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Songs about Dublin's Thomas 'Bang Bang' Dudley

GUEST 15 Jun 12 - 08:39 AM
Joe Offer 07 Aug 13 - 09:20 PM
Joe Offer 08 Aug 13 - 05:15 AM
MartinRyan 08 Aug 13 - 09:18 AM
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Subject: Origins: Lord Dudley (Bang Bang)
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 08:39 AM

A man in my local sings a song about Dublin character Bang Bang (Thomas Dudley).
The chorus contains the line:
    'You're a foreigner if you come from either side.'
Does anybody know anything of the origins of this ballad?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Lord Dudley (Bang Bang)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Aug 13 - 09:20 PM

Haven't found the song, but here are a couple of things to explore about Thomas "Bang Bang" Dudley:


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Subject: ADD: Bang Bang (Tony McGaley)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Aug 13 - 05:15 AM

I looked through all the links above, and I was really taken by the story of Thomas "Bang Bang" Dudley, a Dublin street character who died in 1981. When Dudley would get off a bus, he'd pull a big key out of of his pocket and pretend it was a gun, shouting "Bang Bang" as he pointed it at the conductor. Sometimes, everyone on the bus would follow suit.

This thread requests a song about "Bang Bang" that has this line in the chorus:
    'You're a foreigner if you come from either side.'
I didn't find that song, but I found a video of a song by Tony McGaley that's a parody of the Sonny & Cher song with the same title: http://vimeo.com/album/1491306/video/24695745

I've transcribed it as well as I can, but I'm sure I'm missing a lot of it. Can somebody listen through the recording and offer corrections? I wonder if I met Tony McGaley when I went to the Bray and Song Central singarounds in May of last year.


BANG BANG
(Tony McGaley)

I was seven and my brother was eight
And my mother used to say, "Don't stay out late,"
And then with a smile she'd also say,
"Keep well away from the 50-A."

Bang Bang, he'll shoot you down
Bang Bang, that awful sound,
And all this was a mystery,
How he'd shoot so many with a church door key.
Bang Bang, he's a legend in Dublin Town.

Bang Bang lived in New Street Lane,
And his big hero was John Wayne,
And after watching John in a matinee,
He'd jump a bus and go on a shootin' spree

Bang Bang, he'd shoot at us
Bang Bang, from the back of the bus
And half the people in Dublin Town,
Would join in his game and they'd all fall down,
Bang Bang, he's a legend in Dublin Town.

Now Bang Bang never owned a horse,
So instead he'd smack his own arse.
So then he'd go … down the street,
Shootin' at everyone he'd meet

Bang Bang, he'd pull the trigger
Bang Bang, there was no one quicker
Some would fall and some would run
Everybody thought it was great fun
Bang Bang, he's a legend in Dublin Town.

And I remember one night in the month of May,
When my mother brought us all to see a play,
All the actors, they were doin' fine,
When all of a sudden, they forgot their lines,
        
Bang Bang, he marched down the aisle
With his magic key and his crazy (?) smile
And we all cheered, 'cos we didn't know,
He wasn't supposed to be part of the show,
Bang Bang, …. … huzzah! (?)

Now, Bang Bang romps those heavenly plains,
He finally teamed up with his hero John Wayne,
His likes again we'll never see,
Unless you believe in Willie O'Dea.

Bang Bang, he'll shoot you down
Bang Bang, in Dublin Town
And if you go to Pearce Street Library,
You can have a gawk at his magic key.
Bang Bang, he's a legend in Dublin Town.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Lord Dudley (Bang Bang)
From: MartinRyan
Date: 08 Aug 13 - 09:18 AM

Verse 5 Line 2:

"So instead, he'd smack his own arse!" [added -Joe-]

Good fun, that video! How many 'catters can you spot?

Regards


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Subject: RE: Origins: Lord Dudley (Bang Bang)
From: MartinRyan
Date: 08 Aug 13 - 09:54 AM

Verse 3 Line 4:

"He'd jump a bus and go on a shootin' spree" [added -Joe-]

Willie O'Dea [added -Joe-] was/is an Irish politician. Not sure of the reference.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Origins: Lord Dudley (Bang Bang)
From: GUEST,george henderson
Date: 08 Aug 13 - 01:38 PM

Yes Joe,
You would have met Tony in Bray, Howth and Goilin

He wrote the song.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Lord Dudley (Bang Bang)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Aug 13 - 03:28 PM

The video brought back the good time I had singing with George and Martin and Al and Fergie and others in Ireland last year - and also their wonderful hospitality.

-Joe-


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