BLACK 47 “The Day They Set Jim Larkin Free”

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Click here to listen to a live recording from Whelan’s in Dublin on November 11, 2006

 

I see what is, i see the way things should be
They made a mistake sending me to jail
Made a worse one setting me free

I see what is, i see the way things should be
Those scabs will regret the day
They set Jim Larkin free.

The sun is blazing, morning’s here
But no light in our eyes
Nothing but fear and apprehension
And their lies

Then down the lane, the big man strides
A force of nature unleashed
And all our doubts dissipate before him
As we follow his lead

I see what is, i see the way things should be
They made a mistake sending me to jail
Made a worse one setting me free

Look up at the stars, throw the light into dark places
You can’t see the heavens above
When you’re down there on your knees

Go on nail me for treason – arrest me for conspiracy
But i know it’s no crime to desire
That my people should be free

‘cause i see what is, i see the way things should be
Those scabs will regret the day
They set Jim Larkin free.

The stars are bleeding, night has come
The city sleeps in tears
Nothing to cling to but each other
Tomorrow, the same fears

The sound of voices in the distance
Messiah is close at hand
Rise up, rise up, my poor afflicted
You too can taste the promised land

I see what is, i see the way things should be
They made a mistake sending me to jail
Made a worse one setting me free

Look up at the stars, throw the light into dark places
You can’t see the heavens above
When you’re down there on your knees

Go on nail me for treason – arrest me for conspiracy
But i know it’s no crime to desire
That my people should be free

‘cause i see what is, i see the way things should be
Those scabs will regret the day
They set Jim Larkin free

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