A great crowd had gathered outside of Kilmainham
With their heads all uncovered, they knelt on the ground
For inside that grim prison lay a brave Irish soldier
His life for his country about to lay down.
He went to his death like a true son of Ireland
The firing party he bravely did face
Then the order rang out, 'Present arms, Fire!'
James Connolly fell into a ready-made grave.
The black flag was hoisted, the cruel deed was over
Gone was the man who loved Ireland so well
There was many a sad heart in Dublin that morning
When they murdered James Connolly, the Irish rebel.
Many years have rolled by since the Irish Rebellion
When the guns of Britannia the loudly did speak
And the bold IRA they stood shoulder to shoulder
And the blood from their bodies flowed down Sackville Street.
God's curse on you England, you cruel hearted monster
Your deeds they would shame all the devils in hell
There are no flowers blooming, but the shamrock is growing
On the grave of James Connolly, the Irish rebel.
The Four Courts of Dublin, the English bombarded
The spirit of freedom, they tried hard to quell
But above all the din, came the cry, 'No Surrender!'
'Twas the voice of James Connolly, the Irish rebel.
God bless all these men
Of the Easter Rebellion
Their deeds and their valor
We remember them well
But when Ireland gains freedom
From county to county
They'll remember James Connolly, the Irish rebel