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weerover Lyr Req: Joe Coburn the Boxer (36) Lyr Add: COBURN'S CHALLENGE TO HEENAN 06 Jun 06

There's this one (can't remember where I got it):


You gallant sons of Paddy's land I hope you will draw near
Its of an Irish Champion brave I mean to let you hear,
His name it is Joe Coburn from Erin's fertile shore
He has now challenged Heenan for 10,000 and more.

My friends and fellow countrymen the truth I'll tell to you
To fight an Irishman like myself is a thing I don't wish to do!
But as he denied his country and sold the fight to King,
I must have satisfaction when we go into the ring.

Heenan my boy get ready and do not flinch from me
I'll show you the way that Cooper fell by Daniel Donnelly
Money will not buy me for gold I do not care
I'll fight in defence of Paddy's land and the laurel that I wear.

I came across the seas before for to fight Jemmy Mace,
But the cowardly dog he was afraid an Irishman to face,
I fought the bullt Hellard and made him for to rue
My copper-coloured gentleman I'll do the same to you.

My name it is Joe Coburn, I belong to Armagh town,
I never feared an Englishman, a blackman or a brown
Its true I have fought their best and beat him manfully
I never was bribed by money for to sell my country.

I was trained by that Irish hero they call John Morrissey
Who always fought and conquered for his native country,
He always took old Erin's part to them he ne'er proved untrue
But you dirty dog you have done so for which I'll make you rue.

You deceived your fellow countrymen that bet their gold
And like all other traitors the battle you have sold,
I'll swear by him that made me when we go into the ring
I'll make you think upon the day you sold the fight to King.

Now to conclude and make an end and my pen I will lay down,
Prosperity attend brave Coburn a native of Armagh town
That victory may crown him upon the fighting day,
And soon may the traitor Heenan to his treachery fall a prey.


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