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Celtic People Lyrics. Written by Brian Warfield and recorded by The Wolfe Tones. From the album Child Of Destiny. There are a few words I couldn't make out from listening to the song, if you know the missing words give me a shout.

(A) I'm proud to be a (D) Celtic Sup(A)porter, we don't sing sec(E)tarian (A) songs!
 We sing the songs of (D) Ireland's freedom, (A) sing the songs of our (E) native (A) land.
 We're not bitter, (D) hate foul (A) people, happy as the (E) day is (A) long.
 We fought injustice (D) and resentment, (A) discrimination a(E)cross this (A) land.
 We're proud to be the (D) Celtic (A) People, (D) this is our (E) histo(A)ry!

 (A) Celtic, ‘ Celtic (D) Ohh,,,,,
 (A) Celtic ‘ Celtic,  (D) having much more  fun than I ever had
 (A) Celtic ‘ Celtic, (D) Ohh,
 we’re (A) top of the world,’ we’re walking on sunshine, (D) Simply the best there can (A) be,
 we’re walking on air, all ‘ over the moon, we’re (D) happy go lucky and (A) easy and free.
 We’re Celtic supporters all ‘ over the world, (D) simply the best there can (A) be,
 Celtic ‘ Celtic (D) Ohh.
(A) Celtic ‘ Celtic (D) Ohh.
 
 
When the (A) Scots of Erin (D) came to (A) Alba that's how Scotland (E) got its (A) name,
 They brought their culture (D) and the language (A) 'till the land be(E)came Ar(A)gyll.
 Saint Columba (D) came to I(A)ona bringing gifts a(E)cross the (A) sea,
 We picked up the music, (D) education (A) peace and love, Christi(E)ani(A)ty,
 We're proud to be the (D) Celtic (A) People, (D) this is our (E) histo(A)ry!
 
How (A) could there be a (D) famine in (A) Ireland, when Ireland had an a(E)bundance of (A) food,
 Enough to feed (D) thirty millions (A) taking away at the (E) point of a (A) gun,
 40,000 (D) well fed (A) soldiers sent to take our (E) food a(A)way,
 Leaving Irish (D) people starving, (A) death and disease con(E)sumed our (A)land.
 Proud to be the (D) Celtic (A) People, (D) this is our (E) histo(A)ry!
 

I'm proud to be a Celtic Supporter, we don't sing sectarian songs!
We sing the songs of Ireland's freedom, sing the songs of our native land.
We're not bitter, hate filled people, we're happy as the day is long.
We fought injustice and resentment, discrimination across this land.
We're proud to be the Celtic People, this is our history!

Celtic, Celtic Ohh,,,,,
Celtic Celtic, Ohh, were top of the world were walking on sunshine,
Simply the best there can be, were walking on air,
Were over the moon, were happy go lucky and easy and free.
Were Celtic supporters all over the world, simply the best their can be,
Celtic Celtic Ohh.
 
When the Scots of Erin came to Alba that's how Scotland got it's name,
They brought their culture and the landguage 'till the land became Argyll.
Saint Columba came to Iona bringing gifts across the sea,
We picked up the music, education peace and love Christanity,
Were proud to be the Celtic people this is our history.
 
Celtic, Celtic Ohh,,,,,
Celtic Celtic, Ohh, were top of the world were walking on sunshine,
Simply the best there can be, were walking on air,
Were over the moon, were happy go lucky and easy and free.
Were Celtic supporters all over the world, simply the best their can be,
Celtic Celtic Ohh.
 
How could there be a famine in Ireland, when Ireland had an abundance of food,
Enough to feed thirty million taking away at the point of a gun,
40,000 well few soldiers sent to take our food away,
Leaving Irish people starving, death and desese consumed our land.
Proud to be the Celtic people this is our history.
 
Celtic, Celtic Ohh,,,,,
Celtic Celtic, Ohh, were top of the world were walking on sunshine,
Simply the best there can be, were walking on air,
Were over the moon, were happy go lucky and easy and free.
Were Celtic supporters all over the world, simply the best their can be,
Celtic Celtic Ohh.

From Brian Warfield Of The Wolfe Tones
I wrote a new Celtic song called the "Celtic people".  It's the fourth song I've written for our great supporters who have suffered much under somewhat oppressive authorities in Scotland. They have never excepted the Irish as the biggest ethnic community in Scotland or allowed them freedom of expression, all others are recognised and their heritage calibrated, but unfortunately they do not allow the same freedom to the Irish.
They persecute and harness those who try to celebrate and display the musical and historic song traditions of their ancestry, they ban and punish those who dare to sing what they term a 'Rebel' song, which are songs of freedom and resistance against what was in Ireland successive uncaring, oppressive Governments.
The latest song addresses all the issues that our supporters were taunted and accused of; for instance' the Famines over, go home'.  Well those who know their history will understand that there was no Famine, the country was full of food, enough to feed 30 million people but it was taken out of Ireland at the point of a gun, leaving millions of Irish people to starve, as the song says "40,000 well fed soldiers were sent to take our food away" and they did.  Daniel O'Connell begged the Imperial Government just to leave the oats in Ireland, take everything else but leave something to save the people, but an uncaring heartless Government refused.

The next accusation against our supporters is that they are sectarian.  Well nothing could be further from the truth!  For instance, the great figures from Irish history are from all religious backgrounds, Protestant, Presbyterian and Catholic, they fought side by side against sectarianism and for freedom. So those who make these stupid comments are very ignorant of the historic facts. The question is, how can you accuse those who celebrate all heroes of all religions sectarian?!

The third point is they have no place in Scotland, again it's total ignorance of their history. Ireland known as Scotia Major was the land of the Scots, Alba became an extension of Scotia and from the many Irish (Scots) who settled there eventually gave the name to the Land which became known as Upper Scotia and eventually after Ireland was ravished by invaders, it became known as Scotland. The Gaelic speaking people of Ireland settled and brought their language, culture and music to the land that became known as Argyll, AireGael the Territory of the Gael.

Saint Columba (Colmcille ) native of Gartan, County Donegal, brought Christianity there and from his base in Iona succeeded in converting the Pictish people, bringing education, music and the wonders of the sciences and knowledge developed by generations of dedicated Monks in the monasteries of Ireland to enlighten and educate them.

In later times when Scotland was fighting for the survival of it's existence, the Irish fought side by side with the Scottish chiefs against the English with Wallace, Bruce and of course the Jacobites and paid a high price for it!  The harpers of Ireland were travelling to many parts of Scotland, bringing their musical skills right up to the late eighteenth century. Hempson, the harper from Derry records his story of meeting and playing for Bonny Prince Charlie. He also stated that none of the Lairds of Scotland had a harp in their castles, excepting one demonstrating the important part played by the Irish musicians in enriching the musical heritage of Scotland. So there is a long, deep tradition going back centuries so Ireland's influence and it's people should and must be recognized.

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