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Subject: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: Barbara
Date: 31 Aug 08 - 09:12 PM

I got this in an email from Faith Petric yesterday, and I asked her permission to post it here as it seems too good not to share. She wrote:
   "Barack Obama indeed has Irish ancestry. As he has said "I've got pieces of everybody in me." Church documents, census, immigration and other records tracked down by U.S. genealogists show that Obama's great-great-great-grandfather, Fulmuth Kearney, reared in Moneygall, County Offaly , Ireland, came to the US in 1850 at age 19. His family line eventually produced Ann Durham who married Barack Obama, a Kenyan. In l961 they had a son also named Barack Obama, now running
for President of the United States.
    The town of Moneygall has one stop light, two pubs, and a population of 298 which is delighted. Villager Henry Healy, 22, says:
"Sure it's great! It would be brilliant if he won because for on
thing he is related to me, and also it would be good for the village."   The Irish Corrigan Brothers wrote the first three verses and chorus of the song below, Shay Black contributed verses 4 and 5, Chris Caswell number 6 - there are lots, lots more!
    Shay hosts the regular Sunday evening music sessions at the Starry
Plow in Berkeley, California where the song has been sung with a new
verse added each week.

^^
Barack O'Bama
Lyrics: The Corrigan Brothers, Shay Black and Chris Caswell
Sung to the tune of: Sweet Betsy from Pike
Traditional tune based on 19th century song
"Villikins and His Dinah"


Chorus
O'Leary, O'Reilly, O'Hare, O'Hara
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama
From the old Blarney Stone to the green Hill of Tara
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama.

You don't believe me, I hear you say
But Barack's as Irish as was our JFK
His granddaddy's granddaddy came from Moneygall
A village in Offaly, well known to all.

He's as Irish as bacon and cabbage and stew
He's Hawaiian; he's Kenyan; American too
And if he succeeds and he has a chance
I'm sure that our Barack will do Riverdance.

From Kerry and Cork to old Donegal
Let's hear it for Barack, from old Moneygall
From the Lakes of Killarney to old Connemara
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama.

His mam's daddy's granddaddy was one Falmuth Kearney
He's as Irish as any from the Lakes of Killarney
His mam's from a long line of great Irish mammas
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama.

He looks after his own, a true son of St. Patrick
He chose as his mate, Joe Biden, a Catholic,
Proddies, Jews, Muslims, even the Dalai Lama
Know there's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama

From Spain 'cross the waters, from France and beyond,
Our people have come and though many have gone
We remain what we are when we all started out
And of the Black Irish, Barack's one, no doubt.

Tooral ­U, tooral ­OO tooral ­OO, toor a lama
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama

    From Joe Offer: This message about attribution appears below:
      Folks
      very important that this song is credited to Hardy Drew and the Nancy boys from Limerick Ireland.Ger ,Brian and Donncha Corrigan.
      Theres no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama
      We gave Shay permision to write extra verses.
      Adding extra verses to Hey Jude does not mean it was co written with the Beatles.
      Appreciate if you are posting Shays cover of the song that you reference the origal song and credit it appropriately.
      We are flattered that our song has been covered but disappointed about the way it has been posted.
    Also see earlier YouTube recording by Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: Alice
Date: 31 Aug 08 - 09:15 PM

The Irish of Butte, Montana, love him, too and call him O'Bama. There are bumperstickers and tee shirts for O'Bama all over Montana.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: Genie
Date: 31 Aug 08 - 09:37 PM

Apparently Barack has some Irish ancestors who were wig makers for the aristocracy back in the day, and some Irish newspaper recently ran an article titled something like "Irish Bigwig, Barack O'Bama."   LOL


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: Barbara
Date: 01 Sep 08 - 01:00 AM

Faith tells me that the Corrigan brothers recorded the song under the name Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: katlaughing
Date: 01 Sep 08 - 01:10 AM

I hope they put it on youtube. What fun!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: Leadfingers
Date: 01 Sep 08 - 07:43 AM

If 'Dirty Old Town' (Ewan MacColl) and 'No Man's Land' (Eric Bogle) can be 'Irish' songs why shouldnt Barak O'Bama be iris as well !


