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Lyr Req: Me Grandfather Died (Peg & Bobby Clancy)

GUEST,Anne 26 Mar 14 - 10:50 PM
maeve 27 Mar 14 - 08:10 AM
Jim Dixon 27 Mar 14 - 07:59 PM
maeve 28 Mar 14 - 06:06 AM
Dave Earl 28 Mar 14 - 08:06 AM
maeve 28 Mar 14 - 08:26 AM
Snuffy 28 Mar 14 - 09:43 AM
GUEST 28 Mar 14 - 01:58 PM
GUEST,John K. Bilsbury 20 Dec 15 - 08:58 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Me Grandfater died and peace be with him
From: GUEST,Anne
Date: 26 Mar 14 - 10:50 PM

I am looking for the lyrics for a song that starts "Me Grandfather died and peace be with him. In dyin he did not forget me." It appears on an Best of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem album that is titled Home to Ireland. The cd jacket credits it to Peg and Bobby Clancy and it is titled Me Grandfather Died. I am having trouble making out some of the lyrics so any help would be appreciated


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Me Grandfater died and peace be with him
From: maeve
Date: 27 Mar 14 - 08:10 AM

Guest Anne- You'll likely get some good help with your request if you take the time to post the lyrics you've been able to transcribe. I'll check this thread later, and you're still needing help, I'll do my best. I suspect, though, that someone here will have already lent a hand.

Just show us whatever you have figured out so we can step in where needed to clarify the rest.

Maeve


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Subject: Lyr Add: ME GRANDFATHER DIED (Peg & Bobby Clancy)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Mar 14 - 07:59 PM

ME GRANDFATHER DIED
As sung by Peg Clancy & Bobby Clancy on "Songs from Ireland" (2007)*

1. Me grandfather died and peace be with him.
In dyin' he did not forget me.
In makin' his will sure he wrote with a quill,
And 'tis many's the thing did he leave me.

CHORUS: Tie-yoodle, tie-yum, tie-yilly, aye-yum.
Wax for the toora-lye-air-o.

2. He left me a skillet, a pot and a griddle,
A knife and a fork that would open,
Some silly matters, a few pewter platters,
Faith, aye, and a ten-penny token.

3. He left me a dresser with hooks for the mugs,
A few holy books and a table.
For readin' me prayer-book and skippin' hard words
Sure 'tis right well you know that I'm able.

4. He left me nine hens that would lay ev'ry day,
Nine geese and a good-lookin' gander,
A brown-berry cock; he's the pride of the flock
And he goes like a marchin' highlander.


[* I believe the same recording appears on several other albums, but this one seemed the clearest. The version I heard on Spotify said "digitally remastered 2011"]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Me Grandfather died and peace be with him
From: maeve
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 06:06 AM

Many thanks, Jim.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Me Grandfather died and peace be with him
From: Dave Earl
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 08:06 AM

Ye gods I've been singing this (in the bath/shower ) for years!

Didn't think it had come up on anyone else's radar

Dave


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Me Grandfather died and peace be with him
From: maeve
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 08:26 AM

Does your version match Jim Dixon's timely transcription, Dave? (Good to see you!)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Me Grandfather died and peace be with him
From: Snuffy
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 09:43 AM

Generic similarities to this nonsense rhyme which appears in several mummers plays. We sometimes sing it, using the tune of either "Yankee Doodle" or "The Girl I Left Behind Me".

My father died the other night and left me half his riches:
A wooden leg; a feather bed; a pair of leather breeches;
A coffee pot without a spout; a jug without a handle;
A guinea-pig without a wig; and half a farthing candle.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Me Grandfather died and peace be with him
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 01:58 PM

Hi Maeve

Yes matches but I don't sing the second of his verses. For no other reason than I never learnt it


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Me Grandfather Died (Peg & Bobby Clancy)
From: GUEST,John K. Bilsbury
Date: 20 Dec 15 - 08:58 AM

The Shropshire Bedlams, a Border Morris side from the cradle of the industrial revolution, perform a dance called "Half A Farthing Candle" and sing the verse Snuffy quotes above. They also sing a second verse about the bloke's mother dying the next day, written by one of their number. I can't find it written or recorded anywhere, and my only recollection is that the last line is "And the other half of the candle."
Could anyone put me out of my misery, please?

Cheers,
JKB.


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