Emerald (4:02)

Cover of Jailbreak

From Jailbreak and 23 other releases

According to Phil Lynott biographer Mark Putterford, the group composition “Emerald” was “the last word on the author’s burning fascination with Irish history, a blood-curdling clash of steel and morality embedded upon a spectacular Gaelic guitar riff”. Lyricist Lynott, the band’s leader, front man and principal writer had a lifelong fascination with the history and legends of the Emerald Isle, in spite of being not only half black but technically an Englishman. The song is certainly one of his and their finer efforts with the trademark Lizzy duel guitar lead.

“Emerald” was released as the B Side of “The Boys Are Back In Town” on the Vertigo label in April 1976.


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Down from the glen came the marching men
With their shields and their swords
To fight the fight they believed to be right
Overthrow the overlords

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