DESCRIPTION: "Townsmen and countrymen we're Irishmen all." "Faithful to Erin we answer her call ... True-hearted Irishmen Irishmen all." "Ready are we as our fathers before us To strike for our glory we're Irishmen all"
EARLIEST DATE: 1951 (MUNFLA-Leach)
KEYWORDS: war Ireland nonballad patriotic
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
Leo Martin, "Irishmen All" (on MUNFLA-Leach)
NOTES [92 words]: This obviously sounds like an Irish song. But the population of Newfoundland was about half English Protestants, half Irish Catholics. So it would make sense in a Newfoundland context too -- perhaps even more than in Ireland, because the people of Newfoundland often supported Britain in its wars. The mention of "Townsmen and countrymen" is perhaps reminiscent of Newfoundland's division into "townies" (residents of St. John's) and "baymen" (everyone else).
For a song about the problems between baymen and townies, see "Mussels in the Corner." - RBW
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