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Lyr Req: Oh Busker Óg

GUEST,Arnold 28 Jun 18 - 04:26 AM
Jim Dixon 03 Jul 18 - 06:36 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Oh Busker Óg
From: GUEST,Arnold
Date: 28 Jun 18 - 04:26 AM

I'm looking for the lyrics of the Na Fianna song "Oh Busker Óg". Can anyone help me? Thanks a lot

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Subject: Lyr Add: OH BUSKER OG (Na Fianna)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Jul 18 - 06:36 PM

This was a tough one. I found the song on Spotify and tried to transcribe it, but there are big gaps in my transcription. It's difficult for me, partly because of the accent, plus, in places, the vocal is obscured by the instruments, and there may be some expressions here I'm not familiar with. Maybe someone else can improve on this:

As recorded by Na Fianna on "The Stable Sessions – Haul Away" (2017)

1. In early mornin' ev'ry day
At the crack of noon to earn his pay
The teapot's on to warm his bones
The heating's off; his body groans
There's unpaid bills lay upon the counter
Can I(cannot?) let this one go any longer
The blood warms up, the brew is gone
Off to the street, the day is long

Oh, busker og, you're the sounds of my beloved Grafton
Oh, busker og, your city keeps you safe, son
When I hear your song
I know where I belong

2. ... la-di-da
Some stops and stares and pretend to care
A coin gets thrown from God knows where
A drunken stag from across the brine
Lives for Wonderwall one more time
His brain gets bigger and more angry
... now he's still hungry

3. it's 4 a.m.; it's time for bed
Lift up the case with a freezin' head
His pockets echo with a jingle-jangle
His earphones play The Old Triangle
Walkin' home from a hard day's work
... enough for all his work
Drivin' home after buyin' coffee
Do the bills at home take all his money?

* Title as given at Spotify. On Na Fianna's website, the title is given as MY BUSKER ÓG.

I assume Grafton refers to Grafton Street in Dublin.

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