Thank You for Hearing Me: The Definitive Sinéad O'Connor Discography

“Irish Ways and Irish Laws”

Composed by John Gibbs

1 version

4:18/4:26

Silent Night” single
Year of the Horse live video
The Value of Ignorance / The Year of the Horse live DVD reissue

Lyrics

(Source: as heard)

Once upon a time there was Irish ways and Irish laws,
Villages of Irish blood waking to the morning,
Waking to the morning.
Then the Vikings came around, turned us up and turned us down,
Started building boats and towns. They tried to change our living.
Tried to change our living.
Cromwell and the soldiers came, started centuries of shame,
But they could not make us turn; we are a river flowing.
We're a river flowing.
Again, again the soldiers came, burnt our houses, stole our grain,
Shot the farmers in their fields, working for a living,
Working for a living.
Eight hundred years we have been down. the secret of the water sound
Has kept the spirit of a man above the pain descending,
Above the pain descending.
Today the struggle carries on. I wonder will I live so long
To see the gates being opened up to a people and their freedom,
A people and their freedom
Once upon a time there was Irish ways and Irish laws,
Villages of Irish blood waking to the morning,
Waking to the morning.

Notes

Recorded live in Holland.

Produced by (none listed)

(Source: Silent Night)

Credits

Recorded live in Holland
Mixed by Chris Birkett

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