Pat O’Donnell, song

Dan McGonigle, singing in English
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In Newgate’s gloomy prison they dug a narrow grave
And it’s in sleeps O’Donnell the bravest of the brave
From this world he drove a monster that’s numbered with the damned
The beast and brutal Carey disgraced our native land

He was the organiser of the suspect number one
He planned the Dublin murders he led the bloody band
For worldly greed he done the deed his countrymen he sold
Like Judas in the scripture for the Saxon masters gold

For worldly greed he done the deed his countrymen he sold
He sent them to their dreadful doom for a piece of English gold

O’Donnell left his native home when he was very young
To make an honest living in the lands of Washington
As he bade farewell to all his friends he prayed he soon would see
The Saxons driven from Lough Foyle and the green flag waving free

As he lived beneath the Stars and Stripes a spirit upon him shone
‘Till at length he thought he would come back to see his dear old home
He was shaded by detectives as he bid his friends good-bye
Then he started off to Africa his fortune for to try

On board the Melrose Castle from England he set sail
She was a British steam ship she carried the Capetown mail
Among the cabin passengers he met an Irishman
All with his wife and family bound for a distant land

They shook hands and made acquaintance in that real old Irish style
The informer looked suspicious in vain he tried to smile
He seemed as if in trouble or something on his mind
But O’Donnell thought he mourned the loss of those he left behind

Then a thought struck O’Donnell that coward was the man
And face to face on the Melrose the both of them did stand
He rushed up to O’Donnell he swore he’d have his life
When a bullet pierced his treacherous heart in the presence of his wife

They found O’Donnell guilty in the very first degree
I only stood in self-defence against the brute said he
Which brings his wife and family to sorrow grief and shame
They blush with fear and dread to hear their cowardly fathers name

see also   Pat O'Donnell / Maggie McGee   Pat O'Donnell / John Doherty (Denery)   Pat O'Donnell / James Barron   Patrick O'Donnell / Pat Mulhern