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Lyr Req: This Irish Shore

Gabriel 21 Sep 17 - 03:50 PM
Jim Dixon 09 Oct 17 - 12:04 PM
GUEST,Martin Ryan 10 Oct 17 - 06:43 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: This Irish Shore
From: Gabriel
Date: 21 Sep 17 - 03:50 PM

This rather good song has only one recorded version that I can find. That is by Áine Uí Cheallaigh on the ITMA website.
This Irish Shore
The very start of the song is missing in the recording and there are bits of it that are indistinct to me. Does anybody have the lyrics? I can't find them in any of the usual places. Any history of the song would be welcome as well of course.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE IRISH SHORE (Áine Uí Cheallaigh)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Oct 17 - 12:04 PM

Here's my attempt at a transcription. Note there are several gaps. Corrections and suggestions are welcome. I also Googled with several phrases found here, and failed to find any similar lyrics.


THE IRISH SHORE
As sung by Áine Uí Cheallaigh, heard at the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

? Hibernia unto my narration,
I pray pay attention until I reveal
Without an address to our brave Irish nation,
? bankruptcy soon will prevail.
The badness of times and the weight of taxation
Are now universal the country all o'er.
The poor are distressed and their lowly condition
Cause our ? address upon this Irish shore.

The landlord will call for his rent at the quarter,
And the rector as ardently calls for his due.
To answer all these sure can be no easy matter,
For our wives and our children would need something too;
But the produce of labour with all our endeavour
Has proven quite unequal to pay off the score.
With a train of vile taxes one after another
We are loaded to death upon this Irish shore.

The Irish mechanic, the spinner and the weaver,
Will all bear testimony to what I say.
They loudly will cry for the want of the money,
Oh, the want of the money for it's all ta'en away.
Could the ? condescend but today or an hour
To uphold(?) the privations the poor must endure,
Oh they surely would use ev'ry means in their power
To grant some relief unto this Irish shore.

This beautiful nation has long been recorded
For friendship and sweet hospitality too.
The air of this island it could not be exceeded
If you were to travel the universe through;
But the greatest legislator we now must petition,
Whom kingdoms and people are taught to adore.
Only he now can better our lowly condition
And grant some relief unto this Irish shore.

Ah but I have been wasting my ink and my paper
In singing and writing the badness of times,
So now I'll away till I get some other matter
To furnish a song or to fill up my rhymes.
This country was a-thriving when Boney was a-?.
We had food and clothing and whiskey galore.
Ah but now that he lies upon the isle of Saint Helena.
Prosperity's fled from this Irish shore.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: This Irish Shore
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 10 Oct 17 - 06:43 AM

Hmmm... Should know this one? Sounds like one from Shiels of Dundalk. John Moulden will certainly know. If he doesn't post over next few days, I'll check with Áine.

Regards


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