Episode 4 of spoof show This Time with Alan Partridge featured Steve Coogan in two hilarious roles, playing both Alan and an Irish farmer named Martin Brennan, who moonlights as an Alan Partridge impersonator.
Wearing prosthetic teeth, and talking in a thick Irish accent, Coogan looked ridiculously funny as alter ego Brennan, much to the delight of the show’s viewers.
However, it was the closing song that really got audiences laughing, with some even calling it ‘TV gold’.
Find out everything about the episode including the meaning behind the song lyrics below…
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What was the sketch about?
To honour St Patrick’s Day the last segment on the show featured Irish guest Martin, a farmer from Siglo who also works as an Alan Partridge lookalike.
In true comedic fashion, Martin annoys Alan by telling him that he had never heard of him before last week.
“I didn’t know who you were,” Martin told Alan. “My cousin said you’d be as well being a Martin Brennan impersonator in Sligo.”
To make matters worse Martin then decides to whip out a guitar as the credits roll to sing Come Out Ye Black and Tans on primetime TV.
What is the song about?
The song sung by farmer Martin Brennan was the Irish rebel song Come Out, Ye Black and Tans which refers to the British military force in Ireland during the 1920s.
The song is said to be about an IRA man in Dublin who would come home from the bar and call out to his neighbours daring them to come and fight him.
Martin’s version also added in lyrics from another rebel anthem Men Behind the Wire, making Alan remark: “Oh my God, that was like an advert for the IRA.”
Read the lyrics to the hilarious sketch below:
Come out and fight me like a man
Show your wives how you won medals down in Flanders
Tell them how the IRA made you run like hell away,
From the green and lovely lanes in Killashandra
Armoured cars and tanks and guns
Came to take away our sons
But every man must stand behind
The men behind the wire
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