Johnson’s motor car, song

James McDaid, singing in English
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It’s down by a corner one morning I did stray
I met another rebel bold and this to me did say
We have orders from the captain to assemble at Dunbar
But how are we to reach Dungloe without a motor car

Oh Barney dear be of good cheer and I’ll tell you what we’ll do
The Black and Tans have plenty guns although we have but few
We’ll wire up to Stranorlar before we walk so far
And we’ll give the boys a jolly ride on Johnson’s motor car

When Barney got the wire he soon pulled on his shoes
He says this case is urgent boys there’s little time to lose
He wore a fancy caster hat and on his breast a star
You could hear the din going through Glenfin on Johnson’s motor car

When he came to the Reelin Bridge he met some rebels there
He knew the game was up with him so at them he did stare
He says I’ve got a permit lads for travelling out so far
You can keep your English permit lads sure we want your motor car

They put the car in motion and filled it to the brim
With guns and bayonets shining and Johnson he did grin
When Barney raised his Sinn Fein flag sure they shot off like a star
And they gave three cheers for freedom then on Johnson’s motor car