Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya (3:53)

Cover of The Meanest of Times Limited Edition

From The Meanest of Times Limited Edition and 2 other releases

“Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye” (AKA Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye, and Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya) is a popular Irish traditional anti-war and anti-recruiting song. It is generally dated to the early 19th century, when Irish troops served the British East India Company. The original refers to the soldiers from Athy, County Kildare that fought in “Sulloon” (Ceylon - now Sri Lanka) for the East India Company. It has become a definitive anti-war song.


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