The Past, The Present, and The Future

by Johnny Mac & The Faithful

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Johnny Mac and The Faithful present this collection of songs from Celtic's past present and future.

Including 'The Celtic Song', 'You'll Never Walk Alone', and 'We Shall Overcome', as recorded for the John Hartson foundation as a tribute to his tremendous career at Celtic, and to the great spirit and inspiration he has shown in overcoming his illness.

Being lifelong Celtic fans, we've partied, sang and danced to all the favourite Celtic songs, at games, and in pubs and clubs in Glasgow and all around the world. Influenced by the likes of The Pogues and The Saw Doctors as well our family's love of traditional Irish music, here is our take on those songs from Celtic's proud history, and some new numbers to pay tribute to heros of more modern times, and to sing for our future triumphs.

We hope you enjoy hearing these songs afresh, as much as we enjoyed recording them. Hail hail!

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released December 2, 2010

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Track Name: Let The People Sing
Let the people sing their stories and their songs
And the music of their native land
Their lullabies and battlecries and songs of hope and joy
So join us hand in hand
All across this ancient land
Throughout the test of time
It was music that kept their spirits free
Those songs of yours and of mine

For those who are in love
There's a song that's warm and tender
For those who are oppressed
In song you can protest
So liberate your minds
And give your soul expression
Open up your hearts
I'll sing for you this song

Let the people sing their stories and their songs
And the music of their native land
Their lullabies and battlecries and songs of hope and joy
So join us hand in hand
All across this ancient land
Throughout the test of time
It was music that kept their spirits free
Those songs of yours and of mine

It was back in ancient times
The bard would tell his stories
Of heroes and of villains
Of chieftains in the glen.
With the passages of time time
With passion and of glory
To those who've gone before
I'll sing to you once more

Let the people sing their stories and their songs
And the music of their native land
Their lullabies and battlecries and songs of hope and joy
So join us hand in hand
All across this ancient land
Throughout the test of time
It was music that kept their spirits free
Those songs of yours and of mine

Ireland, land of song
Your music lives forever
In its valleys, in its mountains
In its hills and in its glens
Our music did survive
Through famine and oppression
To the generations gone
I'll sing for you this song

Let the people sing their stories and their songs
And the music of their native land
Their lullabies and battlecries and songs of hope and joy
So join us hand in hand
All across this ancient land
Throughout the test of time
It was music that kept their spirits free
Those songs of yours and of mine

Let the people sing their stories and their songs
And the music of their native land
Their lullabies and battlecries and songs of hope and joy
So join us hand in hand
All across this ancient land
Throughout the test of time
It was music that kept their spirits free
Those songs of yours and of mine
Track Name: You'll Never Walk Alone
When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark

At the end of the storm
Is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of the lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on walk on with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
You'll never walk alone

Walk on walk on with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
You'll never walk alone
Track Name: Best Day Of Our Lives
Cesar held the cup up high
Underneath that latin sky
History was born on that warm night
it was the 25th day of mAy the dream became reality

The legend lives on
Forevermore
The night the mighty lions roared

That was the best day of our lives
The day we won the greatest prize
Oh how our hearts they soared with pride
Right underneath that lisbon sky
That was the best day of our lives

One down and the game had just begun
But in our hearts we knew we'd overcome
They said our chance was all but gone
But up stepped Tommy, then came Stevie
and the score was 2-1

The legend lives on
Forevermore
The night the mighty lions roared

That was the best day of our lives
The day we won the greatest prize
Oh how our hearts they soared with pride
Right underneath that lisbon sky
That was the best day of our lives

The legend lives on
Forevermore
The night the mighty lions roared

That was the best day of our lives
The day we won the greatest prize
Oh how our hearts they soared with pride
Right underneath that lisbon sky
That was the best day of our lives
Track Name: Green White & Gold
Well there are days when things don't go my way
The only letters I get are the bills I can't play
But then I look out my window
It puts a smile on my face
To see the Celtic supporters on the way to the game
And I pick up my scarf
And meet my dad the gates
And it's a feeling that no one will ever take away