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: Charley Noble
Date: 01 Sep 08 - 10:02 AM

I was wondering if this "Irish Song" would be a parody of the Tom Lehrer one: rickity-tickity-tin!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: Wolfgang
Date: 01 Sep 08 - 11:43 AM

The really relevant song here is

The whole world turning Paddy

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: Seán Báite
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 02:54 AM

It was the same in the early 70s alright Wolfgang - if they thought it'd get them a few million votes, they learned 'If You're Irish Come into the Parlour' quick sharp...
Well done to The Starry Plow version too, gets the Florida votes..

Following up on Genie's comment here are a couple of articles relating to Obama's ancestry from the newly free Irish Times (including mention of the wigmakers) :
Obama Ancestry Traced to 18th Century Dublin

Obama Ancestor Opposed Corruption in Dublin


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: gerrr
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 04:22 PM

hello all
I'm Ger Corrigan from Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys, we wrote this song

its on Youtube just key in " theres no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama"

we have appeared on Hardball and Newsweek with this

played a big gig for Obama in Moneygall in June and have a new country and western track out next week called |whwn president obama comes back home to Moneygall"

also visit

www.hardydrew.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: gerrr
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 04:24 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eKZryEAzUg

the youtube link


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 04:26 PM

And the middle name's quite in keeping too. Hassan is quite a common surname in Ireland.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: GUEST,Greycap
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 07:47 PM

Hey, Guys,
Don't go overboard with enthusiam.
Remember, this guy's a politician.
If you vote for a politician, you'll likely get one.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: gerrr
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 01:24 PM

true my friend

the story is great though

we played a gig in moneygall in June and met a lot of his distant relatives

do pass on the youtube link

his team received the song and love it


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: GUEST,Sharon Carl
Date: 26 Sep 08 - 08:01 PM

This from Shay Black. The tune is NOT 'Sweet Betsy from Pike'.

At last, a song that chronicles in verse Barack Obama's historic journey to become the first Black Irish President of the United States.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EADUQWKoVek
Hit the phrase on the bottom right of the screen that says "Watch in high quality."

Recorded on September 14th, 2008 at the Sunday night Irish music session at the Starry Plough pub in Berkeley, California.
http://www.starryploughpub.com/history/
This is an open music and song session, now running weekly for over thirteen years.

The basics of the song started with the Corrigan Brothers in Ireland.   www.HardyDrew.com
Extra verse contributions (in some form) by Shay Black, Celia Ramsey, Chris Caswell, Walter Askew (Salty Walt), Craig Johnson, Tom Clancy, Barry Gleeson, Dave Sahn, Peter Heelan.

Please forward, and if you can't learn all the words, learn and sing the chorus.

Yes, we can.

~ Shay Black
black-brothers.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Sep 08 - 08:43 PM

OK, Sharon, I'll agree the tune is not "Sweet Betsy from Pike" in the Shay Black recording, although the lyrics work with "Betsy." The tune is very familiar, but I can't place it - what is it? Hey, maybe it's "Betsy" mixed with "Hallelujah I'm a Bum."

Say, welcome to the Mucat Cafe, Sharon. It's always a pleasure to sing with you, and it's nice to see you here.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: Barry Finn
Date: 27 Sep 08 - 12:00 AM

HeHeHe, what a great song, lovely job Shay, nice to see & hear you again. There's a slight difference in what Shay's sings & what's posted above, noted espically is a verse towards the end that mentions MaCain, it's a classic verse. Also seated to Shay's right (left as you're looking at the screen) is mudcatter Loni & to his left (our right) holding the fiddle is Chanteyranger. I should also mention that the session's far older than 13 yrs, I was out there in 79-80 & it was a strong weekly session then though I don't know how long Shay's been running it & I know it's been quite a long time I do know that over the yrs I had a chance to to drop in from time to time & it's one of the best sessions I can think of, the playing & singing is always top shelf.
Seeing & hearing that video has me wishing I could get back out there.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Sep 08 - 12:16 AM

Thanks for the link, Sharon!! I love it!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: Noreen
Date: 27 Sep 08 - 11:30 AM

Excellent! Just got this from Shay too, and was about to post it here.


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Subject: ADD Verses: Barack O'Bama
From: GUEST,Boocal
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 02:23 PM

This song has been spreading, virus-like, on You Tube. It chronicles in verse Barack Obama's historic journey to become the first Black Irish President of the United States.

See:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EADUQWKoVek
Hit the little button that says "Watch in high quality."

Recorded by Cal Herrmann, with help from Micha Dunston, on September 14th, 2008 at the Sunday night Irish music session at the Starry Plough pub in Berkeley, California.
http://www.starryploughpub.com/history/
This is an open music and song session, now running weekly for over thirteen years.

