Ireland Lyrics - Garth Brooks

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They say mother earth is breathing
With each wave that finds the shore
Her soul rises in the evening
For to open twilight's door
Her eyes are the stars in heaven
Watching o'er us all the while
And her heart it is in Ireland
Deep within the Emerald Isle.

We are forty against hundreds
In someone else's bloody war
We know not why we're fighting
Or what we're dying for
They will storm us in the morning
When the sunlight turns to sky
Death is waiting for its dance now
Fate has sentenced us to die.

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(chorus)
Ireland I am coming home
I can see your rolling fields of green
And fences made of stone.
I am reaching out won't you take my hand
I'm coming home Ireland.

Oh the captain he lay bleeding
I can hear him calling me
"These men are yours now for the leading
Show them to their destiny "
And as I look up all around me
I see the ragged tired and torn
I tell them to make ready
'Cause we're not waiting for the morn.

Ireland I am coming home
I can see your rolling fields of green
And fences made of stone.
I am reaching out won't you take my hand
I'm coming home Ireland.

Now the fog is deep and heavy
As we forge the dark and fear
We can hear their horses breathing
As in silence we draw near
There are no words to be spoken
Just a look to say good-bye
I draw a breath and night is broken
As I scream our battle cry.

Ireland I am coming home
I can see your rolling fields of green
And fences made of stone.
I am reaching out won't you take my hand
I'm coming home Ireland.

Yes I am home Ireland

We Were Forty Against Hundreds.....






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Ireland | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/6/13

I always thought that the song Ireland was about a man in the war that wanted to die who wanted to go back to Ireland that they couldn't win the war because of there size and he finnally goes back to Ireland because he dies

Ireland | Reviewer: Edward | 4/13/13

I don't think the song refers to any one battle but to the Irish military tradition. Irish brigades or units have fought in the armys of Spain, France, Italy, Germany , Holland, Austria, Russia, Japan Australia New Zealand England Scotland Mexico Canada USA Argentina Brazil, Peru Ecuador because they were forced out of their own countries. The navy's of the USA and Argentina were founded by Irish men John Barry USA and William brown Argentina. And the great English general Wellington was Irish. I think the song is a tribute to the Irish and there desire to go home.

Dry stone walling | Reviewer: Billy | 7/2/12

Dry stone walling has been common in the British isles since Neolithic times, England alone has 70,000 miles of it. When the hunter gatherers became farmers they enclosed the land to protect themselves and their animals. In the medieval times common land was enclosed by the land owners for raising sheep, the common people were denied access to this land. It wasn't just Ireland where clearances were made by landlords most of the small tenant farmers in general were driven from the land to make way for the landed gentry and the large estates. The rich ranchers of America fenced off the land in in a similar fashion.

World War One, but no specific battle | Reviewer: Alice | 5/20/12

I always assumed this song referred to the First World War. Many Irish refused to take part in it, seeing it as Britain's war and not Ireland's, but many other Irish did join the British army. Some were conscripted, some joined up because they truly thought it was best for Ireland for the Allies to win, others believed that one good turn deserved another (that is, if Ireland expected anything from Britain, they'd have to give something, too, such as helping in the war). Some of the people who fought in Ireland's War of Independence, against the British, had fought in the British army during the war. So, the soldiers referred to here could be men who thought of themselves as truly Irish, but who were fighting in an English war, and horses were still used during WW1.

Song Origin | Reviewer: George | 7/12/11

When I hear this song, I always think of the scene in Braveheart where Long Shanks sends in the Irish first, with little concern if his archers would injure the Irish ... seeing them as insignificant expandable resources. In that case they are fighting HIS war without really know what it was about. They were "sentenced to die" in that they were sure to be killed in the first wave of the attack.

In that respect, to me the song suggests that they are fighting on foreign soil for someone else's cause knowing they are about to die. Their solace is knowing they are about to return "home" ...

Song Origin | Reviewer: Danny Boy | 3/16/11

I am a scholar of Irish history, music, and culture. I don't believe this song represents any specific engagement by any Irish military unit. The Irish in the American Civil war knew why they were fighting, on both sides they fought for their new nation. In the Mexican American war the Irish on the American side were poorly treated but certainly never "sentenced to die". The Irish under Santa Anna knew why they were fighting, to resist the American oppression of another Catholic nation which resonated with the Irish because they fled English oppression of their Catholic nation. The song is intentionally vague because it represents the courage, valor, and fighting spirit of Irish fighting men throughout history.

