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Follow Me Up to Carlow is an Irish folk song celebrating the defeat of 3,000 English soldiers by Fiach (Feach) McHugh O’Byrne at the Battle of Glenmalure, during the Second Desmond Rebellion in 1580. It is notable as one of the most graphically violent of all Irish folk songs. It has been performed by numerous Irish folk bands, notably Planxty, on their debut album. The air is reputed to have been played as a marching tune by the pipers of Fiach MacHugh O'Byrne in 1580. - Wikipedia
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Follow Me Up to Carlow

by Patrick Joseph McCall
[Dm] Lift MacCahir Óg your face, brooding [C] o’er the [Dm] old disgrace
That black FitzWilliam stormed your place, [Dm] drove you [C] to the [Dm] Fern
[Dm] Grey said victory was sure - Soon the [C] firebrand [Dm] he’d secure
Until he met at Glenmalure with [Dm] Fiach Mac-[C] Hugh O’-[Dm] Byrne.

( Chorus
[Am] Curse and swear Lord Kildare
[C] Fiach will do what Fiach will dare
[Am] Now FitzWilliam, have a care
[C] Fallen is your [Dm] star low
[Am] Up with halberd out with sword
[C] On we’ll go for by the lord
[Am] Feach MacHugh has given the word,
[C] Follow me up to [Dm] Carlow! )

See the swords of Glen Imall, flashing o’er the English Pale
See all the children of the Gael, beneath O’Byrne’s banners
Rooster of a fighting stock, would you let a Saxon cock
Crow out upon an Irish rock- fly up and teach him manners.


From Tassagart to Clonmore, there flows a stream of Saxon gore
Och, great is Rory Óg O’More, sending the loons to Hades.
White is sick and Lane is fled, now for black FitzWilliam’s head
We’ll send it over, dripping red, to Queen Liza and the ladies.