The basics of the song started with the Corrigan Brothers in Ireland. www.HardyDrew.com They placed a vid on You tube. The extra words, with a different interpretation and presentation, by Shay Black at Lark Music camp in August '08.


Barack O'Bama
Lyrics: The Corrigan Brothers, Shay Black and Chris Caswell
Shay challenged people to write extra verses and these contributions came from Celia Ramsey, Chris Caswell, Walter Askew (Salty Walt), Craig Johnson, Tom Clancy, Barry Gleeson, Dave Sahn, Peter Heelan.
-----------------------
Chorus:                                                        
O'Leary, O'Reilly, O'Hare and O'Hara                 
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama
From the old Blarney Stone to the green Hills of Tara
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama

You don't believe me, I hear you say        
But Barack's as Irish as our own JFK
His granddaddy's granddaddy came from Moneygall
A village in Offaly, well known to you all.

His mam's daddy's granddaddy was Falmuth Kearney
He's as Irish as any from the Lakes of Killarney
His mam's from a long line of great Irish Mamma's
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama

He's as Irish as bacon and cabbage and stew                
He's Hawaiian; he's Kenyan; American too.
And if he succeeds and he has a chance
I'm sure that our Barack will do Riverdance

He looks after his own, a true son of St. Patrick
He chose as his mate, Joe Biden, a Cat'lick,
Proddies, Jews, Muslims, even the Dalai Lama
Know there's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama.

Our Barack's a hero, I've heard them say
Fenian to Kenyan, the American Way
He's Cuchulainn, Liongo, not Vishnu or Brahma
But there's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama

A name is a name and there's no doubt about it
Barack O'Bama's name, you can shout it
Whether apostrophe or inverted comma
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama.

Now you Hillary supporters don't you vote for McCain
And the VP needs brains, so forget about Palin
With Cheney and Bush, they are all ignorama
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama

From Kerry and Cork to old Donegal
Let's hear it for Barack, from old Moneygall
From the Lakes of Killarney to old Connemara
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama

Last Chorus:                                                         
Tooral - U,
Tooral - S,
Tooral - A,
Toor a lama                 
There's no one as Irish as
Barack O'Bama

Transferred from duplicate thread.
el joe clone


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Subject: RE: Barack Obama's Irish heritage, in song
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 02:30 PM

Not sure whether this is in very good taste. It certainly doesn't appeal to me, as either clever or funny.

JM

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Subject: RE: Barack Obama's Irish heritage, in song
From: astro
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 02:44 PM

Not only is it good taste, but a good song too! Very clever and funny...


A little mudslingin in politics come from our forebears...nothing like a good fight to wake you up!

I sent the URL to my son in Seoul, who also likes the song a lot too...

astro...with no apostrophe....

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song - Irish heritage in song
From: Barry Finn
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 02:54 PM

This song is like an earworn. I started singing it in the bar at the Portsmouth Maritime folk fest & had 5 voices joining in on the chorus (reading it over my shoulder, love it.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song - Irish heritage in song
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 03:19 PM

Yes, it is, Barry! I learned the chorus and now it in there, going round and round and rou.....**bg**


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song - Irish heritage in
From: Noreen
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 05:24 PM

Good taste, Giok?? It's true! (And clever and funny)

I would love to know who thought of rhyming Fenian with Kenyan, though....!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song - Irish heritage in song
From: ClaireBear
Date: 30 Sep 08 - 08:25 AM

It was the "ignorama" that really got to me. LOVE that rhyme!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song - Irish heritage in
From: Stringsinger
Date: 30 Sep 08 - 04:02 PM

McCain is most dead and McPalin don't know it,
McPalin is brain dead and Johnny don't know it,
They're both of them dead in the very same bed
And Obama will lead them away out ahead.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song - Irish heritage in song
From: PoppaGator
Date: 30 Sep 08 - 05:17 PM

Comment from my brother, an American living in England:

"...featuring the British Isles pronunciation 'Barrick'."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song - Irish heritage in song
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Oct 08 - 11:11 PM

My almost 5 year old grandson, Morgan, almost has the chorus of this down. He loves it and asks me to sing it constantly. The other day he had some paper and pen. Made some scribbles on it and brought it to me. I asked him to tell about what he'd "written." He told it was his "new Obama song!"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song - Irish heritage in
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 06:44 PM

It was debuted at The Press Room Friday night by Dave Hallowell -- who has since written a few more verses.