And it's Celtic, and it's Celtic
In the green white and gold
Oh Celtic oh Celtic
You'll never walk alone
And it's Celtic, and it's Celtic
Wherever I may roam
When I see Paradise then I know that I'm home

Well everyone has all their hopes and their dreams
All the things they want that are just out of reach
But nothing compares to where I am now
Walking up London road in the heart of this crowd

And it's Celtic, and it's Celtic
In the green white and gold
Oh Celtic oh Celtic
You'll never walk alone
And it's Celtic, and it's Celtic
Wherever I may roam
When I see Paradise then I know that I'm home

I know that I'm home
When I walk through those gates
And all the glory days and the years
Of the good and the great
Like Johnstone and Larsson, McNeill and McStay

And it's Celtic, and it's Celtic
In the green white and gold
Oh Celtic oh Celtic
You'll never walk alone
And it's Celtic, and it's Celtic
Wherever I may roam
When I see Paradise then I know that I'm home
Track Name: The Past, The Present & The Future
Everything changes I guess that's true to say
But there's one thing that I know will always stay the same
Seasons come and seasons go and Celtic are still my team
For the past, the present and the future

We have seen the glory days yet more is yet to come
From '67 to Seville to Hamden in the sun
We've seen it all before and we'll see it all again
In the past the present and the future

Ceasar and Lennox and Kenny Dalglish
Johnston and Larsson and the big man Jock Stein
Sutton and Hartson and Nakamura
Celtic past, present and the future

There's some things you can't forget we'll never let them go
Like beating Rangers 7-1 and doing 9 in a row
We have seen the glory days and the best is yet to come
From the past, the present and the future

Ceasar and Lennox and Kenny Dalglish
Johnston and Larsson and the big man Jock Stein
Sutton and Hartson and Nakamura
Celtic past, present and the future
Track Name: Celtic In Our Hearts
There's a team in Glasgow, you probably know the name
Oh and how they're supported and how they play the game
Since 1888 wore the green and white with pride
And shoulder to shoulder, and side by side

It's Celtic
Wherever we may roam
Celtic's in our hearts you'll never walk alone
You know it's gonna be
Celtic's the team for me

Another Celtic victory

We've been around the world and we're greeted with a smile
Cause everybody loves the Celtic style
We saw the lions roar out in the Lisbon sun
We won't forget the day we were the first to bring it home

It's Celtic
Wherever we may roam
Celtic's in our hearts you'll never walk alone
You know it's gonna be
Celtic's the team for me

All over bonny SCotland Glasgow Dublin Belfast and Donegal
In New York Toronto Boston Sydney Brisbane one and all

It's Celtic
Wherever we may roam
Celtic's in our hearts you'll never walk alone
You know it's gonna be
Celtic's the team for me
Track Name: The Fields Of Athenry
By a lonely prison wall
I heard a young girl calling
Micheal they are taking you away
For you stole Trevelyn's corn
So the young might see the morn.
Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay.

Low lie the Fields of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly.
Our love was on the wing
we had dreams and songs to sing
It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry.

By a lonely prison wall
I heard a young man calling
Nothing matters Mary when you're free,
Against the Famine and the Crown
I rebelled they ran me down
Now you must raise our child with dignity.

Low lie the Fields of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly.
Our love was on the wing
we had dreams and songs to sing
It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry.

By a lonely harbour wall
She watched the last star falling
As that prison ship sailed out against the sky
Sure she'll wait and hope and pray
For her love in Botany Bay
It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry.

Low lie the Fields of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly.
Our love was on the wing
we had dreams and songs to sing
It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry.
Track Name: The Celtic Song
Sure it's a great old team to play for
Sure it's a great old team bedad
When you read its history
It's enough to make your heart grow sad
God bless them
We don't care if we win, lose or draw
Darn the hair do we care
Because we only know that there's going to be a show
And the Glasgow Celtic will be there

Sure it's the best darn team in Scotland
And the players all are grand
We support the Celtic
As they are the finest in the land we love them
We'll be there to give the Bhoys a cheer
When the league flag flies
And it cheers us up when we know the Scottish Cup
Is coming home to rest at Paradise

