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Lyr Req: Michael Murphy (Robert West Whalley)

ChillToad 24 Jun 09 - 06:58 PM
Peace 24 Jun 09 - 07:04 PM
ChillToad 24 Jun 09 - 07:17 PM
Peace 24 Jun 09 - 07:22 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Song called Michael Murphy
From: ChillToad
Date: 24 Jun 09 - 06:58 PM

I was recently asked if I would sing a song called "Michael Murphy" or possibly "My name is Michael Murphy". All the person asking knew was that the eponymous Mr Murphy was from County Tyrone, the song lasts about 7 minutes, and is "very moving". Not a lot to go on, but I promised I'd try to find it.

Anyone out there got any ideas?


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Subject: Lyr Add: MICHAEL MURPHY (Robert West Whalley)
From: Peace
Date: 24 Jun 09 - 07:04 PM

MICHAEL MURPHY.
(Robert West Whalley)

My name is Michael Murphy, from the county of Tyrone,
I left my poor old mother in old Ireland all alone:
Our landlord has a stony heart, which never will relent,
And I've came here to "Lancasheer" to try to raise the rent.
I bade farewell to sweet Kathleen, acushla gra ma chree,
With my bundle on my back, an' sure I crossed the ragin' sea.
To cut your hay or reap your corn, I've rambled to your town;
Who will employ an Irish boy to cut the harvest down?

CHORUS:—
I'm merry Michael Murphy, from the county of Tyrone;
At reapin' or hay-makin' with the best I'll hold my own.
I've stood within your market-place, an' rambled through your town;
Who will employ an Irish boy, to cut the harvest down?

When I landed in at Liverpool, imagine my surprise
To see the wagon loads of food, enough to reach the skies!
I thought about my native home, and heaved a mighty groan,
Sure the English people get the meat and fling poor Pat the bone.
If Ireland could but get her own, how happy we would be;
And look upon the English boys as brothers o'er the sea.
Then treat poor Pat no longer like a 'lectioneerin' tool,
But help along old Gladstone, with his measure of Home Rule.

My brother Barney went away, a many years ago,
To fight among the English boys, for Britain's weal or woe.
Poor boy! He shed his Irish blood away in foreign lands,
And they left his bones to bleach upon the burning desert sands.
Sometimes I long to follow him,—and would, if I were free,—
And visit those great cities in the lands across the sea.
But I must not leave my mother dear to sob and sigh alone,
But raise the rent and hurry back to her and "Old Tyrone."


That is from

http://gerald-massey.org.uk/hull/c_blackburn_7.htm


However, there are over 100 songs with the title Michael Murphy (or a variant, so the chance is less than 1%.



Do you have any lyrics at all?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song called Michael Murphy
From: ChillToad
Date: 24 Jun 09 - 07:17 PM

Thank you, I'm impressed at the speed of your reply!. No I don't know any more of the lyrics, but this seems promising. The woman who requested it did suggest it was a bit longer though. She's a regular at the pub where I sing, so I'll run this past her next week. Do you know if its been recorded, or where I can find the tune?

I 'googled' and searched DT & Mudcat forums for Michael Murphy as a song, and drew a blank - but you say there are over 100?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song called Michael Murphy
From: Peace
Date: 24 Jun 09 - 07:22 PM

A site I saw in passing mentioned that there are over 100 songs with MM in the title. There seems to be no tune with that one CT (it's a poem)--however, done slowly it might hit seven minutes or so. And many poems have been set to music. If at all possible, could you ask the lady whether or not she can 'flesh out' ANYthing about the song? The story line, a phrase or two, stuff like that.

Also, keep in mind the time difference between us and Ireland. They are 5-8 hours ahead of North America.

Anyway, please know that even the most seemingly minute detail could help track the song. So, absolutely anything she knows about it would be of help locating it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song called Michael Murphy
From: Peace
Date: 24 Jun 09 - 07:25 PM

OOPS. Pardon me all to heck and back. The site that said over 100 MM songs referred to the singer Michael Murphy. SO, let me withdraw that statement.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song called Michael Murphy
From: ChillToad
Date: 24 Jun 09 - 08:00 PM

Thanks Peace - I already got sidetracked by MM the singer. Believe me, I have every intention of trying to get further with this, and trying to "flesh out" the song if I can. She has promised to try to recall more, but sadly I shan't be back to that pub till next Wednesday, so unless you or anyone else comes up with anything else in the meantime, I'll pick up this thread again then.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song called Michael Murphy
From: Peace
Date: 24 Jun 09 - 08:01 PM

Sounds good. I have it 'traced', so when you do get back to it, I'll be sure to look in.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Michael Murphy (Robert West Whalley)
From: ChillToad
Date: 08 Jul 09 - 06:50 PM

Partial success! The lady who wants the song recognised the words of the RW Whalley poem as being the song in question. She refuses to even try to hum the tune, so no luck there. It seems her ex-boyfriend recorded it from the radio on his mobile phone and used to sing it to her so she's now trying to find out if he still has it. Interestingly, she said she heard it sung last year at a wedding, in a village about 10 miles from Blackburn in Lancashire. So, the quest continues...


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