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Lyr Req: Killybegs (The Chieftains)

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Subject: Chieftans?
From: jamas@gil.com.au
Date: 17 May 97 - 10:40 PM

I've been trying to get the lyrics to "Killibegs" by the Chieftans but I've had no luck to-date. A couple of people have indicated that they might be able to supply them - but to date, the lyrics have still not appeared. If anyone can help (by posting the lyrics - not just "I think I know them" - and never to be heard from again} I would very much appreciate it.

Tony


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Subject: RE: Chieftans?
From: John
Date: 19 May 97 - 12:21 AM

Yes, I have transcribed them for you, will try and post them tomorrow.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BOYS OF KILLYBEGS (Tommy Makem)
From: John
Date: 19 May 97 - 07:37 PM

BOYS OF KILLYBEGS
(Tommy Makem)

There are wild and rocky hills on the coast of Donegal.
And the fishermen are hearty, brave and free,
And the big Atlantic swell is a thing they know right well,
As they fight to take a living from the sea.

CHORUS: With a pleasant, rolling sea and the herring running free,
And the fleet all riding gently through the foam,
When the boats are loaded down there'll be singing in the town,
When the boys of Killybegs come rolling home.

Well you've donned your rubber boots and you've got your oilskins on,
And you check your gear to see that it's okay,
And your jumper keeps you warm for it's cold before the dawn,
And you're ready to begin another day. CHO.

Now you're headed out to sea and the wind is running free,
And you cast your nets as rain begins to fall,
But the sun comes riding high and the clouds will soon go by,
And today you'll maybe take a bumper haul. CHO.

When the weather's blowing rough and the work gets very tough,
And the ropes will raise the welts upon your hands,
But you'll never leave the sea for whoever you may be,
When it's in your blood it's hard to live on land. CHO.

Well there's purple on the hills and there's green down by the shore,
And the sun has spilled his gold upon the sea,
And there's silver down below where the herring fishes go,
When we catch them there'll be gold for you and me. CHO.

Enjoy,
John

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 3-Jun-02.


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Subject: RE: Chieftans?
From: jamas
Date: 25 May 97 - 07:06 PM

Many thanks John - I'm not sure if this is the same song as I'm looking for. I'll try it later (I'm supposed to be working right now!) But whether it is or not many thanks anyway.

If it isn't - then I'll just have to learn this one!

Tony


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Subject: Cheiftans:Killibegs
From: jamas
Date: 23 Jun 97 - 11:59 PM

still searching ...


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Subject: RE: Cheiftans:Killibegs
From: lenny@journalist.com
Date: 24 Jun 97 - 02:16 AM

what are you searching for? lyrics? chords? the song is on the cheiftains "another country" cd.


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Subject: RE: Cheiftans:Killibegs
From: jamas
Date: 30 Jun 97 - 10:51 PM

lyrics


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Subject: Killybegs
From: John
Date: 06 Aug 97 - 12:56 AM

This subject keeps cropping up. Here are the words to the version that I know, with about four verses, as posted by me in late May.

Regards John


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Subject: Killybegs
From: GUEST,Tanner
Date: 04 Dec 00 - 06:06 PM

This is a fine neo-irish song recorded (and written) by The Chieftains on 'Another Country'.

Thanx in advance, Tanner


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Killybegs
From: mousethief
Date: 04 Dec 00 - 06:23 PM

I found this searching on google for "killybegs lyrics." It was the first "hit."

Killybegs

My heart was warm with family love as I slipped into a chair
Beside my Uncle John, my daughters 'cross the table there
I'd walked the docks in misty rain; a pain was in my legs
But I'd seen the dream of kinsmen in the boats of Killybegs

The banter of my uncle and my daughters filled the air
And the Gunning Brothers(?) next to us were glad that we were there
I was kind of quiet listening at the window ledge
For the music of the harbour, the birds of Killybegs

Down the coast not far was Galway land of joys and Kinnamar(?)
At their supper and asleep we would visit(?) there tomorrow
I worried if my words would e'er be sung by Irishmen
Or out here on the docks(?) like the fish of Killybegs

A radio was playing though we never heard a word
But the rhythm of the music was familiar if absurd
And hark'ning intensity(?) for silence did I beg
Oh, what a song was playing in the air of Killybegs

I couldn't quite believe it for it sounded rather strange
The instruments were different and the key had been changed
I reached to turn the volume up then teetered on my legs
A girl from Tipperary sang my song in Killybegs

-----

Alex


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Killybegs
From: Snuffy
Date: 04 Dec 00 - 07:24 PM

Do you mean the one where each verse ends:

"When the boys of Killybegs come rolling home"?


