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Lyr Req: Ballad of Jack Larkin (John ? Flatharta)

Spancilled 29 Nov 17 - 08:56 PM
GUEST,teemu 30 Nov 17 - 03:27 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Ballad of Jack Larkin (John ? Flatharta)
From: Spancilled
Date: 29 Nov 17 - 08:56 PM

I love ballads and recently came across one on YouTube that I had never heard of before. Being intrigued, I went to search for the lyrics and to my surprise could not find them anywhere. I spent some time listening to both versions that I found online and attempted to transcribe the lyrics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N34Qdo1f9mo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edgDIG8Ni9A (better version in my opinion)

I have captured what I could, see below. Unfortunately there are some words I just could not make out, these are marked with ? ? ? and are place names in California.

I would like to learn the Ballad. Could anyone help me fill in the gaps?

BALLAD OF JACK LARKIN
It was in the hungry forties when old Ireland lay in bloom
Thousands sailed from Galway Bay to find a brighter home,
among them were three comrades who were brave and bold and strong
And they came from Dinish Island off the LetterMullen shore.

The streets of Philadelphia they had heard were paved with gold,
but very soon they realized it melted with the snow
the fights of hunger know no bounds as they make a young man groan
so they went to California a hunting for the gold.

They staked a claim beside the hill called as the ?   ?   ?
and started digging in to it some fortunes for to horde,
The promise to their parents the day the left the their home
was to bring it back to Dinish off the LetterMullen shore.

McDonagh went to town one day to russle up some stores
he was killed by three Bandidos who robbed him of his hope
John Folan and Jack Larkin they wakes him at their home
And they buried him beside his flame at the side of ? ? ?

And the mound was patted down and the three Hail Marys said
They placed a little wooden cross as a marker on his head
Jack Larkin faced and told the east that he swore a mighty roar
There was blood for blood he'd have revenge or never face at home

That very day Jack went to town with his pistol in his belt
and he went into the tavern where they killed his cousin Pat
He called out the Bandidos and when the fight was o'r
the three of them were lying dead upon the borrowed floor

Jack took a bullet in his back and for three long weeks he lay
and then one night a fall and says I'll never see the day
I'll tell my folks in Dinish if you ever make it back
That I got the three Bandidos the got my cousin Pat

He was buried with his cousin in the grave upon the Hill
With a marker at his head and feet and the three Hail Marys said
Before the mound was patted down Jack Larkins Mighty soul
Was flown back home to Dinish off the LetterMullen shore


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Jack Larkin (John ? Flatharta)
From: GUEST,teemu
Date: 30 Nov 17 - 03:27 PM

Here's what I got from it:

BALLAD OF JACK LARKIN
It was in the hungry forties when old Ireland lay in bloom
Thousands sailed from Galway Bay to find a brighter home,
among them were three comrades who were brave and bold and strong
And they came from Dinish Island off the Lettermullan shore.

The streets of Philadelphia they had heard were paved with gold,
but very soon they realized it melted with the snow
the fangs of hunger knew no bounds as they made the young man groan
so they went to California hunting for the gold.

They staked a claim upon the hill called as the montrahall? <<<
and started digging in to it some fortunes for to horde, <<<
They promised to their parents the day they left their home
was to bring it back to Dinish off the Lettermullan shore. <<<

McDonald went to town one day to rustle up some stores
he was killed by three bandidos who robbed him of his hope/gold <<<
John Folan and Jack Larkin they waited at their home
And they buried him next/beside to his flame at the side of montrahall <<<

And when the mound was patted down and the three Hail Marys said
They placed a little wooden cross as a marker on his head
Jack Larkin faced an’ to the east he swore a mighty roar
There was blood for blood he'd have revenge or never show his face at home

That very day Jack went to town with his pistol in his belt
and he went into the tavern where they killed his cousin Pat
He called out the bandidos and when the fight was o'r
the three of them were lying dead upon the bar room floor

Jack took a bullet in his back and for three long weeks he laid
and then one night he said (for sure) I'll never see the day <<<
(but) you'll tell my folks in Dinish if you ever make it back
That I got those three bandidos who killed my cousin Pat

