This ballad relates the story of Martin Savage, an Officer of the Dublin Brigade of the IRA who was killed in an ambush at Ashtown., Co. Dublin on December 19th 1919. It is sung to the air of "The Snowy-Breasted Pearl."

'Twas a cold December day
A lorry ploughed its way
'Midst bullets splash and play
On Ashtown Road.

In that car a living tool
Of England's hated rule
There was begun a duel
On Ashtown Road.

Young Savage, unafraid,
With gun and hand grenade
Attacked them undismayed,
On Ashtown Road.

But a bullet laid him low
From a rifle of the foe,
That' s another debt we owe
For Ashtown Road.

But another day shall dawn
Like that cold December morn
When a martyr's name was born
On Ashtown Road.

We laid him in a grave
Where the willows sadly wave,
Oh! son of Erin brave,
Farewell to thee.


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