Those men of yesterday

      Those Men of Yesterday         December 1984

What's so special with the sash around your neck and the old skin drum that you bang?
When you're out there walking with the bible in your hand, in Gods name you say you march
I've got news for you and your orange crew, loyalists living in Ireland are quite untrue
With Whitehall on their mind, and hatred in their heart, and fear of being Irish near at hand
When war was around, no loyalists could be found, to play the part they sang for many years
To protect the king and Crown, to put the Germans down no uniform proud the loyalists wore
They became Irish overnight, played no part in Britain's fight, no way we'll join the crown, it's really not our fight
No drum did beat, no song was sung, they waited till the English fight was won
With their sashes tucked away, and their drums that did not play
Those loyal men, not loyal now, those men of yesterday
When the battle was finally over, and the Germans fought no more, those loyal men did rise to fight again
We'll protect the King and crown, the foe we'll put them down, no man will stand against us, our country proud and strong
On the 12th day of July, with their orange sash they came, and the old skin drum did bang again
With medals on their chest, and tales to beat the best, those loyal men did march with head held high
I watched those heroes marching, with their sashes and their drums, and I wondered what would happen if the day ever comes
If my country was engaged in war when Irish men were needed, to make a stand for Ireland, to protect the emerald shore
Just like before, those loyal men, with their sashes and their drums, would make their choice and make it quick, no different than before.

                                              Gerrard McGeachy

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