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Thread #7891   Message #47874
Posted By: Bobby Bob, Ellan Vannin
03-Dec-98 - 06:33 PM
Thread Name: Lyr ADD: Mrs. McGrath (University-Dubliners)
Subject: RE: LYR REQ : Mrs. McGrath
Just to correct some things that didn't seem quite right when I was writing it, but now I've put my finger on why.

First of all, The Kerry Recruit was on a 1965 album 'The Dubliners in Concert', recorded at Cecil Sharp House in London in December 1964, where Bobby Lynch (not Casey - silly me) was with the group in place of Luke Kelly.

The Kerry Recruit is a different song - same theme/basic story, but that's the one made popular by Seumus Ennis:

At the age of 19 I was diggin the land
With me brogues on me feet and me spade in me hand.
And says I to meself, "Such a pity to see
Such a fine strapping lad spreadin turf round Tralee."

With me toorumenya, etc.

Mrs McGrath is a different song,

"O Mrs McGrath," the Sergeant said,
"Would you like to make a soldier out of your son, Ted?"

The Dubliners performed a version (Trad, arr Dominic Behan) on a 1968 album, Drinkin' & Courtin'.

Sorry about the infelicities. Glad of the opportunity to correct them first!

Shoh slaynt reesht,

Bobby Bob