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Lyr Req: Thousands Are Sailing (from Deanta)

Uli 01 May 99 - 03:00 AM
Benjamin Bodhránaí 01 May 99 - 03:39 AM
Brakn 01 May 99 - 06:18 AM
Brakn 01 May 99 - 06:27 AM
Benjamin Bodhránaí 01 May 99 - 01:18 PM
John Moulden 01 May 99 - 05:17 PM
Jim Dixon 21 Apr 05 - 07:14 PM
GUEST,tricia keigher 06 Apr 11 - 02:57 PM
Jim Dixon 09 Apr 11 - 06:51 PM
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Subject: Lyrics wanted : Thousands are sailing
From: Uli
Date: 01 May 99 - 03:00 AM

Hi everybody. I`m looking around for the words of "Thousands are sailing" which I heard on a Deanta tape


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Subject: RE: Lyrics wanted : Thousands are sailing
From: Benjamin Bodhránaí
Date: 01 May 99 - 03:39 AM

Not the one that goes "Thousands are sailing, across the western ocean, to a land of oppurtunity that some of them will never see" I would presume?

If yes reply and I'll bounce it. If not I'm sure someone else was discussing this on the forum recentlyish, but I'm timing out on the forum search.

Good Luck

BB


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Subject: RE: Lyrics wanted : Thousands are sailing
From: Brakn
Date: 01 May 99 - 06:18 AM

This is the pogues version.

Regards Mick Bracken

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Subject: Lyr Add: THOUSANDS ARE SAILING (from the Pogues)
From: Brakn
Date: 01 May 99 - 06:27 AM

Okay, this is the Pogues version.

The island it is silent now
But the ghosts still haunt the waves
And the torch lights up a famished man
Who fortune could not save

Did you work upon the railroad
Did you rid the streets of crime
Were your dollars from the white house
Were they from the five and dime

Did the old songs taunt or cheer you
And did they still make you cry
Did you count the months and years
Or did your teardrops quickly dry

Ah, no, says he, 'twas not to be
On a coffin ship I came here
And I never even got so far
That they could change my name

Thousands are sailing
Across the western ocean
To a land of opportunity
That some of them will never see
Fortune prevailing
Across the western ocean
Their bellies full
Their spirits free
They'll break the chains of poverty
And they'll dance

In Manhattan's desert twilight
In the death of afternoon
We stepped hand in hand on Broadway
Like the first man on the moon

And "The Blackbird" broke the silence
As you whistled it so sweet
And in Brendan Behan's footsteps
I danced up and down the street

Then we said goodnight to Broadway
Giving it our best regards
Tipped our hats to Mister Cohen
(I think that should be Cohan!!)
Dear old Times Square's favorite bard

Then we raised a glass to JFK
And a dozen more besides
When I got back to my empty room
I suppose I must have cried

Thousands are sailing
Again across the ocean
Where the hand of opportunity
Draws tickets in a lottery
Postcards we're mailing
Of sky-blue skies and oceans
From rooms the daylight never sees
Where lights don't glow on Christmas trees
But we dance to the music
And we dance

Thousands are sailing
Across the western ocean
Where the hand of opportunity
Draws tickets in a lottery
Where e'er we go, we celebrate
The land that makes us refugees
From fear of Priests with empty plates
From guilt and weeping effigies
And we dance

Regards Mick Bracken


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Subject: RE: Lyrics wanted : Thousands are sailing
From: Benjamin Bodhránaí
Date: 01 May 99 - 01:18 PM

Mick, I have a vague feeling that Deanta sing a song of the same title, but I'm presuming different words as not many "trad" musos do Pogues songs.

BB


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Subject: Lyr Add: THOUSANDS ARE SAILING TO AMERICA^^
From: John Moulden
Date: 01 May 99 - 05:17 PM

This is a more substantial version than that sung by Mary Dillon, who uses Andy Irvine's tune rather than the traditional one. These are published in my "Thousands are sailing: a brief song history of Irish emigration" (Ulstersongs, Portrush) - see http://members.aol.com/jmoul81075/ulstsong.htm and click on "books"

Liam's Brother has these for sale in US.

