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ORANGE AND THE GREEN


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Subject: Lyrics?
From: Matt Larson
Date: 17 Mar 97 - 03:08 PM

I've heard this song several times in the last month, and I have to know the lyrics...it's driving me crazy! The only line I can recall is the last line of the chorus, which is "My father he was orange and my mother she was green"... Any help would be appreciated, before I go out of my gourd...

Matt Larson


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From: Ralph Butts
Date: 17 Mar 97 - 04:07 PM

Matt...

Do a find on "lyrics required". We did this one on a thread emding Mar 4th.

...Tiger


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From: Frank
Date: 23 Mar 97 - 03:23 PM

Probably what you are looking for is a song "This is the biggest mixup that I have ever seen, my father was an Orange man and my mother, she was Green." It's called the "Orange and the Green". Is this the song?


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From: Ken Smith
Date: 19 Apr 97 - 04:31 PM

Matt That is an old Irish Rovers recording on their Unicorn album. It tells of the marriage of an Irish Catholic and Protestant and the problems with their offspring. A very funny song. I have the lyrics and will post them if you like.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE ORANGE AND THE GREEN^^^
From: ambrose
Date: 19 Apr 97 - 11:07 PM

Matt:

Here are the lyrics... I hope you know the tune. Wish I could hum a few bars for you.

THE ORANGE AND THE GREEN:

(Chorus)
It is the biggest mixup that you have ever seen,
My father he was orange and me mother she was green.

Oh, my father was an Ulster man, good protestant was he,
My mother was a Catholic girl, from County Cork was she.
They were married in two churches, lived happily enough
Until the day when I was born, and things got rather tough.

(Chorus)

Baptised by Father Riley, I was rushed away by car,
To be made a little Orange man, me father's shining star.
I was christened David Anthony, but still in spite of that,
To me father I was William, while me mother called me Pat.

(Chorus)

With my mother every Sunday, to Mass I'd proudly stroll.
Then after that the Orange lads would try to save my soul.
For both they tried to claim me. but I was smart because,
I'd play the flute, I'd play the harp, dependin' where I was.

(Chorus)

One day me ma's relations came 'round to visit me,
Just as my father's kinfolk were all settin' down to tea.
We tried to smoothe things over but they all began to fight,
And me bein' strictly neutral I'd fight everyone in sight.

(Chorus)

Now My parents never could agree about my type of school.
My learninn' was all done at home, that's why I'm such a fool.
They both passed on, God rest 'em, but left me caught
between, That awful color problem... of the Orange and the Green.

(Chorus)


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Subject: RE: Lyrics? -
From: John
Date: 21 Apr 97 - 03:32 AM

As I recall the tune is "The Wearin' of The Green".


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE ORANGE AND THE GREEN^^
From: rlandry@incentre.net
Date: 11 Apr 97 - 04:51 PM

THE ORANGE AND THE GREEN


Chorus: Oh it is the biggest mix up that you have ever seen,
My father he was Orange and me mother she was Green.

Oh, my father was an Ulsterman, proud Protestant was he.
My mother was a Catholic girl, from County Cork was she.
They were married in two churches, lived happily enough,
Until the day that I was born, then things got rather rough.

Chorus: Oh it is the biggest mix up that you have ever seen,
My father he was Orange and me mother she was Green.

Baptized by Father Reilly, I was rushed away by car,
To be made a little Orangeman, my father's shining star.
I was christened David Anthony but, still, in spite of that,
To my father I was William, while me mother called me "Pat".

Chorus: Oh it is the biggest mix up that you have ever seen,
My father he was Orange and me mother she was Green.

With Mother every Sunday, to Mass I'd proudly stroll,
And after that the Orange Lodge would try to save my Soul.
For both they'd try to save by, but I was smart because,
I'd play the flute or play the harp dependin' where I was

Chorus: Oh it is the biggest mix up that you have ever seen,
My father he was Orange and me mother she was Green.

One day me ma's relations came down to visit me,
Just as my father's kinfolk were all sitting down to tea.
We tried to smooth things over but they all began to fight,
And me being strictly neutral, I'd bash every one in sight.

Chorus: Oh it is the biggest mix up that you have ever seen,
My father he was Orange and me mother she was Green.

Now my parents never could agree about my type of school.
My learning was all done at home, that's why I'm such a fool.
They both passed on, God Rest 'Em, but left me caught between,
That awful colour problem of the Orange and the Green.

Chorus: Oh it is the biggest mix up that you have ever seen,
My father he was Orange and me mother she was Green. ^^


I had this in a WP file. The cut and paste seems to work.


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From: scouse@mailbox.eol.nl
Date: 13 May 97 - 07:32 PM

Everone forgot to say that it was written by Noel Murphy A graet Chap knew him well in the old days of the folk scene All the best Boys and girls Luv Phil :-)


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From: Gene
Date: 30 Nov 97 - 12:42 PM

RENEW


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From: Alice
Date: 30 Nov 97 - 02:25 PM

Thanks, Gene. Alice


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From: bigj
Date: 15 Dec 97 - 06:51 PM

Hey Scouse, I think you mean TONY Murphy don't you? He was one of the regulars at the Washouse Folk Club in London Road Liverpool back in the 60's when it was run by Bill Moore and Pete McGovern (Author of 'In My Liverpool Home'). Noel Murphy. on the other hand, is the bloke who wrote the singable version of 'Murphy and the Bricks'.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics? -
From: Wolfgang Hell
Date: 16 Dec 97 - 07:15 AM

A very old thread has refreshed a very old memory:
The first two lines and the structure have been popular even before ?. Murphy used them for (t)his variant.

"Oh, he is the greatest mix up that I have ever seen,
his father is a German and his mother is a queen..."

has been sung about the son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and has been sung, more recently, about Prince Charles (Alastair MacDonald did that, I'd say).

Wolfgang


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