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Thread #30123   Message #3498466
Posted By: GUEST
03-Apr-13 - 05:13 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/Add: Darby Kelly
Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Darby Kelly
Many thanks to everyone who has commented on this song. I knew it as Darby Kelly O when Status Quo revived it and it inspired me to include it in the instrumental middle section of Green Wood's 'Hard Times Of Old England'. I was brought up on Singing Together and assume that's where I must have retrieved it from in the dark corners of memory. As with many other comments research on this song is sparce but I go along with the Napoleonic Wars theory based on the songs reference although Ireland's Sun / Son in different versions is interesting as in the refrence to Ramillies. Was that a person or a battle ? Of course if one takes out the battle and person references there is the angle that the song is about 'Father like son' as all the Darby kelly's seem to have beat the drum in battle.I have now recorded the song as there seems very few versions around compared with the average folk song which usually has a lot to choose from.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z4zhcCSO0s