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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… read more

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Down from the glen came the marching men
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