the wit and humour of old irish songs/ballads

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the wit and humour of old irish songs/ballads

Postby grammer » Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:01 pm

Good Ship Calibar [print]
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Come all ye dry land sail-i-ars
And listen to my song
It's only forty verses
And I won't detain you's long
It's all about the adventures
Of this old Lisburn tar
Who sailed as man before the mast
On the good ship Calibar

Now the Calibar was a spanking craft
Pitch bottomed for and aft
Her helm, it stuck out far behind
And her wheel was a great big shaft
With half a gale to fill her sail
She'd do a knot an hour
She's the fastest craft on the Lagan Canal
And she's only one horse power

Now, the captain was a strapping lad
And he stood just four foot two
His eyes was red and his nose was green
And his cheeks was a prussian blue
He wore a leather medal
That he won in the Crimea War
And the captain's wife was the passenger cook
On the good ship Calibar

Now, the captain say to me "Me lad
Look here, me lad" says he
"Would you's like to be a sail-i-ar
And sail the raging sea?
Would you's like to be a sail-i-ar
On foreign seas to roll
For we're under orders from Portadown
With a half a ton of coal"

It was early next morning
The weather it being sublime
When passing under the old Queen's Bridge
We heard the Albert's chime
When going along the gaswork straits
A very dangerous part
We ran ahole on a lump of coal
That wasn't marked down on the chart

Then all became cunfuse-i-en
And the stormy winds did blow
The bos'n slipped on an orange peel
Fell into the hold below
"Put on more speed" the captain cried
"For we are sorely pressed"
But the engineer from the bank replied
"The horse is doing his best"

Then we all fell into the water
And we all let out a roar
There was a farmer standing there
And he threw us the end of his galloses
And he pulled us all ashore
No more I'll be a sail-i-ar or sail the raging main
And the next time I go to Portadown
I'll go by the bloody train
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Postby grammer » Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:06 pm

Goodbye Mick
(Trad)

The Ship it sails in half an hour
To cross the broad Atlantic
My friends are standing on the quay
With grief and sorrow frantic
I'm just about to sail away
In the good ship Dan O'Leary
The anchor's weighed and the gangway's up
I'm leaving Tipperary

And it's goodbye Mick and goodbye Pat
And goodbye Kate and Mary
The anchor's weighed and the gangway's up
I'm leaving Tipperary
And now the steam is blowing off
I have no more to say
I'm bound for New York City boys
Three thousand miles away

In my portmanteau here I have
Some cabbage, beans and bacon
And if you think I can't eat that
Well, there's where yer mistaken
For this ship will play with pitch and toss
For half a dozen farthings
I'll roll me bundle on me back
And walk to Castle gardens

And it's goodbye Mick and goodbye Pat
And goodbye Kate and Mary
The anchor's weighed and the gangway's up
I'm leaving Tipperary
And now the steam is blowing off
I have no more to say
I'm bound for New York City boys
Three thousand miles away

Now I won't come that Yankee chat
I guess I'm calculatin'
Come liquor up old sonny boy
When an old friend I am treatin'
I'm deep in love with Molly Burke
Like an ass is fond of clover
I'll send for her when I get there
That's if she will come over

And it's goodbye Mick and goodbye Pat
And goodbye Kate and Mary
The anchor's weighed and the gangway's up
I'm leaving Tipperary
And now the steam is blowing off
I have no more to say
I'm bound for New York City boys
Three thousand miles away

Then fare thee well old Erin dear
To part me heart does ache well
From Carrickfergus to Cape Clear
I'll never see your equal
Although to foreign parts we're bound
Where cannibals may eat us
We'll ne'er forget the Holy Ground
Of poteen and potatoes

And it's goodbye Mick and goodbye Pat
And goodbye Kate and Mary
The anchor's weighed and the gangway's up
I'm leaving Tipperary
And now the steam is blowing off
I have no more to say
I'm bound for New York City boys
Three thousand miles away

When good St Paddy banished snakes
He shook them from his garment
He never thought we'd go abroad
To look upon such vermint
Nor quit this land where whiskey grew
To wear the Yankee button
Take vinegar for mountain dew
And toads for mountain mutton

And it's goodbye Mick and goodbye Pat
And goodbye Kate and Mary
The anchor's weighed and the gangway's up
I'm leaving Tipperary
And now the steam is blowing off
I have no more to say
I'm bound for New York City boys
Three thousand miles away
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Postby grammer » Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:18 pm

Tipping It Up To Nancy [print]
(Trad)

Oh, there's been a woman in our town
A woman you ought know well
She dearly loved her husband
And another man twice as well

With me right finnickineerio
Me tip finnick a wall
With me right finnickineerio
We're tipping it up to Nancy

She went down to the chemist shop
Some remedies for to buy
Have you anything in your chemist shop
To make me old man blind?

