“Our hearts so stout have brought us fame
for soon 'tis known from whence we came
where e'er we go they dread the name
of Garryowen in glory”

US 7th Cavalry Association

Club Songs

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The word garryowen is derived from Irish, the proper name Eóin (an Irish form of John) and the word for garden garrai – thus “Eóin’s Garden”.

The  garryowen song emerged in the late 18th century, when it was a drinking song of rich young roisterers in Limerick. It obtained immediate popularity in the British Army through the 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers.  It later became the marching tune for the American 7th Cavalry Regiment during the late 19th century.

Extract here from They Died with their Boots On”

Hurrah for Garryowen

We won’t go home without it
We’ll dress it up in blue
We won’t go home without it , they’ll kill us if we do
So let the forwards do their duty and the backs will follow up
And home to Limerick we’ll bring the Munster cup.

Chorus
Hurrah, Hurrah, Hurrah for Garryowen
Hurrah for Thomandgate
There stands the Treaty stone
Oh we never will deny it nor we never will disown
The city of the violated Treaty

When William saw what he had done
To Killaloe he fled
And left the sons of Limerick to guard and bury their dead
Soon after he returned with victory on his head
To the city of the violated Treaty.

Chorus
Hurrah, Hurrah, Hurrah for Garryowen
Hurrah for Thomondgate
There stands the Treaty Stone
Oh we never will deny it nor we never will disown
The city of the violated Treaty

We took it by O’Briens bridge
And back by Killaloe
We took it boys, we took it
And dressed it up in blue
So let the forwards do their duty and the backs will follow up
And back to Limerick we’ll bring the Munster cup.

Chorus
Hurrah, Hurrah, Hurrah for Garryowen
Hurrah for Thomondgate
There stands the Treaty stone
Oh we never will deny it nor we never will disown
The city of the violated Treaty

Garryowen Thirds Front Row

I’ll tell you all a story about some lads I know
They’re known throughout the province as the “Garryowen Thirds Front Row”
There’s a little chorus and the chorus you all know
So tell me are you ready, up and under here we go

Chorus
And it’s up and under here we go
Are you ready yes or no
Up and under here we go
It’s the song of the Garryowen Thirds Front Row

There’s a film made in London, it was censored treble X
The sort of film that would shock, one of scandal, lust and sex
Mary Whitehouse saw it and now they’ll never show
A film called “Up and Under” starring the Garryowen Thirds Front Row

Chorus
And it’s up and under here we go
Are you ready yes or no
Up and under here we go
It’s the song of the Garryowen Thirds Front Row

They had trouble in Uganda with President Amin,
They sent an envoy out there with a message from the Queen,
The stay of execution Amin he answered NO
Till a letter was sent from Dooradoyle from the Garryowen Thirds Front Row

Chorus
And it’s up and under here we go
Are you ready yes or no
Up and under here we go
It’s the song of the Garryowen Thirds Front Row

They had trouble on the railways with some of soccer’s fans
I’ve watched them on the terraces, throwing stones, rocks and cans,
They’ve stopped the soccer special, it’s a waste of time I now
For in the end they’ll have to send for the Garryowen Thirds Front Row

Chorus
And it’s up and under here we go
Are you ready yes or no
Up and under here we go
It’s the song of the Garryowen Thirds Front Row

There’s a programme on the telly, I watch it when I can
The story of an astronaut the first bionic man
He cost 6 million dollars, it’s a lot of bread I know
But *** offered more for the Garryowen Thirds Front Row!

Chorus
And it’s up and under here we go
Are you ready yes or no
Up and under here we go
It’s the song of the Garryowen Thirds Front Row

*** insert the team you are playing against

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