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Dropkick Murphys – Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya lyrics

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

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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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    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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    It's a song by an Irish woman who meets her former lover. After their illegitimate child was born, the lover ran away and became a soldier. He was badly disfigured, losing his legs, his arms, his eyes fighting on the island of "Sulloon", or Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka). In spite of all this, the woman says, she is happy to see him and will keep him on as her boyfriend.
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