American Old Time Song Lyrics: 02 True To The Core
Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 2
TRUE TO THE CORE
Sung by Miss Lulu Mortimer.
Mankind drift along through this broad sea of care,
With some 'tis foul weather, with others 'tis fair,
Some help one another to reach the bright shore,
While others sit silent desparing the more.
I've a few words to say if you'll list to my song,
Your attention I ask, I will not keep you long,
My subject for song is a new one I'm sure,
For I'll sing about men that were true to the core.
Let me first sing of one whom all Ireland love,
Who gave up his life his devotion to prove;
He died for his country, he cared not for fame,
And each son's of Erin rejoice at his name;
I mean not the brave Dan O'Connell of old,
I mean not the brave Dan O'Connell the bold,
Nor Ireland's sweet poet, the warm-hearted Moore,
But brave Robert Emmett was true to the core.'
And now let me sing of America's friend,
Who gave up his life for liberty's end;
Hand in hand with our Washington, noble hero,
He fought 'neath our banner, the red, white and blue;
From his own sunny France, from his kindred and home,
Across the broad ocean he feared not to roam.
Let the battle field echo the old days of yore,
That dear Lafayette he was true to the core.
Another name dear to us all here to-night,
Who loved his own comrades, who tried to do right;
When the fierce storms of war was overwhelming our land,
To his country he offered his heart and his hand;
Though some misconstrue him and otbers complain,
They never can tarnish his honor or fame,
Yet the red battle-fields on Virginia's shore,
Prove that Abraham Lincoln was true to the core.
Let me sing now of one whom the whole world adores,
Whose name is revealed upon all foreign shores;
America's hero', Columbia's star,
A statesman in peace, but a lion in war;
From the red battle-fields of Lundy's Lane,
From Princeton, from Germantown arises again,
The echo of voices to sing evermore,
That Washington always was true to the core.