Pol Brennan

Story Behind The Song

As some of you know, the band has been very involved in following the events of Irish political detainee, Pol Brennan. For those of you that are unfamiliar with him or his plight, here is a small edited excerpt from his website. Facts on Pol Brennan Pol has lived in the US since 1984 when he met and married an American citizen. In 2000 he and 3 others won the right to stay and work in the US after the British Government withdrew extradition proceedings against Pol and the 3 other defendants for Political actions in the north of Ireland. They were granted hearings to apply for political asylum which are still ongoing and since 2000 Pol has lived and worked openly in the bay area of California. Pol is not undocumented. He has a work authorization application in the system but has not received this permit nor has he been refused this permit. He was stopped and imprisoned last year on a bureaucratic mistake that has escalated to an inactive deportation order being activated which completely ignored the order from the court of 2000 stating he could stay until a political asylum hearing can be heard. Please contact your local elected representatives and ask them why Homeland Security will not drop its opposition to bail and allow him the opportunity to fight his case in a fairer manner in court. We've written a song for Pol and are encouraging you to post it in as many places as you can so it may help bring some visibility and perhaps a bit of old fashioned activism to Pol's plight through music. Borrow it, take it, email it, post it -- Please join us in getting it out there. Funds collected through direct sales of the early release of this single will go directly to Pol's family.

Song Description

Pol Brennan was a political prisoner of the British when, in an elaborate scheme, he and 100 other men escaped. He sought refuge in America where he had applied for political asylum and eventually the extradition request was withdrawn by the British and

Song Length 3:45 Genre Folk - Rock, World - Celtic
Tempo Medium Slow (91 - 110) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Outraged, Poignant Subject Justice, Frustration
Language English Era 1990 - 1999


The H block couldn't hold em
On that September day
A year or so in makin
Escape the only way
And now some 20 years gone by
He's taken once again
Pol Brennan thrown in jail
By Americans

His deportation order
Was lifted he's aware
He'd made a peaceful life
His "status" was declared
Political asylum
Is pending to this day
Yet he still sits in Jail

It's time to say freedom for the man who stood up to be free
Freedom, Freedom!
Where is the guarantee
Freedom for the man, from sea to shining sea
Freedom Freedom Freedom Freedom

Pol Brennan is Republican
But not the kind you know
He has no ties to Bush and Co.
No seeds of wealth to sow
His love for an Irish nation
Perhaps his largest greed
We must stop the deportation

It's time to say freedom for the man who stood up to be free
Freedom, Freedom!
Where is the guarantee
Freedom for the man, from sea to shining sea
Freedom Freedom Freedom Freedom

Lyrics LeeAnn Mackey Music Roy Plisko
Producer LeeAnn Mackey Publisher The Brazen Heads
Performance The Brazen Heads

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