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Thread #105491   Message #2172018
Posted By: GUEST,Bob Coltman
15-Oct-07 - 10:29 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Whiskey You're the Divil
Subject: RE: Origins: Whiskey You're the Divil

The Bodleian also has a song called "The Whiskey," not related, but it has two intriguing opening lines with the same sentiment:

Whiskey, you are my own darling,
I love you both early and late, ...

And finally, it's interesting that the four-line melody of

"Whiskey you're the divil, you're leadin' me astray,
Over hills and mountains, and [to Americay],
You're sweeter, cleaner, decenter, you're spunkier nor tay,
Oh whiskey, you're my darling, drunk or sober"

is echoed closely, though not exactly, in the 1913 pop song "Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby," written by James Royce Shannon (1881-1946), which premiered in the show "Shameen Dhu" produced by Chauncey Olcott, and later became a hit for Bing Crosby, who sang it in "Going My Way" (1944). Seems as if Shannon had been listening hard to Barrington's song!

"Toora" has had a long life and is still current as a favorite lullaby:

Toora loora loora, toora loora li,
Toora loora loora, hush now, don't you cry,
Toora loora loora, toora loora li,
Toora loora loora, that's an Irish lullaby.

A version was done by The Band on The Last Waltz. Info from: