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The Slaying of Robert Montgomery
Two dogs were fighting In old Hyde Park Newfoundland dogs So strong of heart Colonel Montgomery Leapt from his horse He said, "Is this your dog, Tell me is it yours? I'll knock down the dog with a mighty force." Captain Macnamara Rode up to the fray He called his dog to heel In a laid-back way He turned to the Colonel Like a cat to a shrew "If you knock my dog down, You'd better knock me down too, Your arrogance astounds me sir, Now tell me who the hell are you?" CHORUS ----------- Mount up boys there's gonna be some noise The Captain and the Colonel are off to Primrose Hill There can be only one sombre outcome Pistols will be drawn and the gentlemen will shoot to kill. ----------- In the heat of the moment Words were exchanged On the Piccadilly road A duel was arranged A chaise and a Hackney-coach Sped from the city On April the sixth Eighteen hundred and three Towards Chalk Farm Past the fields and the trees. CHORUS In the still of the countryside A shot echoed out Montgomery hit the ground Birds flew all about Captain Macnamara's Arm fell to his side He was subsequently charged He was subsequently tried He was found not guilty Though Colonel Robert Montgomery died.
© Severn Dwyer. 2011