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Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya’

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Lyrics
(Spoken over guitar instrumental)
In 1847 Ireland was in the midst of a great rebellion
Its sons were being wounded and were dying
For the cause of freedom
Its mothers wrote a song in protest called,
“Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya.”

With guns and drums and drums and guns
Huhroo, huhroo
With guns and drums and drums and guns
Huhroo, huhroo
With guns and drums and drums and guns
The enemy nearly slew ya
My darlin’ John, it’s been so long
Johnny, I hardly knew ya

Tis glad I am to see you’re home
Huhroo, huhroo
Tis glad I am to see you’re home
Huhroo, huhroo
Tis glad I am to see you’re home
My darlin’ John, so pale and worn
So low in cheek and high in bone
Johnny, I hardly knew ya

Where are your legs that used to run
Huhroo, huhroo
Where are your legs that used to run
Huhroo, huhroo
Where are your legs that used to run
When first you went to carry a gun
Johnny, I hardly knew ya

You haven’t an arm and you haven’t a leg
Huhroo, huhroo
You haven’t an arm and you haven’t a leg
Huhroo, huhroo
You haven’t an arm and you haven’t a leg
All you’ve got is a wooden peg
And you’ll have to be put with the poor to beg
Johnny, I hardly knew ya

(Spoken over guitar instrumental)
The sons came home from the war
Wounded and maimed
And soon again sounds of war were heard
And the mothers became more violent in their protest

(Faster tempo)
They’re rollin’ out the guns again
Huhroo, Huhroo
They’re rollin’ out the guns again
Huhroo, Huhroo
They’re rollin’ out the guns again
But they’ll never take our sons again
Johnny, I swear it to ya

With guns and drums and drums and guns
Huhroo, huhroo
With guns and drums and drums and guns
Huhroo, huhroo
With guns and drums and drums and guns
The enemy nearly slew ya
My darlin’ John, it’s been so long
Johnny, I hardly knew ya

Johnny, I hardly knew ya
Johnny, I hardly knew ya
Johnny, I hardly knew ya

(Fade out instrumental)

Traditional: Spoken lyrics ©Jerre R. Haskew, FieryGizzardMusic, BMI;
Arrangement The Cumberland Trio

Tom Kilpatrick: Solo, 1st End Tag Solo & Tenor Vocals, Guitar & Guitar Drum Roll
Jerre Haskew: Spoken and 3rd End Tag Solo & Lead Vocals, Banjo
Andy Garverick: 2nd End Tag Solo & Baritone Vocals, Lead Guitar
Jim Shuptrine: Upright Bass

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