The Makem & Spain Brothers: The Tradition Continues
Back to song list


Our troop was made ready at the dawn of the day
From lovely Enniskillen, they were marching us away
They put us then onboard a ship to cross the raging main
To fight in bloody battle in the sunny land of Spain

Fare thee well Enniskillen, Fare thee well for awhile
And all around the borders of Erin's green isle
And when the war is over, we'll return in full bloom
And you'll all welcome home your Enniskillen Dragoons

Oh, Spain it is a gallant land where wine and ale flow free
There's lots of lovely women there to dandle on your knee
And often in a tavern there, we'd make the rafters ring
When every soldier in the house would raise his glass and sing


We fought for Ireland's glory there and many a man did fall
From musket and from bayonet and from thundering cannonball
And many a foeman we laid low amid the battle throng
And as we prepared for action, you would often hear this song


Well, now the fighting's over and for home we have set sail
Our flag above this lofty ship is fluttering in the gale
They've given us a pension boys of fourpence each a day
And when we reach Enniskillen, never more we'll have to say



- New Verses by Tommy Makem
Feb. 7, 1963