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Joe Offer Lyr/Chords: The Men Behind the Wire (McGuigan) (16) ADD Version: The Men Behind the Wire (McGuigan) 16 Apr 19

(Paddy McGuigan??)

Armoured cars and tanks and guns
Came to take away our sons,
But every man will stand behind
The men behind the wire.

1. Through the little streets of Belfast,
In the dark of early morn
British soldiers came marauding,
Wrecking little homes with scorn.
Heedless of the crying children,
Dragging fathers from their beds,
Beating sons while helpless mothers
Watch the blood flow from their heads.

2. Not for them a judge and jury,
Nor indeed a crime at all.
Being Irish means they're guilty,
So we're guilty one and all.
Round the world the truth will echo,
Cromwell's men are here again,
England's name again is sullied
In the eyes of honest men.

3. Proudly march behind our banner
Where we stand behind our men.
We will have them free to help us
Build a Nation Once Again.
On the people step together
Proudly, firmly on your way.
Never fear and never falter
Till the boys come home to stay.

Chorus twice

Source: Songs of Struggle and Protest, edited by John McDonnell, Mercier Press (1979) - #43, page 104.

Author Paddy McGuigan (The Barleycorn) - according to the post from Brendy above.

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