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Thread #63103   Message #1022424
Posted By: Roberto
21-Sep-03 - 07:18 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Fire Maringo / Fire Marengo
Subject: Lyr Add: FIRE MARINGO (from Young Tradition)
Stan Hugill doesn't have Fire Maringo in his Shanties from the Seven Seas, but in the Introduction, where he inserts a text and the following note: "Doerflinger seems to think that "Fire, maringo" is of Negro origin, but I feel that Ireland is as like as not its birthplace. The word "maringo" is the clue. This quaint word is found in many Irish folk-songs (etc)."

Here is the Young Tradition's text as I have it. Roberto


Fire Maringo, Young Tradition, E.P. Chicken On A Raft, 1967, in Young Tradition, Galleries / Royston Wood & Heather Wood, No Relation (Two albums on One CD), Transatlantic ESMCD 461


FIRE MARINGO

Lift him up and carry him along,
Fire Maringo, fire away!
Put him down where he belong,
Fire Maringo, fire away!

Ease him down and let him lay,
Fire Maringo, fire away!
Screw him in and there he'll stay.
Fire Maringo, fire away!

Stow him in his hole below,
Fire Maringo, fire away!
Stay he must and then he'll go.
Fire Maringo, fire away!

When I get back to Liverpool Town,
Fire Maringo, fire away!
I'll pass a line to little Sally Brown.
Fire Maringo, fire away!

I'll haul her high and haul her low,
Fire Maringo, fire away!
I'll bust her blocks and I'll make her go.
Fire Maringo, fire away!

Oh, Sally, she's a pretty little craft,
Fire Maringo, fire away!
Hot shot to the fore and a rounded aft.
Fire Maringo, fire away!

Screw the cart and screw him down,
Fire Maringo, fire away!
Let's get the hell from the Hilo town.
Fire Maringo, fire away!