Viva la Quinta Brigada

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Ten years before I saw the light of morning
A comradeship of heroes was laid
From every corner of the world came sailing
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The Fifteenth International Brigade.

They came to stand beside the Spanish people/To try and stem the rising fascist tide
Franco's allies were the powerful and wealthy/Frank Ryan's men came from the other side.

Even the olives were bleeding/As the battle for Madrid it thundered on
Truth and love against the force of evil/Brotherhood against the fascist clan.

Viva la Quinta Brigada
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'No Pasaran', the pledge that made them fight
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'Adelante' is the cry around the hillside
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Let us (all) remember them tonight.

Bob Hilliard was a Church of Ireland pastor/Form Killarney across the Pyrenees he came
From Derry came a brave young Christian Brother/Side by side they fought and died in Spain.

Tommy Woods age seventeen died in Cordoba/With Na Fianna he learned to hold his gun
From Dublin to the Villa del Rio/Where he fought and died beneath the blazing sun.


Many Irishmen heard the call of Franco/Joined Hitler and Mussolini too
Propaganda from the pulpit and newspapers/Helped O'Duffy to enlist his crew.

The word came from Maynooth, 'support the Nazis'/The men of cloth failed again
When the Bishops blessed the Blueshirts in Dun Laoghaire/As they sailed beneath the swastika to Spain.


This song is a tribute to Frank Ryan/Kit Conway and Dinny Coady too
Peter Daly, Charlie Regan and Hugh Bonar/Though many died I can but name a few.

Danny Boyle, Blaser-Brown and Charlie Donnelly/Liam Tumilson and Jim Straney from the Falls
Jack Nalty, Tommy Patton and Frank Conroy/Jim Foley, Tony Fox and Dick O'Neill.


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