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Gary Owen
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Garry Owen was the unofficial marching song of the Seventh Cavalry.
Gen. Custer reportedly heard the song among his Irish troop and liked it.
The tune was then played so often the 7th became tied to it.
The tune is first documented as Auld Bessy in 1788. It was later (1800) in
the opera Harlequin Amulet (the Majic of Mona). About that time it was
attributed to "Jackson of Cork" by a book of Country Dances by William
Campbell. It also appeared in part two (1802) of Nathaniel Gow's four
volume Complete Repository of the Original Scotch Slow Tunes.
Let Bacchus’ sons be not dismayed,
But join with me each jovial blade,
Come booze and sing, and lend your aid,
To help me with the chorus.

Chorus;
Instead of spa we’ll drink down ale,
And pay the reck’ning on the nail,
No man for debt shall go to jail,
For Garryowen in glory.

We are the boys that take delight in,
Smashing the Limerick lights when lighting
Through the streets like sporters fighting,
And clearing all before us.

(chorus)

We’ll break windows, we’ll break down doors
The watch knock down by threes and fours,
Then let the doctors work their cures
And tinker up out bruises.

(chorus)

We’ll beat the bailiffs out of fun,
We’ll make the Mayor and Sheriffs run,
We are the boys no man dares dun,
If he regards a whole skin.

(chorus)

Our hearts so stout have got us fame,
For soon t’is known from whence we came
Where we go they dread the name
Of Garry Owen in glory.
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