Dublin rockabilly singer could hit the big time after traveling 5k miles for this once in a lifetime emotional gig

Dublin rockabilly singer Imelda May was the McGregor camp's choice to sing the Irish National Anthem 'Amhrán na bhFiann' ('A Soldier’ Song') at the showdown in Vegas on Saturday night.

Bono, apparently, was first choice but had a wedding to attend.

It is doubtful he would have matched May who canceled an Irish concert to fly 5,000 miles for the gig.

She did not disappoint as McGregor, an Irish Republic flag wrapped around him, looked on clearly moved especially by her emotional ending line which translates as “Let us sing our soldier’s song.”

May is a well-known face to Irish American audiences but this rendition may allow her into the big time.

A Soldier’s Song Lyrics (translated)

We'll sing a song, a soldier's song,

With cheering rousing chorus,

As round our blazing fires we throng,

The starry heavens o'er us;

Impatient for the coming fight,

And as we wait the morning's light,

Here in the silence of the night,

We'll sing a soldier's song.


Soldiers are we

whose lives are pledged to Ireland;

Some have come

from a land beyond the wave.

Sworn to be free,

No more our ancient sire land

Shall shelter the despot or the slave.

Tonight, we man the gap of danger

In Erin's cause, come woe or weal

'Mid cannons' roar and rifles peal,

We'll sing a soldier's song.