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Lyr Add: The Great Big Roaming Ass

Brían 10 Oct 03 - 08:24 AM
GUEST,MMario 10 Oct 03 - 08:49 AM
Jim Dixon 13 Oct 03 - 09:40 AM
Brían 14 Oct 03 - 12:18 AM
GUEST,Peadar (formerly) of Portsmouth 03 Mar 13 - 10:58 AM
GUEST 22 May 17 - 12:52 PM
FreddyHeadey 27 Sep 18 - 05:41 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: THE GREAT BIG ROAMING ASS
From: Brían
Date: 10 Oct 03 - 08:24 AM

THE GREAT BIG ROAMING ASS

Oh, to look at me would you ever think that I was in me prime?
Me clothes are torn and me shoes are worn and me age is forty nine.
Oh, I had friends and pals galore but alas, those days are past,
And the only one that I have left is a poor old, shook old ass.

Chorus:

I've a kind old friend and a true old pal was this old ass to me.
Many's the night he brought me home when I was on the spree.
Though he's highly bred and he’s badly fed for I don't own much grass,
He's a hare-um scare-um divil-may-care-um great big roaming ass.

I bought this ass for a half a crown some many years ago.
We chanced to meet upon the street at the fair of Ballinasloe.
He took me high and he looked so fly (?) with his skin as smooth as glass.
And sure I put down with a half a crown and sailed home with that ass.

Chorus:

Oh, I'll ne'er forget the day we met, sure at the fair of Ballinasloe.
Up and down through street and town (Spoken): Go on! Click, click! Sure, the pair of us did go.
And to depart 't would break my heart, for no one could take his place,
And tell all of what I think of him, sure I think it's no disgrace.

Chorus:

Last line: Roaming fine jackass!

This is on Robbie McMahon's recording, The Black Sheep, a real nice recording. Robbie says he got it from Joe Nestor of Ballinaruan. I have heard Colm O'Donnell sing it at a fleadh ceol in Riverstown, Co. Sligo in the 1990's. With much rending of hair I could make an abc or midi. I would appreciate any information on this song.

Brían


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: THE GREAT BIG ROAMING ASS
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 10 Oct 03 - 08:49 AM

thanks for the lyrics...Maybe someone else can post the tune and save you the hair loss!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: THE GREAT BIG ROAMING ASS
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Oct 03 - 09:40 AM

The Irish Traditional Music Tune Index lists a tune called "Ballinasloe Fair" with several recordings. Could they be related?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: THE GREAT BIG ROAMING ASS
From: Brían
Date: 14 Oct 03 - 12:18 AM

After looking at JC's Tune Finder, the tune seems different. I'll try to make a midi.

Brían


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Great Big Roaming Ass
From: GUEST,Peadar (formerly) of Portsmouth
Date: 03 Mar 13 - 10:58 AM

Doing a lil' look around on some of Robbie's songs and came across a video of him performing this ditty...thought I'd share the link.



Great Big Roaming Ass


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Great Big Roaming Ass
From: GUEST
Date: 22 May 17 - 12:52 PM

Lovely young lad singing it:

https://www.facebook.com/irishmusicirishvoices/videos/1837816336540576/?pnref=story


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Great Big Roaming Ass
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 27 Sep 18 - 05:41 AM

^^^^ 22 may 17 12:52
Here's the YouTube link if you've not got FB

Liam Broderick, 2017
https://youtu.be/XzEUPxO-f4Q
Fine singing, it'd be great to hear him in another ten years.

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And some more youngsters

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=724661054568356&id=342313952615281


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