With me right finnickineerio
Me tip finnick a wall
With me right finnickineerio
We're tipping it up to Nancy

Give him eggs and marrowbones
And make him suck them all
Before he has the last one sucked
He won't see you at all

With me right finnickineerio
Me tip finnick a wall
With me right finnickineerio
We're tipping it up to Nancy

She gave him eggs and marrowbones
And made him suck them all
Before he had the last one sucked
He couldn't see her at all

With me right finnickineerio
Me tip finnick a wall
With me right finnickineerio
We're tipping it up to Nancy

If in this world I cannot see
Here I cannot stay
I'd drown myself, "Come on" says she
"And I'll show you the way"

With me right finnickineerio
Me tip finnick a wall
With me right finnickineerio
We're tipping it up to Nancy

She led him to the river
She led him to the brim
But sly enough of Martin
It was him that shoved her in

She swam through the river
She swam through the brine
"Oh Martin, dear Martin
Don't leave me behind"

With me right finnickineerio
Me tip finnick a wall
With me right finnickineerio
We're tipping it up to Nancy

"Oh Martin, dear Martin
Don't leave me behind"
"Yerra shut up outa that ye silly aul fool
Ye know poor Martin is blind"

With me right finnickineerio
Me tip finnick a wall
With me right finnickineerio
We're tipping it up to Nancy

There's nine in me family
And none of them is my own
I wish that each and every man
Would come and claim his own

With me right finnickineerio
Me tip finnick a wall
With me right finnickineerio
We're tipping it up to Nancy
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Postby grammer » Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:52 am

The Night That Paddy Murphy Died
(Trad)

Oh the night that Paddy Murphy died, is a night I'll never forget
Some of the boys got loaded drunk, and they ain't got sober yet
As long as a bottle was passed around every man was feelin' gay
O'Leary came with the bagpipes, some music for to play

That's how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy
That's how they showed their honour and their pride
They said it was a sin and shame and they winked at one another
And every drink in the place was full the night Pat Murphy died

As Mrs. Murphy sat in the corner pouring out her grief
Kelly and his gang came tearing down the street
They went into an empty room and a bottle of whiskey stole
They put the bottle with the corpse to keep that whiskey cold

That's how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy
That's how they showed their honour and their pride
They said it was a sin and shame and they winked at one another
And every drink in the place was full the night Pat Murphy died

About two o'clock in the morning after emptying the jug
Doyle rolls up the ice box lid to see poor Paddy's mug
We stopped the clock so Mrs. Murphy couldn't tell the time
And at a quarter after two we argued it was nine

That's how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy
That's how they showed their honour and their pride
They said it was a sin and shame and they winked at one another
And every drink in the place was full the night Pat Murphy died

They stopped the hearse on George Street outside Sundance Saloon
They all went in at half past eight and staggered out at noon
They went up to the graveyard, so holy and sublime
Found out when they got there, they'd left the corpse behind!

That's how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy
That's how they showed their honour and their pride
They said it was a sin and shame and they winked at one another
And every drink in the place was full the night Pat Murphy died

Oh the night that Paddy Murphy died, is a night I'll never forget
Some of the boys got loaded drunk and they ain't been sober yet
As long as a bottle was passed around every man was feelin' gay
O'Leary came with the bagpipes, some music for to play

That's how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy
That's how they showed their honour and their pride
They said it was a sin and shame and they winked at one another
And every drink in the place was full the night Pat Murphy died
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Old Irish Songs and Ballads

Postby Chiropodist » Sat Feb 14, 2009 4:58 pm

There are loads of these on my Monkstown site and there are a lot with the Lyrics as well as the Melodies. My last download was the wind that shakes the barley. I think I sent the link to someone on the forum.
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Old Irish songs and ballads

Postby Chiropodist » Sat Feb 14, 2009 5:03 pm

There is a CD by an Irish group named Kilpatrick and they sing no less than 50 Irish songs. I have a copy of it and its really great. Look out for it when you are browsing the CD shops.
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Re: Old Irish Songs and Ballads

Postby Strum » Sat Feb 14, 2009 6:02 pm

Chiropodist wrote:
My last download was the wind that shakes the barley.