Someone else's bloody war | Reviewer: Bob | 10/6/10

I will admit to a certain ignorance concerning Irish history. I have a question for those of celtic descent. Is the word "bloody" as nasty a curse in Ireland as it is in England. When hearing the line "someone else's bloody war" I automatically thought of British conscripts. The British were famous for forcing young men from the countries that they ruled to serve in their army. That would certainly fit into the mood of the song. These 40 men were dragged off to a foreign land to fight for a country they did not love. Thus the use of a British curse to describe their situation.

some one else's bloody war !! | Reviewer: demi | 6/13/10

I love this song, n i am from ireland my self.
I think fighting some one else's war are wrong because they die for no fucking reson n better still if i was alest fightin in someone's war i would want to know what i was fighting and going to die for.
I think they alest deserved to know !!

Battle of Churuburco Mexico | Reviewer: Brian M. | 3/26/10

I have always wanted to know what battle this song refered to and I believe I have it. It was not fought in Ireland, because "fighting someone elses war"; its not the American Civil War beause there was no such battle with only the Irish left defendng themselves and sentenced to death. Also, either side would have given quarter. It was the Mexican War 1846 - 1848 that the Irish that came right off the boat and were given a rifle to fight for America, defected and joined the Mexiacan side, forming the San Particio's. First battles started in Texas (Not far from where Garth was born). The San Patricio fought to the end, and the USA had a death sentence on them if captured. Therefore as the Mexicans would attempt to surrender, the San Patricio would shoot them in order to continue fighting. In the end the Irish were trapped, and fighting hand to hand some were captured. I believe 48 of them. Many of them were then hung right there on the battlefield "fate has sentenced us to die" Other terms like Make Ready is a term to prepare your musket to be fired. Horses coming, the Americans came with calvary.

Ireland | Reviewer: John | 11/17/09

Firstly, There are 'Fences made of stone' in Ireland. Mostly in the west. The reason for this is because when most of the towns etc were build there was so much stone still left it was moved there. Silly but a fact. In the end of song he says "Yes I am home Ireland" and also "we WERE forty" this is because he is now dead and your spirit always goes home. The first verse of this great song could be anywhere on earth apart from the last two lines. The Irish were and are all over the world, not always treated right, not always wrong. But our hearts belong to IRELAND.

Postulating | Reviewer: Tom | 6/13/09

Whenever I hear this song, I always seem to think it follows the tradition of songs like 'Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya' - That is to say, a song about the Irish fighting for the British East India Company in places like Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and India.

The truth is that the East India Company was just one of countless employers of Irish mercenaries and soldiers all over the world. For us History dorks, The Irish are a thoroughly fascinating people - no matter where you come from.

Someone else's war? cont. | Reviewer: Kacey | 10/2/08

I may very well be wrong... but I remember talking in my history class about how when some Irish immigrants came to the US right around the time of our Civil War I believe that they were recruited right off the boats to fight... which would be someone else's war where they dont know what they're even fighting and dying for... could this even be a possibility of what he's talking about in the song... bc I've always wondered too... and it seems like if they were fighting in Ireland against the British they would know know what they were fighitng for and why

To Chris, your review... | Reviewer: Jim Wright | 7/5/08

Chris....your opinion on the "walls of stone" is incorrect. They are not 'old ditches across ireland'...but rather property lines which are used all over Ireland. It was common throughout Irish history, and continues as tradition today not only in Ireland...but throughout the world. Some predominantly Irish towns in America, like Keansburg, NJ...have many property lines with small stone fences displaying the irish tradition.

Great song | Reviewer: Cory | 1/1/08

i have been a pretty big fan of garth brooks pretty much all my life and this is one of my favorite songs he has ever sung. i also have an irish background so this song has a lot of meaning to me.

o yea brian you r completly retarted for the exact same reason chris stated. i admit im not big on history but damn pick up a book once in awhile and maybe next time you won't sound so stupid.

Intense | Reviewer: Katie Devlin | 12/22/07

I have been a soldier for 31 years and am soon retiring. I have just recently heard Garth Brooks singing "Ireland" and find it a timeless statement on the heroic actions and emotions of soldiers in war. Such clarity of voice ... and so haunting a sound. And so intense! I will be sharing it with many friends this Christmas. Thank you for such a wonderful tribute to all soldiers who have fought for causes in support of their country.
Also ... I am stationed at FT Detrick, MD. If you are planning to share your gifts in concert and tour in this area, please let me know and I will surely purchase front row seats!!


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