recently, when David Cameron admitted that it was their fault. Before that, there was an inquiry into the events, yet it was dropped off. Another inquiry, the Saville inquiry, took place in the late nineties and found the soldiers responsible for their actions, as they were ordered to shoot those who could be a threat, but had no right to shoot the protesters. Bloody Sunday was a sad day in Irish history, and left many Irishmen in mourning. However, it means a lot to me, and I'm sure many Irishmen, that this tragedy has not been forgotten and that the government have at least admitted that it was their fault and apologised.
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You claim to be majority
But you know that it's a lie
You're really a minority
On this sweet emerald isle
When Stormont bans our marches
They've got a lot to learn
Internment is no answer
It's those mothers' turn to burn
In Northern Ireland, the Loyalists (Those who want the North to belong to England) claim that there are more of them, so they should have their way. (Despite there being a Catholic majority) However, they know that it's a lie, because in truth they're a minority compared to the rest of Ireland, which is filled with Catholic Nationalists. The Government of Northern Ireland, Stormont, tried to ban the Civil Rights Marches, such as the one that took place on Bloody Sunday. However, the singer claims that they can't silence freedom of speech. The British then enforced "Internment", which was when the State had the right to arrest anyone under suspicion of any crime without any proof or trial. The British then used this to arrest any protesters, but now it's their turn to suffer!
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Well, it was Sunday, Bloody Sunday
When they shot those people there
The cries of thirteen martyrs
Filled the Free Derry air
Is there any one among you
Dare to blame it on the kids?
Not a soldier boy was bleeding
When they nailed the coffin lids
On the Thirtieth of January, 1972, near Cable Street in the Bogside of Derry, thousands of men, women and children had gathered to protest for Civil Rights, so that the Irish could have the same privileges as the English in Northern Ireland. However, what started out as a peaceful protest quickly changed, as twenty-eight people were shot at by the British soldiers. Out of these twenty-eight, thirteen were killed (Another died four months later from the wounds) and out of the thirteen dead, nine were under eighteen. Despite the horror of this, the British government refused to admit they did anything wrong and tried to blame it on the protesters, with claims that they were carrying weapons and bombs, despite the fact that not a single soldier was killed on that day.
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A bhuíon nach fann d'fhuil Ghaeil is Gall
Sin breacadh lae na saoirse
Tá sceimhle 's scanradh i gcroíthe námhad
Roimh ranna laochra ár dtíre
Ár dtinte is tréith gan spréach anois
Sin luisne ghlé sa spéir anoir
'S an bíobha i raon na bpiléar agaibh
Seo libh, canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann
"A blood that is Gaeil and not foreign,
That dawn of freedom.
There is fear and terror in our enemies hearts,
Before our country's heroes' legions.
Our campfires are now without sparks,
The clear glow in the sky from the East,
And the criminals range of bullets towards you,
Come and sing the Soldier's Song!"
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Cois bánta réidhe, ar ardaibh sléibhe
Ba bhuadhach ár sinsir romhainn
Ag lámhach go tréan fén sárbhrat séin
'Tá thuas sa ghaoth go seolta
Ba dhúchas riamh dár gcine cháidh
Gan iompáil siar ó imirt áir
'S ag siúl mar iad i gcoinne námhad
Seo libh, canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann
"By level greens, on a rising mountain,
Our ancestors should be triumphant by us.
By strong firing, under that flag,
It's up and blowing in the wind.
Our race will always be native,
without turning back from a massacre,
and as they walk against enemies,
Come and sing a Soldier's Song!"
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Sinne Fianna Fáil,
atá faoi gheall ag Éirinn,
Buíon dár slua
thar toinn do ráinig chughainn,
Faoi mhóid bheith saor
Seantír ár sinsear feasta,
Ní fhágfar faoin tíorán ná faoin tráill.
Anocht a théam sa bhearna baoil,
Le gean ar Ghaeil, chun báis nó saoil,
Le gunna scréach faoi lámhach na bpiléar,
Seo libh canaídh amhrán na bhfiann
"We Warriors of Fál, (Fál being Ireland, sometimes translated as Soldiers of Destiny)
who've been pledged to Ireland.
Our soldiers join us,
from across the waves to us.
Under vow to be free,
The old land of our fathers,
won't be left under the tyrant or the slave.
Tonight we man the Bearna Baoil,
For the love of Gaels, come death or life,
The guns scream under firing bullets,
Come and sing the Soldier's Song!"
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Seo dhíbh, a chairde, duan Ógláigh
Caithréimeach bríomhar ceolmhar
Ár dtinte cnámh go buacach táid
'S an spéir go mín réaltógach
Is fonnmhar faobhrach sinn chun gleo
'S go tiúnmhar glé roimh thíocht don ló
Fé chiúnas chaomh na hoíche ar seol
Seo libh, canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann
"We'll sing, friends, about Volunteers (dissidents),
Strong musical triumphants,
Around our bonfire, we are cheerful,
And the sky is smooth with stars.
