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GUEST,Noreen Lyr Req: Manchester Rambler (adapted from MacColl) (52* d) RE: 'the manchester rambler' revisited 02 Dec 08

>What rather annoys me though about many of the Irish transhumances is the ready resort to cliche- you'll usually hear the Manchester rambler, even when they keep the Manchester references, starting "I'm a rambler, I'm a gambler"- singing without understanding, or even perhaps thinking.

Paul, the phrase "I`m a rambler I`m a gambler" comes from the song "The Moonshiner" which is better known in Ireland then the Manchester Rambler; I certainly knew it before I ever heard Ewan MacColl's song, and I have always assumed that's where Ewan got his phrase from.

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