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Subject: Lyr Req: Song about Luke Kelly
From: Brakn
Date: 23 Feb 09 - 09:34 AM

A friend has asked me about this song but I can't say that I've ever heard it. Can anyone help?

This is all they remember. Gooogle turns up nothing.

It was in the springtime when the snow was going
and a cold wind blowing, that we laid him down.
People crying for a dream was dying
And the lights went out in old dublin town.

chorus.
Oh this old city can be grey or pretty
And the river Liffey can be blue or brown.
Friends were gathered some with stockings laddered
Some with purple cassocks some of great renown.

many thanks
Michael


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: THE DUBLIN MINSTREL (O’Donoghue)
From: quokka
Date: 23 Feb 09 - 10:09 AM

I don't know if this is what you're looking for but it's a bit similar... Attributed to O'Donoghue....anyone have any more info???

The Dublin Minstrel

From[C] Dublin[F] streets and roads and down the years
Came grea[C]t musicians and balla[G]deers
There was a[C] special one.a red haired[F] minstrel boy
And when he[C] passed away,a city[G] morned its favorite[C] son
[Chorus]
All[C] around the markets and down the[F] quays
The sad[C] news spread to the liber[G]ties
The minstrel[C] boy is gone,he'll sing no[F] more,
And[G] Luke somehow[C] we know,we'll never see your likes again.

He liked to laugh and sing,he loved a jar
And his songs rand out in many city bars
I walked by the old canal near which he used to live
Down Raglan Road I'm sad as he'd so much left to give

Now the show is over,the curtain's down
A flame no longer burns in Dublin Town
While the Liffy flows beneath the Ha'penny bridge
You'll be remembered Luke for all your songs and all you did.

Cheers,

Quokka


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about Luke Kelly
From: bubblyrat
Date: 23 Feb 09 - 10:12 AM

There's a very good song about Luke Kelly on the Dubliners 25 years anniversary album.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about Luke Kelly
From: Jack Campin
Date: 23 Feb 09 - 10:44 AM

"American Pie" has a lot to answer for.

If there is any subgenre of folk music which is so uniformly toecurlingly twee as to drive any normal listener out of the room screaming, it's songs memorializing other folk singers.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about Luke Kelly
From: Jim McLean
Date: 23 Feb 09 - 10:50 AM

Luke Kelly was a very good friend of mine and I'm sure he would be the first to agree with JackCampin.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about Luke Kelly
From: Brakn
Date: 23 Feb 09 - 10:59 AM

Amen.

Does anyone know it?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about Luke Kelly
From: MartinRyan
Date: 23 Feb 09 - 11:08 AM

I agree with Jack's sentiments - but think it's a bit hard on American Pie ! Didn't we have a monumental thread deconstructing that, a long time ago?

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about Luke Kelly
From: GUEST,Shaneo not logged in
Date: 23 Feb 09 - 11:51 AM

I'm nearly sure it's called ''Old Dublin Town'' written by Pete St.John and recorded by Patsy Watchorn.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about Luke Kelly
From: Brakn
Date: 23 Feb 09 - 05:08 PM

fresh


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about Luke Kelly
From: Brakn
Date: 24 Feb 09 - 11:41 AM

last time


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Subject: Lyr Add: LUKE'S SONG
From: bill\sables
Date: 24 Feb 09 - 03:45 PM

Luke's Song

'Twas in the Spring time when the snow was going
And the cold winds blowing that we laid him down
And the people crying for a dream was dying
And the lights went out in old Dublin Town

Sure this tough old city can be grey or pretty
And the River Liffey can be grey or brown
There's a missing face now and an empty place now
When the lights go out in old Dublin town

Old friends were gathered some with stockings laddered
Some with purple cassocks some of great renown
And the pipes were calling and the castles falling
And the lights went out in old Dublin town

But it's not all over for this wild old rover
Left a feast of music like a golden crown
And we'll try to wear it sure it's hard to bare it
When the lights go down in old Dublin town


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about Luke Kelly
From: Brakn
Date: 24 Feb 09 - 06:38 PM

Thanks for that Bill. Who did it?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about Luke Kelly
From: GUEST,hg
Date: 04 Mar 09 - 09:58 PM

What is the tune to Luke Kelly, Bill?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about Luke Kelly
From: bill\sables
Date: 05 Mar 09 - 05:11 AM

Guest hg, you would have to join mudcat so as I can pm you with my phone number and I could sing the tune down the phone, It's the only way I know
Bill


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about Luke Kelly
From: GUEST,send it to harpgirl, bill, I'm not a joiner
Date: 05 Mar 09 - 07:41 PM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about Luke Kelly
From: samundcandy
Date: 06 Mar 09 - 07:39 AM

Patsy Watchorn sang it with the Dublin City Ramblers. You can find it on the album "Flight Of Earls"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about Luke Kelly
From: GUEST,Jorrox
Date: 06 Mar 09 - 08:09 AM

Can I direct anyone with an interest to Liam Clancy's spoken piece 'Luke'. It is on his Yes Those Were The Days double CD.

I understand the comments earlier about not paying tribute etc etc, but give this a go. It never fails to move me, sometimes a bit too much.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about Luke Kelly
From: GUEST,minstrel
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 03:10 PM

Hi Quokka,
       Probably a bit late replying to your query but I've only seen it now.
       My name is Declan O'Donoghue and I wrote The Dublin Minstrel. I am the Irish horse racing correspondent for the Irish Sun.
       Paddy Reilly first recorded it many moons ago on The Gold And Silver Years and Celtic Collection CD/albums.
       Some years ago it enjoyed a revival, I think the Dublin City Ramblers were playing it and one night I heard The Dubliners singing it live on the Vincent Browne Radio Show which - a total coincidence I hope - was the last programme Vincent ever did on RTE!
       Next thing I knew The Dubliners had recorded it on their Live At Vicar Street DVD.
         
       Just one correction to the lyrics generally quoted as
    From Dublin's streets and roads and down the years
should read
      From Dublin's streets and roads all down the years
      
      Anyway thanks for the interest. The idea of the song came on the morning I heard on the radio that Luke had died, I was thinking of how the news must have swept across the city and how people would have reacted.
      Needless to say it's an honour to have a song about Luke recorded at all, let alone by people like Paddy Reilly and of course The Dubliners themselves.
      Hope this clears up some issues for you. Cheers


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