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Thread #14602   Message #736527
Posted By: GUEST,Philippa
25-Jun-02 - 10:57 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Daniel O'Connell and His Steam Engine
Subject: RE: Daniel O'Connell & His Steam Engine
From what you've said I don't see any great difference in Paddy Graber's song and the DT version and the others in this thread before the entry on "As I passed over the gap." That last lyric entry of 1 June 02 is the one that has significant differences from the others. The following is pasted from the DT, which comes from my memory of the words Edith Fowke transcribed from OJ Abbot - compare it with what you posted here in one of your messages of 22 Oct. 1999

I am an old woman that's going on eighty,
Scarcely a hair on my head to be seen,
But if the villain provokes me I'll make better children
Than ever he could produce with his steam!"
"Good luck to you, woman," replied the bold tinker
"Long may you live and have youth on your side.
For if all the young women of Ireland were like you
O'Connell might soon shove his engine one side"

"I think every woman who is in this country
Should be out making babies as fast as she can
So if ever her majesty calls for an army
We'll be able to send her as many as Dan"