Lyrics to the song "The Minstrel Boy"
Again, one of my favorite songs and tunes. I even use it as my primary ringer on my cell phone. This song is heard as a recurring song in the movie "The Rough Riders" with Tom Beringer as Teddy Roosevelt. This is the best movie ever done about the Spanish-American War and if you're a history buff and adventure movie buff, you have got to see this one. Here also, is the site with the tune for the song. When you go to the site click on "Melody". http://ingeb.org/songs/theminst.html
The Minstrel Boy
The minstrel boy to the war is gone,
In the ranks of death you'll find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;
"Land of Song!" cried the warrior bard,
"Tho' all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy right shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!"
The Minstrel fell! But the foeman's steel
Could not bring that proud soul under;
The harp he lov'd ne'er spoke again,
For he tore its chords asunder;
And said "No chains shall sully thee,
Thou soul of love and brav'ry!
Thy songs were made for the pure and free
They shall never sound in slavery!
US Civil War verse
The minstrel boy will return, we pray,
When we hear the news we all will cheer it.
The minstrel boy will return one day,
Torn perhaps in body, not in spirit.
Then may he play on his harp in peace,
In a world such as Heaven has intended,
For all the bitterness of man must cease,
And every battle must be ended