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Lyr Req: Are You There, Moriarity?

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Subject: Moriarity
From: Fiolar
Date: 19 May 00 - 01:17 PM

Can any body please supply the words of the song "Moriarity?" It contains the following lines as a chorus: "I'm a well known bobby of the stalwarth squad; I belong to the DMG. And the people cry as I pass by, Aren't you Mor-i-ar-rity?" I have looked in the database with no luck. Thanks. Mike


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Moriarity
From: MMario
Date: 19 May 00 - 01:19 PM

it's on Lesley's site (contemplator.com)

here

url=http://www.contemplator.com/folk6/moriarty.html


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Subject: Lyr Add: ARE YOU THERE, MO-RI-AR-I-TY? / MORIARITY
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Apr 03 - 09:31 PM

Lyrics and notes copied from http://www.contemplator.com/folk6/moriarty.html
That site also has a midi file.

ARE YOU THERE, MO-RI-AR-I-TY?
(Lesley Nelson-Burns)

Whin first I kem to Dublin town
'Twas in eighteen eighty three,
I wint direct, wid me head erect,
For to join the D.M.P.
Me majestic feet woke Kevin Street,
As I walked up proud an' free;
For well I knew they could not do
Wid out me, MORIARITY!

CHORUS: I'm a well known bobby of the stalwart squad,
I belong to the D.M.P.
And the girls all cry as I pass by:
Are you there, MORIARITY?

On, on, I wint widout accidint,
Till the station came in view,
Then meself I saw as a limb of the law,
Dressed out like a big Boy Blue.
As thro' the gate of me future fate
I sthrode on manfully,
All the polis creid when they seen me sthride,
"An' is this MORIARITY?" CHORUS

Wid no delay, I drew me pay
And began for to study too,
A polisman I soon beame,
Prepared for me job to do.
Theives, far and near, I filled with fear,
Gaol-birds avoided me;
Malefactors trembled when they heard,
"Here's MORIARITY!" CHORUS

Whin to coort I went, on business bent,
The Jedge on his binch looked grim;
But after awhile I's see him smile,
If I happened to glance at him.
Thin I'd hear him say in a solemn way:
"Now, and who could that man be?"
"My Lord," said the clerk, "he's a man of mark,
Name of MO-RI-AR-I-TY." CHORUS

The Latin I knew in a week or two,
And I gave them soon a shock
Whin I hurled a junk av a "quid pro nunc."
With a "post" and a "propter hoc."
A "habeas corpus" or "aqua fortis,"
Was all the same to me!
Whin I'd take the floor the crier would roar:
"Wisha! Here's MO-RI-AR-I-TY!" CHORUS

The ladies too, I very soon knew,
Wor smitten, wan and all;
For beneath me spell, they quickly fell,
And I held them in me thrall.
Wid me handsome face, wid me charm and grace,
They thought and they dreamt of me;
And whin I'd pass by I could hear them sigh:
"Oh, I love MO-RI-AR-I-TY!" CHORUS

Whin me work is done and me coorse is run,
And I've walked on me last long beat,
And to Heaven's shore I'll quickly soar,
Saint Peter there to meet,
Sure, I hope he'll say, in a kindly way,
"Is it there, Tim, yerself I see;
Yer reward you've won for yer work well done,
Shtep in! MO-RI-AR-I-TY!" CHORUS

[According to Burl Ives, this song became popular "through the singer Gerard Crofts in the internment camps set up after the 1916 Rebellion."
D.M.P. = Dublin Metropolitan Police. They were replaced by the Civic Guards, Metropolitan Division after the Treaty of 1921. Kevin Street refers to a specific Dublin precinct. The song has nothing to do with Sherlock Holmes' archnemesis Professor Moriarty.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Are You There, Moriarity?
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 14 Apr 03 - 10:52 PM

See the earlier thread Moriarty (1999-2000), where more complete lyrics are posted (by Lesley) and additional information given, tracing the song to its 19th century American original.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Are You There, Moriarity?
From: greg stephens
Date: 15 Apr 03 - 07:22 AM

