Ten [G] years before I [D] saw the light of [G] morning

A comradeship of heroes was [C] laid

From every corner of the world came [D] sailing

The Fifth Inter[C]national Bri[G]gade


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



[C] Viva la Quinta Brigada

"No Pasaran", the [D] pledge that made them [G] fight

"Adelante" is the [D] cry around the [Em] hillside

[C] Let us all [D] remember them [G] 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