Black Star Riders Soldierstown

There’s a stranger on the road tonight

On the way to Soldierstown

A stranger with his coat pulled tight

And his collar buttoned down

A stranger every sinner knows

A seasoned man of war

Marching to the fires of hell

Scarred by the cannon’s roar

They know he’s bound for Soldierstown

It’s written on the moon

They’re pulling all the shutters down

Listening fearful of his tune

He’ll sing his song of sixpence

Break his fist upon a door

They know the score in Soldierstown

He’s journeyed here before

There is no choice, no compromise

Give up one of your kin

(Tar a thighearna tar a thi)

To save the other children

To save your bone and skin

Tonight’s the night, you must decide

Which son will stay or go

(Tar a thighearna tar a thi)

The devil rides in Soldierstown

His boots cut through the snow

A shadow falls on windows

Praying that he’ll pass

Listening for the death knell

Of his breath upon the glass

You all must lose a finger

If you wish to save a hand

The stranger chants a mantra

That the townsfolk understand

Now every son and daughter

Has been taken in the night

Condemned they say to slaughter

If they dare to take the fight

It’s midnight out in Soldierstown

There’s a knock upon the door

The youngest pushed out in the snow

To save the other four

You can hear the screams in Belfast town

Or so the story goes

(Tar a thighearna tar a thi)

You can trace the sets of footprints

In the deepest winter snows

There’s nothing here in Soldierstown

Save misery and poain

(Tar a thighhearna tar a thi)

The crops all failed in Soldierstown

They never grew again

The stranger though, misunderstood

Had to come to save their young

To steal them from their poverty

Turn their faces to the sun

To a place where law and love were taught

And peace it overflowed

One night a soulless father

Met the stranger on the road

I’ll fight until one of us dies

He screamed into his face

(Tar a thighhearna tar a thi)

I admire your noble notion

Said the stranger, touched by grace

But first please let me show you

Where the young you gave me play

(Tar a thighhearna tar a thi)

In meadows filled with laughter

Growing wiser by the day

One day your son may save you all

From the hell of Soldierstown

But take him back the stranger cried

His patience wearing down

A stranger came to Soldierstown

When twenty years had passed

Looking for his father

Breathing slowly on the glass…

There is no choice, no compromise

Give up one of your kin

(Tar a thighhearna tar a thi)

To save the other children

To save your bone and skin

Tonight’s the night, you must decide

Which son will stay or go

(Tar a thighhearna tar a thi)

The devil rides in Soldierstown

His boots cut through the snow

You can here the screams in Belfast town

Or so the story goes

(Tar a thighhearna tar a thi)

You can trace the sets of footprints

In the deepest winter snows

There’s nothing here in Soldierstown

Save misery and pain

(Tar a thighhearna tar a thi)

The devil rides in Soldierstown

He’s smiling once again