Brian Boru

Words: Morgana bro Morganwyg
Music: Raven Banner by Peregrynne Windrider

They stood on the rocky Irish coast
And watched the sea with wary eyes
The first man to see the dragon prow
Takes horse and warning cries.

The King rears up and takes his sword
Calls warriors to his side
"The Northman who first sets foot ashore
Will be the first to die!"

The northmen swarmed from the dragon ships
Rich in steel and their banners bright
The Irishmen formed around their King
And, singing, they went to fight.

The plain as red as the rising sun
Both sides' blood stained the ground
The Irish fought for their land and King
And pulled the raven down.

But Northern hearts do not fear the blade
And their victory lost but still they stand
They call on the gods of the warrior north
And die on Irish land.

But even the Northmen finally turn
The dragons run to sea
The King of the Irish, standing yet
Has his own victory.

With hair as red as the setting sun
Brian Boru tells warriors brave
"I live and the way to the Irish crown
Leads only to the grave.

Whoe'er may come across the sea
Will find the Irish spear
Held by men unafraid to die
Who'll teach them how to fear."

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