He was buried with his cousin in the grave upon the hill
With a marker at his head and feet and the three Hail Marys said
Before the mound was patted down Jack Larkin’s mighty soul
Had flown back home to Dinish off the Lettermullan shore


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BALLAD OF JACK LARKIN
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 01 Dec 17 - 03:16 PM

I listened to both versions. Although the second singer sings beautifully and clearly, there are several points where his words don't make sense and I think he got them wrong. Therefore I based my transcription more on the first version. Sorry; I haven't solved the problem with the California placenames, but I did verify the spelling of the Irish ones at logainm.ie. The songwriter's and singer's names are taken from the video:


THE BALLAD OF JACK LARKIN
Written by Eddie Bheairtle Ó Conghaile
As sung by Liam Hart on YouTube.

It was in the hungry forties when old Ireland lay in gloom.
Thousands sailed from Galway Bay to find a brighter home.
Among them were three comrades who were brave and strong and bold,
And they came from Dinish Island off the Lettermullan shore.

The streets of Philadelphia they had heard were paved with gold,
But very soon they realized it melted with the snow.
The pangs of hunger know no bounds; they make the young look old,
So they went to California a-hunting for the gold.

They staked a claim beside the hill known as the {...},
And started digging into it some fortunes for to hoard.
It was a promise to their parents on the day they left their home:
They'd bring it back to Dinish off the Lettermullan shore.

McDonagh went to town one day to rustle up some stores.
He was killed by three banditos who robbed him of his hope.
Folan and Jack Larkin they waited at {their home},
And they buried him beside his flame on the side of {...}.

And when the mound was patted down and the three Hail Marys said,
They placed a little wooden cross as a marker on his head.
Jack Larkin faced into the east and he swore a mighty oath
There was blood for blood; he'd have revenge or never show his face at home.

That very day Jack went to town with his pistol in his belt,
And he went into the tavern where they killed his cousin Pat.
He called out the banditos, and when the fight was o'er,
The three of them were lying dead upon the barroom floor.

Jack took a bullet in his back and for three long weeks he lay,
Till one night he says to Folan: "Sure I'll never see the day,
But tell my folk in Dinish if you ever make it back;
Tell 'em I got the bastards that killed my cousin Pat."

He was buried with his cousin in the grave upon the hill,
With a marker at his head and feet and the three Hail Marys said.
Before the mound was patted down Jack Larkin's mighty soul
Had flown back home to Dinish off the Lettermullan shore.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Jack Larkin (John ? Flatharta)
From: Spancilled
Date: 01 Dec 17 - 11:41 PM

Excellent! Thank you. Very Helpful

Agreed on him getting a few words wrong, may be a simple mistake or could be the typical version changes you see with Ballad going from one singer to another. I found the LogAimn too.

I did a genealogy search and the Larkin and McDonagh names match up with Census and Parish records close to that era. Could not find Folan.

Will keep researching maps of the California Gold Rush. I sent an email to a Comhaltas Chapter in Galway Ireland too, they are close to Connemara and may have the original lyrics


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Jack Larkin (John ? Flatharta)
From: GUEST,Teemu
Date: 20 Dec 17 - 06:34 PM

Yeah I have been singing this song a while now, such pleasant melody. Great work on that transcript but there's still parts that I think are different from the songs:

The pangs of hunger know no bounds; they make the young look old,
The pangs of hunger knew no bounds; they made the young look old,

And they buried him beside his flame on the side of {...}.
And they buried him beside his claim on the side of Montroya Hall.

Jack took a bullet in his back and for three long weeks he lay,
Jack took a bullet in his back and for three long weeks he laid,

I looked at the correct form of "bandito" or "bandido" and it seems to have italian origin from the word "bandito" so I guess that's the correct word. Albeit "Bandidos" motorbike club have made the latter more known.

And I found this place called "Montroya Hall". Could it be the place's name? https://www.whitepages.com/name/Montroya-Hall/Sacramento-CA/q7n25n9


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