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Lyr Req: Rambling Rover (Andy M Stewart)

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GUEST,irishenglish 16 Oct 07 - 11:45 PM
Emma B 16 Oct 07 - 11:57 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Andy M Stewart song
From: GUEST,irishenglish
Date: 16 Oct 07 - 11:45 PM

Does anyone have the complete lyrics to Andy M.Stewart's Rambling Rover? I know most of it, but get a bit lost around the disease portion (bent with arthiritis, bowels have got colitis, etc.)! I have a bit of trouble sometimes with Andy's wonderful (but very Scots)accent! Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Andy M Stewart song
From: Emma B
Date: 16 Oct 07 - 11:57 PM

try this


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Subject: Lyr Add: RAMBLIN' ROVER (Andy M. Stewart)
From: Nerd
Date: 16 Oct 07 - 11:59 PM

RAMBLIN' ROVER
(Andy M. Stewart)

CHORUS
There's sober men and plenty and drunkards barely twenty
There are men of over ninety who have never yet kissed a girl
But give me a ramblin' rover, frae Orkney down tae Dover
We will roam the country over and together we'll face the world

I have been throughout our nation ta'en delight in all creation
I've enjoyed a wee sensation when the company did prove kind
And when partin' was no pleasure, I've drunk another measure
To the good friends that we treasure for they always are in wir minds

chorus

There's many who feign enjoyment from merciless employment
Their ambition was this deployment from the minute they left the school
And they save and scrape and ponder while the rest go out and squander
See the world and rove and wander and we're happier as a rule

Chorus

When you're bent up with arthritis, your bowels have got colitis
You've got gallopin' bollockitis and you're thinkin' it's time you died
If you've been a man of action, but you're lyin' there in traction
You can gain some satisfaction thinking "Jesus, at least I tried!"

Chorus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rambling Rover (Andy M Stewart)
From: GUEST,irishenglish
Date: 17 Oct 07 - 07:03 AM

EmmaB, Nerd, thank you very much! I love that last verse!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rambling Rover (Andy M Stewart)
From: Seaking
Date: 17 Oct 07 - 07:24 AM

Sean Cannon does (or certainly used to) do a great version of this with the Dubliners. The lyrics are very clear on the CD recording.

Chris


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rambling Rover (Andy M Stewart)
From: GUEST,irishenglish
Date: 17 Oct 07 - 10:33 AM

Bob Fox did a version as well, and with Fairport on Cropredy Chronicles. As I said, I just didn't understand the galloping bollockitis bit.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rambling Rover (Andy M Stewart)
From: GUEST,Doc
Date: 17 Oct 07 - 10:43 AM

*Bollockitis -A mysterious aching pain in the right testicle that appears on and off for 6 months.*   (According to the urban dictionary)


Hope this helps, it was a simple enough google search.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rambling Rover (Andy M Stewart)
From: Joe_F
Date: 11 Apr 12 - 01:46 PM

Warning: whimsy & vulgar curiosity --

When I first heard this song, I was fooled by the multiple rhyme & galloping rhythm into thinking it was Irish -- despite the repeated mention of Orkney & Dover, which eventually clued me in. Indeed, it & its author are 100% Scottish.

That, however, left a puzzle. My knowledge of the Christian religion is small, but somehow I have trouble imagining a Presbyterian saying "Jesus, at least I tried!". Does Mr Stewart perhaps belong to a Scottish *Catholic* family? (I once witnessed that phenomenon myself. Many years ago, while walking in -- I think it was -- Aberdeen with another young American tourist I had met at the station, we stopped in front of a brick edifice that the guidebook identified as a cathedral. I mused, "What does a cathedral mean in Scotland?" which brought a smile to the face of a priest who just happened to be passing.) Googling furiously, I found many mentions of a recent performance by him (at an Irish evening!) in a Catholic high school in Pittsburgh, PA.

Not proven.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rambling Rover (Andy M Stewart)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 11 Apr 12 - 08:02 PM

I've been fascinated with the tune as well. Does anyone know if it is traditional or was it also composed by Andy M. Stewart?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rambling Rover (Andy M Stewart)
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 11 Apr 12 - 08:16 PM

According to his songbook, The Andy M Stewart Collection, he wrote the music as well. I like the "stage direction" to sing the song "joyfully"!
Incidentally there are some minor differences in the words from what is posted above, but none that radically alter the sense of it; and also the second and third verses are interposed, but it may be that it varies from this written collection on the recordings.


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