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Thread #61622 Message #991714
Posted By: GUEST,still cookieless paddymac
27-Jul-03 - 10:32 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: No Irish Need Apply
Subject: Lyr Req: 'No Irish Need Apply'
I've been playing with a fascinating song called "No Irish Need Apply." I found it in a Pete Seeger book of labor songs from about 20 years ago (the book, not the songs). I have the lyrics, but am perplexed by a phrase in the third verse - "Millia Murther." The song is allegedly "trad", but - it seems to have something of a cutsy, Tin Pan Alley flavor about it. It's in 6/8 time (1/4, 1/8, 1/4, 1/8). I have a recording of it by Mick Moloney, which has a much more mournful feel to it, but I haven't listened to it for a few years. Can anybody here advise me as to the origin and meaning of "Millia Murther?"