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Killybegs
From: Wolfgang
Date: 05 Dec 00 - 04:10 AM

old Mudcat thread with the lyrics

Wolfgang (admitting that the spelling 'Cheiftans' makes a search difficult)


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Subject: Lyr Add: KILLYBEGS (from The Chieftains)
From: GUEST,Paul
Date: 04 Nov 05 - 06:22 AM

Maybe a little to late for Tony, but here are my best stab at the lyrics (from listening to the song), so that anyone else who finds this page (like me) can get what they are looking for. But if anyone else has the definitive version, please post it.

My heart was warm with family love, as I slipped into a chair
Beside my Uncle John my daughters 'cross the table there
I'd walked the docks in misty rain; a pain was in my legs
But I'd seen the dream of kinsmen in the boats of Killybegs

The ban'er of my Uncle and my daughters filled the air
And the Donegalers next to us were glad that we were there
I was kind of quite listening out the window ledge
For the music of the harbour, the birds of Killybegs

Down the coast not far was Galway, and (planned) the joys from Connemara
After supper and a sleep, we would be going there tomorra'
I worried if my words would there sung by Irishmen
Or right here on the docks, like the fish of Killybegs

A radio was playin' though we never heard a word
For the rhythm of the music was familiar if absurd
A harkening intensity for silence did I beg
Oh what a song was playing in the air of Killybegs

I couldn't quite believe it for it sounded rather strange
The instruments were different and the key it had been changed
I reached to turn the volume up, then tears on my legs
A girl from Tipperary sang my song in Killybegs


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Subject: RE: Chieftans- Killybegs
From: Cluin
Date: 04 Nov 05 - 03:07 PM

Just to add a couple details...

Killybegs
written by Jimmy Ibbotson & Paddy Moloney
recorded on The Chieftains Another Country 1992
by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & The Chieftains with Jerry Douglas on dobro, Roy Huskey on bass, Bela Fleck on banjo and Sam Bush on mandolin
lead vocal by Jimmy Ibbotson



Second verse I hear as:

The banter of my uncle and my daughters filled the air
And the Donegallers next to us were glad that we were there
I was kind of quiet, listening at the window ledge
For the music of the harbour, the birds of Killybegs

third verse as:

Down the coast not far was Galway planned, the Joyce and Connemara
After supper and a sleep, we would be going there tomorrow
I worried if my words would `ere sung by Irishmen
Or rot here on the docks, like the fish of Killybegs

fourth verse:
I couldn't quite believe it for it sounded rather strange
The instruments were different and the key it had been changed
I reached to turn the volume up, then teetered on my legs
A girl from Tipperary sang my song in Killybegs


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Subject: RE: Chieftans- Killybegs
From: Cluin
Date: 04 Nov 05 - 03:08 PM

"would e'er be sung by Irishmen"


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Subject: RE: Chieftans- Killybegs
From: paddymac
Date: 04 Nov 05 - 05:33 PM

That "Another Country" CD is the only recording of this
"killybegs" I have heard, and it is super. The entire CD is surely a keeper. Talk about "crossover." It was a cross-over for the Chieftains, but it was more of a "homecoming" for folks joining up with them. Them roots gits pretty tangled after a generation or two.


Two quite different songs have been confused in this thread. To avoid further confusion, please post here (click) if you want to discuss KILLYBEGS by Jimmy Ibbotson (of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and Paddy Moloney (of the Chieftains), or here (click) if you want to discuss THE BOYS OF KILLYBEGS by Tommy Makem. --JoeClone, 6-Nov-05.


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