We are eager and keen to fight,
and ready for the coming of the day.
Under the silence of night we are sent,
Come and sing the Soldier's Song."
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Sons of the Gael, men of the Pale,
Our long watched day is breaking!
The serried ranks of Inisfáil,
Shall set the tyrant quaking!
Our campfires now are burning low,
See in the East a silv'ry glow,
Out yonder waits the Saxon foe,
So chant a Soldier's Song
The Gaels are the term for original Irish (and also the Scottish and Manx) settlers who went to Ireland, thus making us the Sons of the Gael. Whereas the Pale was a place in the East of Ireland, around Leinster, which was directly under the control of the English. So the song is telling the men of the Pale to rise up against the English. Inisfáil, or The Isle of Fál, is one of the ancient names for Ireland. Then it tells the Irish dissidents to go towards the East, where the English reside, and fight against them.
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In valley green, on towering crag,
Our fathers fought before us,
And conquered 'neath the same old flag
That's proudly floating o'er us.
We're children of a fighting race,
That never yet has known disgrace,
And as we march, the foe to face,
We'll chant a soldier's song
The official Irish National Anthem only has the first verse and the chorus as the National Anthem, however, two other verses have still been written. This one shows how the Irish people's ancestors have fought years before them, under the same Irish flag, and have always been fighting for Ireland. So, the singer is trying to show how the Irish people have always been fighting, and are thus born fighters, and we should show no fear as we march to face the enemy in battle.
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Soldiers are we
Whose lives are pledged to Ireland;
Some have come
From a land beyond the wave.
Sworn to be free,
No more our ancients Ireland
Shall shelter the despot or the slave.
Tonight we man the Bearna Baoil
In Erin's cause, come woe or weal
'Mid cannons roar and rifles peal,
We'll chant a soldier's song
The song is trying to tell the Irish people to join the fight and help end the terror of the English rule; despot (English monarch) or the slave (Irish peasant). They also mention the support from Irish Americans and Irishmen from over the sea, and even countries in Europe, with "Some have come from a land beyond the wave." Bearna Baoil is Irish for the gap of danger, showing how they'll cross any path and do anything "In Erin's (Ireland) cause".
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We'll sing a song, a soldier's song,
With cheering rousing chorus,
As round our blazing fires we throng,
The starry heavens o'er us;
Impatient for the coming fight,
And as we wait the morning's light,
Here in the silence of the night,
We'll chant a soldier's song
The song is about a dissident singing of how excited they are to fight in the Anglo-Irish war. The song was written in 1907 and was written to raise the morale of the rebels who would go on to fight. It was used as a marching song by the Irish Volunteers. This verse is describing a scene where a group of dissidents are sat near a campfire on a clear night and are awaiting the morning, where they'll fight for Ireland. They're so excited that they're singing a Soldier's Song.
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Oh, come out ye 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 I.R.A.
Made you run like Hell away,
From the green and lovely lanes of Killeshandra
The Black and Tans were a British force in Ireland formed in 1919. After the end of the first world war, a lot of men didn't have any abilities other than fighting, and so were invited by Winston Churchill to join an army that specialised in keeping the Irish rioters at bay, so Stephen Behan is telling them to show off to their wives how they won medals down in Flanders, where the first world war was fought. The reason he says "fight me like a man" is because the Black and Tans were never closely checked by the British, and so they took this to their advantage by committing a lot of crimes in Ireland at the time, by taking advantage of women, stealing, and at one time burning down the city of Cork and showing off about it by wearing bits of burnt cork (the lid of wine bottles) in their caps. The Irish Republican Army, or IRA, were then created to retaliate against the Black and Tans, and knocked them away from Killeshandra, where the IRA first started.
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I was born on a Dublin street,
Where the loyal drums do beat,
And those loving English feet they walked all over us,
And each day and every night,
When me Da would come home tight,
He'd invite the neighbours outside with this chorus
The song was originally written by Dominic Behan, a famous Irish singer-songwriter and Republican. Dominic was also the son of Stephen Behan, who was a committed Irish Republican. When Dominic was born in Dublin, in the late 1920's, the streets were filled with British soldiers marching and beating their "Loyalist" or "Unionist" drums, whilst the English walked all over them as if they were nothing. And he recalls when his father Stephen would come home drunk, he'd go outside and shout out to the neighbours and Loyalists the following chorus:
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Rage a the worse thing you will see,
Oh, dem set duppy 'pon me.
Buss, shot in the head arrogantly.
