Follow Me Up To Carlow
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.
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.
Planxty play Follow Me Up to Carlow D minor. It’s given here in E minor but you can use ourchord converter to transpose it to different keys.
Follow Me Up to Carlow Lyrics and Chords
EmLift Mac Cahir Og your face,GBrooding o’er the old disgraceThatEmblack Fitzwilliam stormed your placeAnd drove youDto theEmFern.EmGray said victory was sure,GSoon the firebrand he’d secureUnEmtil he met at Glenmalure,FiachDMac Hugh O’EmByrne.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ChorusBmCurse and swear, Lord Kildare,DFiach will do what Fiach will dare.BmNow Fitzwilliam have a care,DFallen is yourEmstarlow.BmUp with halbert, out with sword,DOn we go for by the LordBmFiach Mac Hugh has given his word:DFollow me up toEmCarlow.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~See the swords of Glen ImayleFlashing o’er the English PaleSee all the children of the Gael,Beneath O’Byrne’s bannersRooster of the fighting stock,Would you let an English cockCrow out upon an Irish rock,Fly up and teach him manners.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Chorus~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~From Tassagart to ClonmoreFlows a stream of Saxon Gore.Great is Rory Og O’MoreAt sending loons to Hades.White is sick and Lane is fled,Now for black Fitzwilliam’s headWe’ll send it over, dripping red,To Liza and her ladies.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Chorus