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Origins: Boys of The County Cork - lyric query

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Rog Peek 22 Jan 13 - 06:51 AM
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Rog Peek 22 Jan 13 - 09:03 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BOYS OF THE COUNTY CORK
From: Rog Peek
Date: 22 Jan 13 - 06:51 AM

THE BOYS OF THE COUNTY CORK
(Trad. Arr. Ron Kavana)

Raise the brave battalions who fought the Black and Tans,
From the Liffey, Nore and Shannon, from the Lagan shore and Ban,
All honour to those heroes who for duty did report,
But the best of all our soldiers were the boys of the county Cork.

chorus
Some o' them came from Dublin, some o' them came from Clare
Some o' them came from Antrim, from Wicklow and Kildare,
Some they them came from London, from Glasgow and New York,
But the boys who beat the Black and Tans were the boys of the County Cork.

Rifles and revolvers were all that we possessed,
A stick or two of gelignite for arms we were hard pressed,
Yet we used them gamely and stalled the 'Tans so dark,
And none had so much bravery as the boys of the County Cork.

Chorus x2


RP Jan2013

These are the lyrics on Ron Kavana's 'Irish Song of Rebellion, Resistance and Reconcilliation'. These lyrics seem to be quite different to others I have been able to find, anyone any idas as to origin?

Rog


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Subject: Origins: Boys of The County Cork - lyric query
From: Rog Peek
Date: 22 Jan 13 - 08:21 AM

I posted a verion of lyrics to 'The Boys of The County Cork' above. They are the lyrics on Ron Kavana's 'Irish Song of Rebellion, Resistance and Reconcilliation'. These lyrics seem to be quite different to others I have been able to find, anyone any ideas as to origin?

I posted this as it occured to me that I might get less visits to a simple "Lyr Add".

Rog


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Subject: RE: Origins: Boys of The County Cork - lyric query
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Jan 13 - 08:32 AM

You mean the one the Makems did, which include

"Here's to the boys from Kerry
And here's to the boys from Clare
From Dublin, Wicklow, Donegal
And boys from Old Kildare.
They came from a land beyond the sea
From Boston and New York,
But the boys who beat the Black and Tans
Were boys from the County Cork."


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BOYS OF THE COUNTY CORK
From: Rog Peek
Date: 22 Jan 13 - 09:03 AM

No, I think those start with "Well, you've read in history's pages the heroes of great fame... and are posted elsewhere on Mudcat.

The lyrics Ron sings are these:

Raise the brave battalions who fought the Black and Tans,
From the Liffey, Nore and Shannon, from the Lagan shore and Ban,
All honour to those heroes who for duty did report,
But the best of all our soldiers were the boys of the county Cork.

chorus
Some o' them came from Dublin, some o' them came from Clare
Some o' them came from Antrim, from Wicklow and Kildare,
Some they them came from London, from Glasgow and New York,
But the boys who beat the Black and Tans were the boys of the County Cork.

Rifles and revolvers were all that we possessed,
A stick or two of gelignite for arms we were hard pressed,
Yet we used them gamely and stalled the 'Tans so dark,
And none had so much bravery as the boys of the County Cork.

Chorus x2

Rog


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BOYS FROM THE COUNTY CORK
From: GUEST,999
Date: 22 Jan 13 - 09:05 AM

This is the CB and TM version--or one of them. I have no idea which came first, but this version contains the Chorus and two stanzas of the one you posted the link for, Rog.

THE BOYS FROM THE COUNTY CORK

Chorus:
We'll meet the boys from Kerry; we'll meet the boys from Clare
From Dublin, Wicklow, Donnegal and the boys from old Kildare
Some came from the land beyond the sea, from Boston and New York
But the boys who beat the Black and Tans were the boys from the County Cork

You've read in the history's pages the heroes of great fame
The deeds they've done, the battles won and how they won their fame
But the boys who made the history for the Orange, White and Green
Were the boys who died in Dublin town in Nineteen Sixteen

Chorus

Praise the brave battalions who fought the Black and Tans
From Liffey, Noor and Shannon, from Lagan Suir and Bann
Our honor to those volunteers who for duty did report
Yet the best of all the soldiers were the lads of the County Cork

Chorus

Now Cork gave us McSweeny a martyr who did die
And Wicklow gave us Michael Dwyer in the days so long gone by
And Dublin gave us Padric Pearse, McBride and Cathal Brutha
And America gave us DeValera to lead old Ireland through

Chorus

Rifles and revolvers were all that we possessed
A stick or two of gelignite for arms we were hard pressed
Yet we used them gamely 'gainst all that they did sport
And none had so much bravery as the Boys of the County Cork

Chorus
Chorus


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Subject: RE: Origins: Boys of The County Cork - lyric query
From: Rog Peek
Date: 22 Jan 13 - 10:03 AM

Got that, many thanks 999.

Rog


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Subject: RE: Origins: Boys of The County Cork - lyric query
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Jan 13 - 01:17 PM

Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH) has sheet music described thus:

THE BOYS OF COUNTY CORK
Words and music by Shaun O'Nolan
New York City: Tara Music Co., ©1946.

[First line:] You'll find in history's pages heroes of great fame
[First line of chorus:] Some of them came from Kerry some from the County Clare


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Subject: RE: Origins: Boys of The County Cork - lyric query
From: Rog Peek
Date: 22 Jan 13 - 02:23 PM

So not "Trad" afer all.

Prompted me to look up Shaun O'Nolan: Tenor, piper, recordng artist, and composer of many songs including 'Kerry Long Ago' and 'Boys of the County Cork'.
Bit more here o Mudcat.

Rog


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