You Sold Us Down the River
Tommy Sands - © Elm Grove Music
I wrote this song in early 1975 after a long conversation with a Protestant neighbour about disillusionment felt by many Working Class Unionists at being set up and let down by the British Ascendancy tradition. He had a lovely local way of singing and I tried to sing the song in that spirit.
You promised that you’d stand by me from the very start
You sold us down the river you sold us down the river
You planted us in Ireland to keep it safe and sure
And when the rebels came along from Derry to Belfast
The day is fast approaching when the Ulster working man