The minstrel boy to the war has gone,
In the ranks of death you'll find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;

"Land of Song!" cried the warrior bard,
(Should) "Tho' all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee! "

The Minstrel fell! But the foeman's chain
Could not bring that proud soul under;
The harp he lov'd ne'er spoke again,
For he tore it's chords asunder;

And said "No chains shall sully thee,
Thou soul of love and brav'ry!
Thy songs were made for the pure and free
They shall never sound in slavery!
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Minstrel Boy Lyrics

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – Minstrel Boy Lyrics

Songwriters: MARTIN SLATTERY, JOE STRUMMER, SCOTT SHIELDS, RICHARD FLACK, TYMON DOGG, LUKE BULLEN, SIMON STAFFORD
Minstrel Boy lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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