I have a mate that was in a Trad band called the "Barlyshakes" :D



I think I sent the link to someone on the forum.



That was me Chiro, but I couldn't post any images from that site due to copyright.
You can post a link to the site here because there are a few interesting subjects on that site. :cool:
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Postby Strum » Sat Feb 14, 2009 6:03 pm

A good finnickineerio post that Grammer! :cool:
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Postby Chiropodist » Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:12 pm

Here is the link to Monkstown site if anyone is interested. Click on Links in the menu then on the Irish songs on the next menu then Folksongs and the lists will appear in alphabetical order.
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Old Irish songs and ballads

Postby Chiropodist » Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:16 pm

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Postby grammer » Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:44 am

ehhhhhh -----its not working :roll: :roll: :roll:
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Postby farmboy » Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:54 am

grammer wrote:ehhhhhh -----its not working :roll: :roll: :roll:



Neither is half the country Grammer. :roll:
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Postby grammer » Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:56 am

giza job?????? :roll: :roll:
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Postby spudseamus » Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:00 am

farmboy wrote:
grammer wrote:ehhhhhh -----its not working :roll: :roll: :roll:



Neither is half the country Grammer. :roll:

ahh quick Farmboy!! lol
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Postby Chiropodist » Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:12 pm

What a pity Grammer. Perhaps our Strum can help out.
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Postby Strum » Sun Feb 15, 2009 2:53 pm

I fixed the link but it looks like the page is gone when you click on it now. Can you still get to the site Chiro?
If you can just copy the full link from the top address bar. :cool:
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Postby Chiropodist » Sun Feb 15, 2009 7:46 pm

Waxies Dargle
Says my oul wan to your aul wan
Wil ye come to the Waxies Dargle
Says my oul wan to your oul wan
Sure I havent got a farthing
Ive just been down to Monto town
To see young Kill Mc Ardle
But he couldnt lend me a half a crown
To go to the Waxies Dargle.


(Refrain) What will you have, will you have a pint
Ill have a pint with you sir
And if somebody doesent order soon
Well be thrown out of this boozer.

Says my oul wan to your oul wan
will you come to the Galway races
Says my oul wan to your oul wan
With the price of me oul lads braces
I went down to chapel street,To see the money lender
But he wouldnt give me a couple of bob
On me oul lads red suspenders.

(Refrain again.) What will you have...

Says my oul wan to your oulwan
We have no beef or mutton
But if we go down to Monto town
We might get a drink for nuttin
Heres a piece of advice
I got from an old fish mongerWhen food is scarce
And you see the hearse
You know you died of hunger

(Refrain again) What will you have...
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Postby Strum » Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:55 pm

Take er' up to Monto...
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The wit and humour of old Irish songs and ballads

Postby Chiropodist » Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:57 pm

The link I have posted here Strum is the only one I have so, sorry I cant help more. I was sent this link by a friend years ago and it worked first time. A lovely waltz tune was played when the site came up but I dont get that now. If there is a tune or old ballad you would like the words of, I can look it up and if there, I can post it or send a PM.
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Postby Strum » Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:12 pm

Here you go folks. Thanks Chiro. :cool:

Main site: http://www.clubi.ie/Monkstown/

Songs page: http://ingeb.org/catei.html
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Postby spudseamus » Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:06 am

Thanks Strum !! lots of hours there lol
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Postby Strum » Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:29 am

spudseamus wrote:Thanks Strum !! lots of hours there lol



Ain't that the truth mate! I was laughing me face off to "A pair of Brown Eyes"
I think the Pogues did it, but I never knew the lyrics. :cool: :D


I'm off for a Pogue search now...C'ye! :cool:
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Postby grammer » Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:44 am

oh its brennan on the moor
brennan on the moor
laaa laaa
tap tap tap taap
get up the yard
ya boyo ya
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Postby Kav » Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:36 pm

Stay off the :alco: grammer :D
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Postby grammer » Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:16 pm

its lack of Kav :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:
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