Strike Up That Chord

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In faded photo, like a dream,
Drums are beating, trumpets gleam
Playing for the ranks of marching feet
And union banners on the street.

Musicians strike up that chord again
You Union women Union men
That all may hear our clarion cry
And the power of the MUI

Along the street they march so proud
Sounding strong and playing loud
‘The Rebel Girl’ and ‘Union Maid’
‘The Red Flag’ to ‘The White Cockade’

I’ve heard those anthems richly played
By tribunes of the music trade,
The Fed’s name stitched in red and gold,
Their aspirations painted bold.

Orchestras clothed in black and white
Jazz heads jamming through the night
Buskers sing come hail or shine
Trad folk playing line on line

Andy Irvine leads our grand parade
With workers’ songs that never fade
String quartet and gospel choir
Add the passion and the fire

Rock and classic, trad, freelance
Singer, writer, teacher, dance
All our welcome in our throng
To play with us our Union song.


from My Father Told Me, released November 27, 2014
Ciarán Ó Maoiléoin, Aoife Caomhánach, Máire Ní Chróinín, Luke Cheevers, Fergus Russell, Jerry O'Reilly and Steve Byrne.



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