Fool
He's saying that his rage is the worst thing you could possibly see, so it's best if you don't anger him. Then he says how somebody's sent a "Duppy" or "Ghost" upon him. So he shoots the person who's called the hit in the head, and does so with no remorse because he's angry. Then he calls him a fool for trying to pull that sort of thing.
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Try don't let your luck get run out, when the demons come for your soul when the devil send me
He's telling you try not to let your luck run out, because he and his demons are sent from Satan to get your soul for him. In other words, you're going to need your luck when you're in front of Lucifer.
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Buss boy head a dem gate daily, in front pastor, school pickney
Tommy Lee Sparta will blow out your head even if you're in front of a gate, or if you're in front of a pastor or a little kid.
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Diss me now and if nor supposed,
Send me dead friend dem come shoot you in a crowd,
And don't try run in case you will get ghost
If you diss him (talk badly about him behind his back) then he'll send one of his dead friends (or ghosts) to shoot even in a crowd, so you can't hide. Also, you shouldn't attempt to run away from him because his ghosts will still find you.
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Man will send one of me demon gyal from Sparta, come suck off your cock and murder you
Tommy Lee Sparta is saying literally how he'll send one of his female "Demons", or his crew from "Sparta" to murder you in a freaky and hardcore way.
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Say dem a killer and nobody nuh heard a dem,
Tough chat, like you want man afraid a you
Those guys are saying that they're killers, but nobody has heard of them because they have no reputation for doing hardcore stuff like that. It's all hard talk, because they want people to be afraid of them.
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Enough boy just a lip dem suck pussy mouth,
We no born with no fear around here,
We no born with no fear around here
Tommy Lee Sparta is saying "Enough boys" to the people who are giving him empty threats, and that they can go "suck p*ssy mouth", because him and his gang aren't born with any fear from where they come from.
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Sparta, send some cyanide, and bout 2 drum a gunpowder
Someone is telling Tommy Lee Sparta to send some cyanide, and about two drums of gunpowder over to them.

So it's showing how Tommy Lee Sparta has got music so hardcore that it's able to poison people and light things on fire.
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Boy dem a flip, me ratchet, me will push to your chest, me will shoot one a dem 'bout you
By "dem a flip" he means that they're going mad with him. "me ratchet" is his knife, which he will push to your chest and stab you, then shoot one of the people with you.
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Me no knew about dem but me knew about me.
A Gaza we run 'bout you
Tommy Lee didn't know about them, but he knew about himself. The "Gaza run 'bout you" is the same as above, where he says how Gaza will run about you if you mess with him.
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Gaza run 'bout you
Fool
"Gaza will run about you."

Gaza, founded by Vybz Kartel, are Tommy Lee Sparta's gang and Tommy Lee claims that Sparta control everything, so his crew will run about you if you mess with him.
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Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmm
Man Psycho
In most of Tommy Lee Sparta's songs, he says "Hmm" at some point, as an adlib. As for "Man Psycho", he's saying that his crew, or gang, are "psycho" and you shouldn't mess with them.
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A Tommy Lee me a talk from me heart with bare badness back a that
"I'm Tommy Lee. And I talk from my heart, with bare badness to back it up."

Whereas, Tommy Lee Sparta has actually got "Bare badness", or is hardcore, so he talks from his heart and will be truthful to his word. If he threatens somebody, he'll carry it out.
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Dem nuh bad, act dem a act,
Talk dem a talk, dem a chat
"They don't have the bad act, they just act and talk, they're all talk and they chat."

What Tommy Lee Sparta is saying here is that the people who threaten him, so called "Gangsters", aren't actually that hardcore. They're all bark and no bite. So, all they do is talk about going after him but they don't have the balls to actually do so.
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I was soaring ever higher,
But I flew too high
At the time of writing this song, the band were in trouble, as their last album had failed commercially and they weren't getting any of their songs on the radio. So they had to write a song to get them out of the financial mess they were in, but they had been struck with Writer's Bloc (the inability to come up with a song). So, the way they say how they were "soaring ever higher but flew too high" could be because they hadn't a care in the world as they were famous, but once their fame ran out that they had flown to high.
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Once I rose above the noise and confusion,
Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion
The album before "Leftoverture", the album that Carry on Wayward Son was written for, was "Masque". The last verse in the last song of the album Masque was "I stood where no man goes, above the din (or noise) I rose." So, after rising above the noise and confusion of different religions, claiming to be the correct one, he finally found the religion that he thought was correct and got a glimpse beyond this illusion. http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2452
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Lay your weary head to rest,
Don't you cry no more
When the song says "Lay your weary head to rest, don't you cry no more" it is again a reference to God telling him that once he is finished searching for the correct religion and the meaning of life, that he'll have the answers he was searching for and be happy. He is also saying that the answer will come to him eventually and that the "Wayward son" should stop crying and worrying and should just relax, for God will help him.
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