We Met Upon The Barricades

We met upon the barricades – a new world in our sight
And there you stood, a firebrand, a hero for the fight
I fell in love that very day, I thought my heart would fail
If we two stood in unity what forces could prevail?

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Oh how I loved you and thought you brave and true
Not knowing of the secrets that would break my heart in two

What pleasures and delights we shared in those heady days of spring
We railed against injustice and caused the streets to ring
A tender lover you became, though torn in many ways
Your father he lay dying and you left me many the day

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In time our love it blossomed and I bore our baby boy
And all that night at my bedside you cried your tears of joy
But your father he was fading fast - this man I never saw
And caring lad to an ailing dad, you were called on more and more

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A hero then to one and all, always to the fore
You were trusted by our comrades, for the cause sure none did more
But then one day you broke the news, the hounds were on your trail
And to foreign lands you would steal away and that very night you’d sail

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For months I cried my bitter tears, nursed our growing son
Content to know that you were safe and the struggle would go on
But as those months turned into years and our boy into a man
Without a single word from you, well my life ne’er held to plan

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But in this morning’s Daily News, you stand before me now
A suit and tie, a book in hand, prepared to take a bow
An undercover cop they say, the finest of his kind
A hero of the state they say, you’d fought behind the lines

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So, there’d been no ailing father, to your wife’s arms you had gone
There’d been no love for me at all and there’d been no rebel strong
I knew the state swam deeply, it’s the nature of the fight
But sire a child then melt away, by what means is that right?

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Music: Na-Mara, Lyrics P. McNamara

The state sometimes ‘swims deeply’ to protect its citizens but this does not release it or its operatives from moral obligation.  As this story tells, when lines are crossed, heartache and confusion ensue.