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Lyr Req: Celtic Symphony (Wolfe Tones)

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Subject: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: bobemethelis@jungle.net
Date: 08 Jul 99 - 02:19 PM

Would someone be able to post the words to the Wolfe Tones' classic "Celtic Symphony"

We have heard it played at every W-T concert - and everyone sings along except us. Just cannot make out the words!


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: Big Mick
Date: 08 Jul 99 - 09:02 PM

I know we had a thread on this at one time, but the search engine keeps timing out on me. I will check my reference books a little later.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From:
Date: 24 Jul 99 - 10:25 AM

It was far across the sea when the devil got a hold of me
He wouldnt set me free so he kept my soul for ransom...
I'm a sailor man from Glasgow town I've roamed this world etc


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From:
Date: 10 Aug 99 - 11:21 AM

Celtic off tae a guid start. Gae tha bhoys!!!


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: Paddy
Date: 10 Aug 99 - 02:01 PM

I've got two WT songbooks, but the "Symphony" isn't in either of them. The line in the chorus that audiences seem to sing most enthusiastically is "ooh, ah, up da ra, say ooh, ah, up da ra." The words "up da ra" are generally thought to mean "Up the IRA".


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: Big Mick
Date: 11 Aug 99 - 02:32 AM

I have looked through everything I have and don't find it. I will have to wait until I have time and take the lyrics of the CD. I will try to get to it in the next few days.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: Len Wallace
Date: 12 Aug 99 - 02:29 AM

I will try and get the lyrics. I often play with a trio called "The Diggers" and it's a song we sometimes do, though I am not the lead singer in it.

It is a rocking song. And indeed the call "Oo ah, up the RA! Oo ah up the RA!, does refer to the IRA.

The Wolfe Tones make particular mention of this during their concerts when some people were singing "Oo ah, up their ass"

Many of the lyrics are good. I especially like the take on the lion sleeping in the jungle deep, since it I believe it refers to the old African liberation song, "Wimoweh".

Rather mystical tune all in all.

I would get the lyrics posted ASAP.

Len Wallace


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Subject: Lyr Add: CELTIC SYMPHONY (Wolfe Tones)
From: Big Mick
Date: 12 Aug 99 - 11:45 AM

It was far across the sea, when the divil got a hold of me
He wouldn't set me free, so he held me soul for ransom
NA NA NANANA NA, NA NA NANA NANA NA NA...
I'm a sailor man from Glasgow town, I've roamed this world around and 'round
He's the meanest thing that I have found in all me days of wanderin'
na na nana na na.......
And I could see his evil eyes, was den he took me by surprise
Take me to your paradise, I want to see the jungle
na na na nanana na.........

CHORUS
Here we go again, we're on the road again
We're on the road again, we're on the way to Paradise
We love the jungle deep, that's where the Lion sleeps
For then those evil eyes, they have no place in Paradise
Graffitti on the wall,just as the sun was going down, I saw graffitti on the wall
For the Celts, For the Celts
Graffitti on the wall that says we're magic, we're magic
Graffitti on the wall,.....Graffitti on the wall
And it says,
Ooh ah up the RA, say Ooh ah up the RA
Ooh ah up the RA, say Ooh ah up the RA
Ooh ah up the RA, say Ooh ah up the RA
Ooh ah up the RA, say Ooh ah up the RA
Ooh ah up the RA, say Ooh ah up the RA
Ooh ah up the RA, say Ooh ah up the RA
Ooh ah up the RA, say Ooh ah up the RA

musical interlude


We went to its jungle deep, for the Paradise that we did seek
was no trip for the weak, there waltzin' wit the natives
na na nana na na........
From the Amazon to Borneo, from Africa to Tokyo,
to the darkest jungles of the world but no where could I lose him.
na na nana na na .....
Around in circles every way, he turned to me and he did say
I t'ink you're leading me astray, I want your soul me boyo!!
na na nana na na.........

Chorus above


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: Marki
Date: 12 Aug 99 - 06:26 PM

This is for "Paddy".

I noticed you said that you have two Wolfe Tone songbooks.... Mind if I ask where one can get such a thing? Irish songbooks are rare here (Canada), and I've never come close to seeing a Wolfe Tones one!


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: Big Mick
Date: 12 Aug 99 - 08:44 PM

They can be purchased from Elderly Instruments in Lansing, Michigan. CLICK HERE to go to the page of their website that has these books. You will have to scroll to the bottom of the page if it isn't already there. They have a secure site to order from.

All the best,

Big Mick


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
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Date: 12 Aug 99 - 08:55 PM

Up the Ra' does signify support for the P-Ira, but the references to the jungle are to do with the now demolished terrace in Parkhead, Cletic F.C.'s ground. The references to the Lions are not African Music, the Lisbon Lions, the European Cup winning team of 1966, and their memory.

