Have You Seen Joe Cahill
Tommy Sands - © Elm Grove Music

The Official Republican movement had replaced their armed nationalist struggle for a unifying working class and political one by the time Bombay Street in Belfast was being burned by Loyalists in 1969. The Provisional IRA was formed and found support for defence purposes and Joe Cahill, a veteran of earlier campaigns became the name synonymous with the early "Provos." This song which looks at the perception of "Freedom Fighter," "Terrorist" and Family man was written and sung while Cahill was "on the run" after Internment was introduced in 1972.


Have you seen Joe Cahill
Have you seen him anywhere
Somewhere he is near us
Tell me if you can do you know this man
Is he a foe or a friend
That is wanted in this land

All along the Falls will they rally to the call
Time to join in the IRA
If no one will defend us we've some one to depend on
This is what you can hear them say

Have you seen Joe Cahill
Have you seen him anywhere
Somewhere he is near us
With his gallent band
He'll help to free our land
He'll save the little children in arms
And may God Bless Ireland.

The mighty British Army are searching all the land
Where is this rebel more a devil than a man
With his mayhem and murder it's time hand him over
This what you can hear them say

Have you seen Joe Cahill
Have you seen him anywhere
Somewhere he is near us
With his cruel band he’ll terrorise the land
He'll kill the little children in arms
We will leave no stone unturned

In the lonely home Annie lies alone
All the little children are asleep in their bed
His footstep on the floor
His knock upon the door
This is what you can hear them say

Have you seen Joe Cahill
Have you seen him anywhere
Somewhere he is near us
But he's always on the run,
There's too much to be done
To hold the little children in his arms
And it’s lonely here alone

Have you seen Joe Cahill
Have you seen him anywhere
Somewhere he is near us
With his gallant band
He’ll terrorise the land
He’ll hold the little children when he can
And may God bless Ireland