It was reprised at a Cape Neddick (Maine) music "par-tay" today in all its glory.

Tune used is definitely NOT "Sweet Betsy From Pike" -- I think it's as Shay Black has done it.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song - Irish heritage in
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 12:36 PM

Folks

very important that this song is credited to Hardy Drew and the Nancy boys from Limerick Ireland.Ger ,Brian and Donncha Corrigan.

Theres no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama

We gave Shay permision to write extra verses.

Adding extra verses to Hey Jude does not mean it was co written with the Beatles.

Appreciate if you are posting Shays cover of the song that you reference the origal song and credit it appropriately.

We are flattered that our song has been covered but disappointed about the way it has been posted.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song - Irish heritage in song
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 02:59 PM

Search Youtube for Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys: (click).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song - Irish heritage in
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 09:50 PM

Barry Finn did a nice rendition of this song at the recent Getaway in the Washington, DC, area.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: Lyr Add: There's No One As Irish As Barack O'Bama
From: Genie
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 02:28 AM

YouTube: "There No One as Irish as Barack O'Bama!"


Print the words and bring them to sing with us on Mondays until the election!

"There No One as Irish as Barack O'Bama!"
by the Corrigan Brothers aka Hardy Drew & the Nancy Boys

Permission is given by the Corrigan Brothers to add verses
UTube from the Starry Plough

CHORUS:
O'Leary, O'Riley, O'Hare & O'Hara;
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama!
From the old Blarney Stone to the green hills of Tara,
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama!

You don't believe me when I hear you say
That Barack's as Irish as our own JFK.
His grandaddy's grandad came from old Moneygall,
A village in Offally well known to you all.

His mam's daddy's granddaddy was one Falmouth Kearney.
He's as Irish as any from the likes of Killarney.
His mam's from a long line of great Irish mama.s
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama!

He looks after his own, a true son of St. Patrick.
He chose as his mate, Joe Biden, a Catholic.
Proddies, Jews, Muslims, even the Dalai Lama,
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama!

Our Barack's a hero, I've heard them say,
Fenian to Kenyan, it's the American way.
He's to Holland, Liango, not Vishnu or Brahma.
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama!

A name is a name, there's no doubt about it.
Barack Obama's name, we can shout it.
Whether apostrophe or inverted comma,
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama!

Now, you Hillary supporters, don't you vote for McCain,
And the VP needs brains, so forget about Palin.
With Cheney and Bush, they are all ignorama -
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama!

From Kerry to Cork to old Donegal,
Let's hear it for Barack from old Moneygall.
From the lakes of Killarney to old Connemara
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama!

Toora-U, Toora-S, Toora-A, Toora-lama
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama!
Toora-U, Toora-S, Toora-A, Toora-lama
There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama!
Another posting of lyrics transferred from new thread.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: Barry Finn
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 09:36 AM

Linn, it was heard in the Press Room during the Maritime Festival.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird)
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 09:59 PM

Cross-reference to the thread about songs using the air Villikens and his Dinah.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: michaelr
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 11:21 PM

It is time for this song to GO AWAY.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Obama Irish song
From: Barry Finn
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 12:50 AM

Not at all Michaelr! It was sung tonight (not lead be me) at at our Friday night session at the Press Room (Portsmouth NH) & last Monday evening at the Green Briar in Brighton/Boston, US, Irish trad session ) I was requested by a bouch of the old time Irish musicians to sing it. All it needs now is an update from the campain song it was to the backing of the Prez's song that's it getting morph'd into.

There is a slight veriation between the way the Corrigan Brothers (formerly known as Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys) sang it, which is close to "Villikens and his Dinah" & the way Shay sings it. I've only heard it (& that the way I sing it) sung the way Shay sang it on U-Tube & truth be told I like it Shay's way & perfere to sing it that way. So I guess when I do sing or refere to it (the song ) I guess I'll have to give both credit but in all fairness the Corrigan Brothers (or should it go to 'Hardy Drew & the Nancy Boys') would be deserving on the lion's share of the credit, after all they are the creator's but their tune would I suspect be Trad? What about the chorus you ask? Are there any Corrigan brother's reading this, it's now getting foggy & we/I might benifit from you sheeding some light.

Reguardless, you did a fantastic job on the song & you should get the recognition due you(s).

Barry


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