The Ballad of Mike Moran
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The Ballad of Mike Moran a.k.a The Fireman Song
Genre
Charts
Peak: #36   (150,858 songs currently in Acoustic)
Peak in sub-genre: #3   (13,415 songs currently in Folk)
Upload date
January 26, 2004
Meta data
MP3 1.8 MB, bitrate 128 kbps.
1:58 minutes
Words/music
Christopher Storc and Doug Cogan © 2001
Story behind the song
After the events of September 11, 2001, we watched New York fireman, Mike Moran grab hold of the microphone on the night of the Paul McCartney/VH1 benefit in New York, we felt the outrage he expressed when he challenged Osama bin Laden to kiss his "royal Irish ass" and we felt had to do something to support that sentiment. At a time when the whole world was struggling to understand the meaning of these senseless and horrific acts of cowardice, Mike stood tall and offered a bold statement of total defiance, which inspired us to put his words to music. The song has brought both tears and laughter to those who have heard it.
Lyrics
I am Irish and was proud to serve with other firemen, Who gave their lives for us that day, each one of them a friend, In remembrance of my brothers who from earthly bonds did pass, Osama, step right up and kiss my royal Irish ass They’re the bravest men I’ve known and I’ll miss them every day, I will keep them in my heart, so they’re never far away, In remembrance of my brothers, who from earthly bonds did pass, Osama, step right up and kiss my royal Irish ass, You’ll pay the price, but first you’ll kiss my royal Irish ass Never thinking of their safety, only saving other lives, They never made it home to see their daughters, sons, or wives, In remembrance of my brothers who from earthly bonds did pass, Osama, step right up and kiss my royal Irish ass, They’re the bravest men I’ve known and I’ll miss them every day, I will keep them in my heart, so they’re never far away, In remembrance of my brothers, who from earthly bonds did pass, Osama, step right up and kiss my royal Irish ass, You’ll pay the price, but first you’ll kiss my royal Irish ass Try to take our freedom and you’ve made a big mistake, The Spirit of America, you’re never going to break, In remembrance of my brothers who from earthly bonds did pass, Osama, step right up and kiss my royal Irish ass They’re the bravest men I’ve known and I’ll miss them every day I will keep them in my heart, so they’re never far away, In remembrance of my brothers, who from earthly bonds did pass, Osama, step right up and kiss my royal Irish ass, You’ll pay the price, but first you’ll kiss my royal Irish ass