John Moulden

THOUSANDS ARE SAILING TO AMERICA

You brave Irish people wherever you be
I pray stand a moment and listen to me
Our sons and fair daughters are now going away
When thousands are sailing to America

CHORUS
Ah good luck to them now and safe may they land
They are pushing their way to a far distant strand
For here in old Ireland no longer can stay
For thousands are sailing to America

On the night before leaving bid the neighbours goodbye
And early next morning their hearts give a sigh
The tears from their eyes they are falling like rain
When the horses are starting going off for the train

CHORUS

Their friends do assemble and the neighbours also
When their trunks are packed up and fast ready to go
They do kiss their mother and with these words do say
Good-bye darling mother I'm now going away

CHORUS

When they do reach the station you'll hear their last cry
Their handkerchiefs waving and bidding good-bye
Their father he tells them be sure for to write
And he watches the train till she goes out of sight

CHORUS

They put their foot on the tender just leaving the strand
And give one look back to their dear native land
Their hearts are a-breaking for leaving the shore
Good-bye dear old Ireland will I ne'er see you more

CHORUS

It is God help the mother that rears up a child
It is now for the father he labours and toils
He tries to support them, he works night and day
And when they are reared sure they will go away

Chorus (end)

JM ^^


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Subject: Lyr Add: THOUSANDS ARE SAILING (from Tullamore)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Apr 05 - 07:14 PM

The song that The Pogues sing was written by Philip Chevron, a member of the band. The song that Deanta sings is called "traditional" on their album, "Deanta,"

Here's another version, from a band called Tullamore, from their album "Timber & Stream." I don't know whether it's what Deanta sang.

THOUSANDS ARE SAILING

You brave Irish heroes, where'er you may be,
Pray stand for a moment and listen to me.
Your sons and fair daughters are now going away,
And thousands are sailing to Amerikay.

CHORUS: So good luck to those people and safe may they land.
They're leaving their country for a far distant strand.
They're leaving old Ireland no longer to stay,
And thousand are sailing to Amerikay.

On the night before leaving, they are bidding goodbye,
And early next morning their hearts give a sigh.
They do kiss their mothers and then they will say,
"Farewell, dear old Father. We must now go away."

Their friends and relations and neighbors also,
When the trunks they are packed up and ready to go,
The tears from their eyes they fall down like the rain,
And the horses are prancing, heading off for the train. CHORUS

When they do reach the station you will hear their last cries,
With handkerchiefs waving and bidding goodbye.
Their hearts will be breaking on leaving the shore.
"Farewell, dear old Ireland. We will ne'er see you more."

I pity the mother, whoe'er reared up the child,
And likewise the father who labored and toiled.
To try to support them, they will work night and day,
And when they are reared up, they do go away. CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thousands Are Sailing (from Deanta)
From: GUEST,tricia keigher
Date: 06 Apr 11 - 02:57 PM

Has anyone got the chords of the Deanta/ Planxty version of Thousands are sailing I need them urgently!!
Thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thousands Are Sailing (from Deanta)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Apr 11 - 06:51 PM

Just out of curiosity--How does anyone urgently need the lyrics, chords, etc., of a folk song?

I see so many of these requests where people claim their need is urgent, yet they never explain why.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thousands Are Sailing (from Deanta)
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Apr 11 - 06:14 PM

I need them urgently as I am organising a unique bell ringing ceremony to commemorate 14 people who left a small rural village in Co Mayo in 1912 and unfortunately boarded the Titanic, sadly 11 perished and only 3 were saved. We are singing this song as part of the ceremony and its on tomorrow night thats why I need them urgently! HELP please!! see our website for more details www.mayo-titanic.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thousands Are Sailing (from Deanta)
From: azoic
Date: 13 Apr 11 - 08:59 PM

June Tabor and Sandy Denny.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thousands Are Sailing (from Deanta)
From: michaelr
Date: 13 Apr 11 - 09:14 PM

You should be able to suss it from this guy.

G, C, Em, D and an occasional Am.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thousands Are Sailing (from Deanta)
From: GUEST,Tuco
Date: 18 Mar 17 - 01:48 AM

I've always understood the horses to be "going off for the dray." As in drayage (baggage, trunks, etc. to be loaded onto the ship). Seriously doubt that these people were boarding a train from Ireland to Amerikay. :-)


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