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Thread #12454   Message #98404
Posted By: John Moulden
23-Jul-99 - 06:35 AM
Thread Name: Lyr/Tune Req: The Green Fields of Canada
Subject: RE: The Green Fields of Canada.
Paddy Tunney's "Green Fields of Canada" has a much longer relative on Ballad Sheets, called the "Green Fields of America." It is virtually certain that lines in Paddy's version, like the one Henry (I'm being stubborn - he was Henry when I met him forty years ago, and the same when I met him over coffee yesterday) quoted - "Away o'er the ocean go journeymen tailors, and fiddlers who flaked out the ould mountain reels" to say nothing of dancers taking "splanks" out of the stone floor with their hobnails, are poetic fancies of Paddy's added to what he received traditionally.

Not that such an act is objectionable - rather the reverse, but some people might like to play "spot the Tunneyism" in Paddy's songs - how about his "Out of the window" which has the line "Where hand-slapping dealers loud shouts rend the air"?