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beachcomber Origins: Song heard as a child: Free State Army (15) Origins: Song heard as a child 26 Mar 19


A song that I heard on an old 78rpm record when I was very young,(C 1940s) came fleetingly to my memory just lately as I watched Pathe Newsreel footage of the Irish Civil War, online. The only words that I can now remember go ......
"I'm in the Free State Army now,
The Volunteer Reserve,
Oh may the saints preserve
the country that we serve "
I wonder if any mudcatters, particularly Irish ones I suppose, rem hearing it or, better still, can furnish the entire song. I remember the tune but, unfortunately, am unable to post any kind of a sound track.


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