Sure it's a great old team to play for
Sure it's a great old team bedad
When we read its history
It's enough to make your heart grow sad
God bless them
We don't care if we win lose or draw
Darn the hair do we care
Because we only know that there's going to be a show
And the Glasgow Celtic will be there
And the Glasgow Celtic will be there
Track Name: St Patrick's Day New York
We're back again at JFK
headed for Jack Demsey's place
on 33rd and old Broadway
I'll meet you there
On St Patrick's Day

It's the city built by Irish hands
searching for a new homeland
Scots, Irish and Americans
I'll see you there
on St Patrick's day

The Stars and the Stripes,
The green and the white,
United together along the avenue
The snow and the cold,
The young and the old,
The brave and the bold here's what we're going to do

We'll sing and we'll dance all day, then we'll drink the night away
For it's New York City, and St Patrick's day

The ticker tape falls from the sky
We sing the fields of Athenry
It's a pilgrimage that will never die
I'll see you there
On St Patrick's Day

The Empire State's a sight to see
It's lit up bright in emerald green
And this is where I want to be
NYC
On St Patrick's day

The Stars and the Stripes,
The green and the white,
United together along the avenue
The snow and the cold,
The young and the old,
The brave and the bold here's what we're going to do

We'll sing and we'll dance all day, then we'll drink the night away
for it's New York City, and St Patrick's day

We're gonna celebrate, a St Paddy's day parade
In the city that never sleeps, in the land of liberty
We'll sing and we'll dance all day, then we'll drink the night away
for it's New York City, and St Patrick's da
Track Name: The Irish Rover
On the Fourth of July, 1806
We set sail from the sweet Cobh of Cork
We were sailing away with a cargo of bricks
For the Grand City Hall in New York
'Twas a wonderful craft
She was rigged fore and aft
And oh, how the wild wind drove her
She stood several blasts
She had twenty seven masts
And they called her The Irish Rover

We had one million bags of the best Sligo rags
We had two million barrels of stones
We had three million sides of old blind horses hides'
We had four million barrels of bones
We had five million hogs
six million dogs
Seven million barrels of porter
We had eight million barrels of old nanny goate tails
In the hold of the Irish Rover

There was awl Mickey Coote
Who played hard on his flute
And the ladies lined up for a set
He would tootle with skill
For each sparkling quadrille
Though the dancers were fluther'd and bet
With his smart witty talk
He was cock of the walk
As he rolled the dames under and over
They all knew at a glance
When he took up his stance
That he sailed in The Irish Rover

There was Barney McGee
From the banks of the Lee
There was Hogan from County Tyrone
There was Johnny McGurk
Who was scared stiff of work
And a man from Westmeath called Malone
There was Slugger O'Toole
Who was drunk as a rule
And Fighting Bill Tracy from Dover
And your man, Mick McCann
From the banks of the Bann
Was the skipper of the Irish Rover

For a sailor its' always a bother in life
It's so lonesome by night and by day
That he longs for the shore
and a charming young whore
Who will melt all his troubles away
Oh, the noise and the rout
Swillin' poiteen and stout
For him soon the torment's over
Of the love of a maid he is never afraid
An old salt from the Irish Rover

We had sailed seven years
When the measles broke out
And the ship lost its way in the fog
And that whale of a crew
Was reduced down to two
Just myself and the Captain's old dog
Then the ship struck a rock
Oh Lord! what a shock
The bulkhead was turned right over
Turned nine times around
And the poor old dog was drowned
I'm the last of The Irish Rover
Track Name: We Shall Overcome
We shall overcome
We shall overcome
We shall overcome someday
Darling here in my heart
I do believe
We shall overcome someday

We'll walk hand in hand
We'll walk hand in hand
We'll walk hand in hand someday
Darling here in my heart
I do believe
We'll walk hand in hand someday

We are not afraid
We are not afraid
We shall overcome someday
Darling here in my heart
I do believe
We shall overcome someday

We shall overcome
We shall overcome
We shall overcome someday
Darling here in my heart
I do believe
We shall overcome someday
We shall overcome someday