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Origins: Irish Lass

GUEST,George Frampton 05 Oct 12 - 12:09 PM
Steve Gardham 05 Oct 12 - 04:22 PM
Steve Gardham 05 Oct 12 - 04:28 PM
MartinRyan 05 Oct 12 - 05:15 PM
GUEST,George Frampton 05 Oct 12 - 05:26 PM
MartinRyan 05 Oct 12 - 05:51 PM
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Subject: Origins: Irish Lass
From: GUEST,George Frampton
Date: 05 Oct 12 - 12:09 PM

Could anyone identify the provenance of this song once performers by a Dopver publican in the 1930s (yes, the same innkeeper responsible in the 'butchers' query elsewhere in recent threads!)? This time I have lyrics, as transcribed verbatim (including misspellings and punctuation) from said gentleman via his grandson. I'm not sure if he meant Moligarde or Molidarde which is spelt as such both ways, esp as Google gives no hits for either place name.

Irish Lass

It was in the town of Moligarde whisky rum and joy
Kissing all the pretty girls and bothering all the boys
I fell in love with a dark eyed girl from the town of Pat Makay
She soon got drinking something hot which didn't smell much like tay.

Chorus

Her hair was as black as a raven's wing her throat was like a swan
She was one of the finest Irish girls that ever the sun shone on
I axed her out upon the green to dance the Rocky Rue
And she fairly won of heart of Paddy MCCarey.

Her father is a farmer and he lives so mighty grand
In a little old mud cabin he's got horses cows and land
I axed my darling how she'd like to live with me for life
She said you've got the Blarney thanks (??) so I made her my own dear wife.

Welive as happy as a king in a cottage by the lake
I never go our or roam about for my dear Norah's sake
We often go top Molidarde and I shan't forget the day
When I fell in love with this dark eyed girl from the town of Pat Makay.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Irish Lass
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 05 Oct 12 - 04:22 PM

Moligarde is near enough phonetically to Mullingar, but it's certainly not 'Pat of Mullingar'.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Irish Lass
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 05 Oct 12 - 04:28 PM

George,
It's called Paddy Casey and there's a copy on the Bodleian site at 2806 b 11 (182) and it is Mullingar.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Irish Lass
From: MartinRyan
Date: 05 Oct 12 - 05:15 PM

Interesting one.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Origins: Irish Lass
From: GUEST,George Frampton
Date: 05 Oct 12 - 05:26 PM

Cheers, Steve.
That's one I owe you!

It;s going be interesting how the song became bowdlerised.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Irish Lass
From: MartinRyan
Date: 05 Oct 12 - 05:51 PM

Click here for the copy in the Bodleian.

Note "in the tent of Pat McCay" rather than "in the town...".

Anyone heard it sung in recent times?

Regards


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