Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafemuddy

Post to this Thread - Sort Descending - Printer Friendly - Home


Lyr Req: Kerry Recruit / Congo Recruit

DigiTrad:
KERRY RECRUIT


Related threads:
(origins) Origin: Kerry Recruit (nonsense chorus) (17)
Tune Add: Kerry Recruit (4)


GUEST,AnCiotog 21 Oct 10 - 07:24 PM
GUEST,Lighter 22 Oct 10 - 12:18 PM
Crowhugger 22 Oct 10 - 12:30 PM
GUEST 26 Oct 10 - 09:50 AM
GUEST,^&* 26 Oct 10 - 09:58 AM
GUEST,AnCiotog 26 Oct 10 - 10:02 AM
GUEST,^&* 26 Oct 10 - 10:02 AM
GUEST,^&* 26 Oct 10 - 10:04 AM
GUEST,AnCiotog 26 Oct 10 - 10:08 AM
GUEST,morrisbrendon 26 Oct 10 - 03:12 PM
GUEST,AnCiotog 27 Oct 10 - 04:24 AM
GUEST,^&* 27 Oct 10 - 05:14 AM
Joe Offer 27 Oct 10 - 05:18 AM
GUEST,^&* 27 Oct 10 - 06:26 AM
Joe Offer 27 Oct 10 - 06:49 AM
GUEST,^&* 27 Oct 10 - 06:57 AM
GUEST,AnCiotog 27 Oct 10 - 06:05 PM
Share Thread
more
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:




Subject: Lyr Req: Kerry ai o
From: GUEST,AnCiotog
Date: 21 Oct 10 - 07:24 PM

Does anyone have the words of this song by any chance? A couple of lines are below, sorry I've so little of it!

I'll tell him before and I'll tell him again
My father and mother were two Kerrymen

Painted as brown as the berries in Sneem


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry ai o
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 22 Oct 10 - 12:18 PM

The first lines, or something very similar, appear in "The Kerry Recruit."


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry ai o
From: Crowhugger
Date: 22 Oct 10 - 12:30 PM

...which lyrics are here.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry ai o
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Oct 10 - 09:50 AM

It's similar to this one, but I think it's still a different song though probably based on it. There's a mention of "Slán beo to the Congo" I think.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry ai o
From: GUEST,^&*
Date: 26 Oct 10 - 09:58 AM

Sounds like it was an adaptation of the older song, at the time of the first Irish Army overseas peacekeeping operation in the then Belgian Congo - 60's or so?

I've never heard it, although the Kerry ai-o chorus line sounds vaguely familiar. I think there was a recent (within the last 2 years or so) book published which included soldiers' recollections of the mission. Might be worth checking out. Otherwise, the Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen (if that's still their title) may be the best bet.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry ai o
From: GUEST,AnCiotog
Date: 26 Oct 10 - 10:02 AM

Cheers guys. I've found a man who sings it, yippee! And he's on video singing it, so I'm hoping to transcribe the words as much as I can and maybe get the rest from him. There's a different air to it as well. Must check out that book as well if I can.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry ai o
From: GUEST,^&*
Date: 26 Oct 10 - 10:02 AM

The Irish mission ran 1960 - 1964, apparently.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry ai o
From: GUEST,^&*
Date: 26 Oct 10 - 10:04 AM

AnCiotog

Make sure to post them here, please!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry ai o
From: GUEST,AnCiotog
Date: 26 Oct 10 - 10:08 AM

I will, once they're sorted! The guy who sings it is in his late 60s now, so i reckon he would know who wrote it. I suspect it was someone either in the Muskerry Gaeltacht, or in South Kerry.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry ai o
From: GUEST,morrisbrendon
Date: 26 Oct 10 - 03:12 PM

Although I can't remember any of the words, this was "the Congo recruit" which was based on the "Kerry recruit". I heard it in the mid-60's sung by a group called the "Raparees" from Tralee. They were very popular on the pub circuit but I doubt if they ever recorded. Probably the best known version of the Kerry recruit is as recorded by the Dubliners, with a different tune and different chorus.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry ai o
From: GUEST,AnCiotog
Date: 27 Oct 10 - 04:24 AM

That makes sense that they'd be from Kerry. There are Kerry references in the song and it's sung by people in the Kerry and Muskerry areas, though I don't hear it much anymore.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry ai o
From: GUEST,^&*
Date: 27 Oct 10 - 05:14 AM

Click here to hear the inimitable Jimmy Crowley singing the song. I suspect it was his voice I was hearing with the chorus line in a corner of my mind.

BTW - there's a long spoken intro on the video. Skip about a minute if you're not interested!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry ai o
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Oct 10 - 05:18 AM

What's the name of the guy performing with Jimmy Crowley? It's Martin or Mairtin or something like that, and I forget his last name. I met him once, and he spoke very highly of Mudcat.

-Joe-


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry ai o
From: GUEST,^&*
Date: 27 Oct 10 - 06:26 AM

"Mairtin de Cogain" according to This Review.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry ai o
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Oct 10 - 06:49 AM

No wonder I couldn't remember his name...
Nice guy, though.
-Joe-


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry ai o
From: GUEST,^&*
Date: 27 Oct 10 - 06:57 AM

Click here for his website.

Máirtín is the Irish form of Martin.
de Cógáin is probably an Irish form of the surname Cogan - or possibly of de Cogan - it's of Norman French origin, IIRC.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kerry ai o
From: GUEST,AnCiotog
Date: 27 Oct 10 - 06:05 PM

,^&* You're a star. This is it! Well done you! I was missing the first two verses from the man I had on video, but this has them all.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
  Share Thread:
More...

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
From:
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")


Mudcat time: 21 February 9:59 AM EST

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.