Follow Me Up to Carlow – lyrics and chords

The lyrics to Follow Me Up to Carlow were written by P J McCall in the late 19th century – a good 200 years after the events the song describes.

Follow Me Up to Carlow
Fiach Mac Hugh O’Byrne
Story explained
Fiach MacHugh has given the word
Battle of Glenmalure
Follow Me up to Carlow Videos

The tune is reputed to have been played as a marching tune the pipers of Fiach McHugh, the hero featured in the lyrics.

The composer is unknown, but the tune was collected by McCall who heard it being played by musicians in County Wexford in Ireland. The song had largely fallen out favour and was in danger of being forgotten before it was revived and made popular by the Irish band Planxty in the 1970s.

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Planxty play Follow Me Up to Carlow D minor. It’s given here in E minor but you can use our chord converter to transpose it to different keys.

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Em 
Lift Mac Cahir Og your face,
G 
Brooding o’er the old disgrace
 
That  
Em 
black Fitzwilliam stormed your place
 
And drove you  
D 
to the  
Em 
Fern.
Em 
Gray said victory was sure,
G 
Soon the firebrand he’d secure
 
Un
Em 
til he met at Glenmalure,
 
Fiach  
D 
Mac Hugh O'
Em 
Byrne.
Chorus
 
Bm 
Curse and swear, Lord Kildare,
D 
Fiach will do what Fiach will dare.
Bm 
Now Fitzwilliam have a care,
D 
Fallen is your  
Em 
star 
 
low.
Bm 
Up with halbert, out with sword,
D 
On we go for by the Lord
Bm 
Fiach Mac Hugh has given his word:
D 
Follow me up to  
Em 
Carlow.

See the swords of Glen Imayle
Flashing o’er the English Pale
See all the children of the Gael,
Beneath O’Byrne’s banners
Rooster of the fighting stock,
Would you let an English cock
Crow out upon an Irish rock,
Fly up and teach him manners.

Chorus

From Tassagart to Clonmore
Flows a stream of Saxon Gore.
Great is Rory Og O’More
At sending loons to Hades.
White is sick and Lane is fled,
Now for black Fitzwilliam’s head
We’ll send it over, dripping red,
To Liza and her ladies.

Chorus

Follow Me Up to Carlow
Fiach Mac Hugh O’Byrne
Story explained
Fiach MacHugh has given the word
Battle of Glenmalure
Follow Me up to Carlow Videos
Lyrics and chords

Follow Me Up to Carlow lyrics and chords print version

[Em]Lift Mac Cahir Og your face, brooding o’er the [G]old disgrace
That [Em]black Fitzwilliam stormed your place and drove you [D]to the [Em]Fern.
Gray said victory was sure, [ soon the firebrand [G]he’d secure
Un[Em]til he met at Glenmalure, Fiach [D]Mac Hugh O'[Em]Byrne

Chorus

[Bm]Curse and swear, Lord Kildare, [D]Fiach will do what [Em]Fiach will dare
[Bm]Now Fitzwilliam have a care, [D]fallen is your [Em]star low
[Bm]Up with halbert, out with sword, [D]on we go for by the Lord
[Bm]Fiach Mac Hugh has given his word: [D] Follow me up to [Em]Carlow

See the swords of Glen Imayle flashing o’er the English Pale
See all the children of the Gael, beneath O’Byrne’s banners
Rooster of the fighting stock, would you let an English cock
Crow out upon an Irish rock, fly up and teach him manners

Chorus

From Tassagart to Clonmore flows a stream of Saxon Gore
Great is Rory Og O’More at sending loons to Hades.
White is sick and Lane is fled, now for black Fitzwilliam’s head
We’ll send it over, dripping red, to Liza and her ladies

Follow Me Up to Carlow
Fiach Mac Hugh O’Byrne
Story explained
Fiach MacHugh has given the word
Battle of Glenmalure
Follow Me up to Carlow Videos
Lyrics and chords

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