Its that simple.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: dean Tarrant
Date: 12 Aug 99 - 09:34 PM

Just returned from Scotland and Ireland- CODA has a marvellous selection of books available through their website.. cheers


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: Paddy
Date: 12 Aug 99 - 11:38 PM

Marki - Big Mick's response should solve your problem. I picked them up @ McCulloch-Piggots in Dublin a few years ago. If you strike out w/ Mick's lead, come back and I'll send you the publisher data. You've never really seen a WT show untill you see one w/ an Irish audience. It's a vastly different experience than any I've seen here in FL. I think that they exemplify the ancient bardic tradition and truly educate and inform their audiences about Irish history. Great guys off stage as well.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: Celtic-End Singer
Date: 13 Aug 99 - 09:09 PM

Celtic actually won the European Cup in 1967, beating Internazionale Milan 2-1 in the finalin Lisbon. Gemmil and Chalmers scored the goals after Celtic conceded a first-half penalty goal.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: Celtic-End Singer
Date: 13 Aug 99 - 09:12 PM

By the way, does anyone know when the Wolfe Tones next come to Glasgow, or where I can get tour info? I've never seen them live and would love to experience it all.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: Big Mick
Date: 13 Aug 99 - 10:28 PM

Jazus, CES, but you will enjoy the lads. They are marvelous in concert, consumate performers. And no one can sing a ballad like Tommy. If you want to get on the good side of Derek, offer to take him to a used book store. He is a gentleman and a true scholar and he loves old bookshops. I do too. Once about 10 years ago, the lads came to Grand Rapids for a concert. Derek asked me if I knew of any good used bookstores. I did and we spent the afternoon happily brousing the shelves. And I learned more Irish history in that afternoon, than I ever had before. Great time.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: Marki
Date: 16 Aug 99 - 02:34 PM

Thanks Big Mick & Paddy. You've been a great help. And yes, I'd love to see the Wolfe Tones live, but you know, the only Irish music ever playing live here is things like "Riverdance" which isn't exactly my idea of Irish music. I guess I'll have to make a trip over to Ireland one of these years.... Anyway, thanks again for your assistance. I really appreciate it!


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: Brendo
Date: 07 Sep 99 - 01:57 PM

the WT are great live.for a taste try their album LIVE ALIVE OH.it's a recorded performance,not nearly as good as the boys live but very good.


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: GUEST,john.envall@se.abb.com
Date: 17 Apr 00 - 01:15 PM

Hi there!

I have surfed around from here to eternity in search of the words of the fabulous song "Celtic Symphony" (Wolftones of course). Please help me someone???!!!


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: Big Mick
Date: 17 Apr 00 - 09:30 PM

John, just read this thread. You will find that I posted the lyrics on 12 August 1999 at 11:49 am.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: GUEST,john.envall@se.abb.com
Date: 18 Apr 00 - 12:31 PM

Hi Mick,

I discovered, just after having sent my quest, the heroic work you´ve done.

Thanks Mick and keep up the good work.

/John


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: NickKelly
Date: 19 Apr 00 - 08:34 AM

To whom it may concern here is the Wlofe Tones offical site http://www.wolfetonesofficialsite.com/


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: Mrrzy
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 12:30 PM

OK, but what is this song ABOUT? Why are the weak waltzing with the natives, in particular? Is this the Irish equivalent of The Devil Went Down to Georgia?


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 12:51 PM

I presume the natives are the Lisbonites? I imagine the Celtic supporters had a bit of a howl there!


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: Hillheader
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 02:16 PM

"The Natives" are the Scots supporters of Celtic Football Club. On the old terraces where you could stand rather than the sanitised (but much safer) seats we have now at Celtic Park there was frequently dancing if Celtic scored.

Incidently have seen the Wolfe Tones twice - once in Dublin in a pub that was so full we sat on ledges at the back of the seats and the seats themselves were taken. and once in Motherwell Civic Centre near Glasgow. To say they play to their audience is an understatement -- they are brilliant live. There rendition of "Joe McDonnell" has the audience eating from the palm of their hand. Well worth a listening, but not for monarchists!!

Davebhoy


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Subject: RE: Celtic Symphony - Wolfe Tones - Lyrics??
From: moondream
Date: 31 Dec 01 - 06:49 PM

Thank you , I have been searching everywhere for the lyrics to Celtic Symphony. It is very hard to sing along when you don;t know the words. Thanks again


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Celtic Symphony (Wolfe Tones)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Jan 06 - 01:04 AM

You can play a complete mp3 file by clicking on "Listen to 'The Celtic Symphony'" on the home page of The Ancient Order of Hibernians of Trenton, NJ.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Celtic Symphony (Wolfe Tones)
From: GUEST,oldbhoy
Date: 31 Jan 09 - 05:18 PM

Oh ah up the ra
say oh ah up the ra


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