Dan Kelly's Perjury
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DAN KELLY'S PERJURY. Irish, Slow Air (4/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. "There was a Ninety-eight song to this air" (Joyce). It begins:
I am in close confinement and no hopes of liberty
Condemned to death for treason before his majesty.
In Collon I was taken being on the third of June
The Drogheda guards conveyed me to where I met my doom
I lived in expectation that the speaker'd set me free,
But I received my sentence from Dan Kelly's perjury.
Tom Hand he acted as a foe, tho' he favored me that day
When in walks Dan Kelly and he swore my life away
He swore I had 10,000 men all at my command
Just ready to assist the French as soon as they would land.
He swore I was united to support the unuon cause
And the jury cried out Boylan you must die by martial laws