"Are you there Moriarty?" is an excellent party game, preferably after plenty of beer. For those who havent experienced its delights, here is how you play it.
Two people are blindfolded, and lie face down on the floor with their heads towards each other.They extend their left hands and clasp each other. In their right hands they hold a rolled up newspaer. Player A says"Are you there Moriarty?". Player B says "Yes", and simultaneously moves his head(or, as the case may be, doesnt move his head). Because Player A, as soon as he hears the "Yes" attempts to hit Player B on the head with the newspaper. This continues alternately for a while, with spectators shouting encouragemnt, and then two more become the players.
   Presumably the game acquired its title from the song. Possibly it existed before the song with another name? Anyway, it is strongly recommended.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Are You There, Moriarity?
From: cobber
Date: 19 Apr 03 - 04:46 AM

The Moriarty game Greg talks about was apparently a favourite of old time shearers in Australia although according to the book I've got, it was played with beer bottles (ouch). We tried it at a dance once using those foam rubber clubs and people still got knocked about so it's hard to see the attraction for the old blokes. I guess shearing sheep must be pretty boring!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Are You There, Moriarity?
From: GUEST,Michael McNicholas
Date: 28 Aug 06 - 04:48 PM

Here's a different version, recorded by the Irish singer Willie Brady in about 1960 or so. The reference to Harvey Duff is an old slur used against police officers, taken from an 1874 play, CON THE SHAUGHRAN by Dion Boucicault. Harvey Duff was the villain in the play, a police spy who announced himself with a memorable whistle.

ARE YOU THERE, MORIARITY?
(As sung by Willie Brady) (Moriarity is pronounced More-ee-ARE-eye-Tee.)

When first I came to Dublin Town, to good old Baile Atha Cliath,
I went direct, with head erect, for to join the D.M.G.
And me ponderous feet walk Kevin Street for I walked with alacrity,
For well I knew they could not do … without Guard Moriarity.

I'm a well known bobby of the stalwart squad / I belong to the D.M.G.
And as I pass by, the ladies cry / "Are you there, Moriarity?"

Well the sergeant looked me up and down and down and up and then,
With a friendly smile on his honest dial, he stroked his rugged chin,
And as he took the station book, "Your name, a mhic?" said he.
And out I stuck me chest like a duck, and says "I'm Moriarity."

For I'm a well known bobby of the stalwart squad / I belong to the D.M.G.
And as I pass by, the ladies cry / "Are you there, Moriarity?"

Well the childher' love to have me near and I care not a straw when they
Used to sing that stuff about Harvey Duff In their own most engaging way.
And when some wee maid from Armagh has strayed she will surely by found by me
For over she'll run, (affecting an Armagh accent) "Oh hello old son! Aren't you Moriarity?"

For I'm a well known bobby of the stalwart squad / I belong to the D.M.G.
And as I pass by, the ladies cry / Are you there, Moriarity?

When me work is done and me course is run and I've walked on me last long beat
Up to heaven's shore I will quickly soar, and St. Peter up there I'll meet.
And I hope he'll say in a kindly way "Is it you Timothy, I see?
Your reward you've won for work well done. Flap your wings, Moriarity."

For I'm a well known bobby of the stalwart squad / I belong to the D.M.G.
And as I pass by, the ladies cry / Are you there, Moriarity?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Are You There, Moriarity?
From: Anglo
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 02:39 AM

This is one of the songs on Mick Moloney's new CD, "McNally's Row Of Flats," songs of the American Irish experience written by Ned Harrigan, usually with partner David Braham providing the music. For what it's worth I think it's a great CD, (not only because I get to sing harmony on a few cuts). It was co-produced by John Doyle, and there is an all-star primarily American-Irish lineup of musicians supporting Mick. Every home should have a copy.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Are You There, Moriarity?
From: An Pluiméir Ceolmhar
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 12:19 PM

This is an attempt to update to the post-independence situation, hence the reference to "Guard Moriarity" in the first stanza, but there was no such thing as the DMG, it looks like a spurious retrofit of G for Gardai onto the DMP.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Are You There, Moriarity?
From: GUEST,Michael McNicholas
Date: 05 Sep 06 - 02:14 PM

I couldn't quite figure out the DMG reference either but I thought there might have been a DMG before it was the DMP. Not a chance of it. However, distinctly it can be heard that he sings G, not P. Go figure.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Are You There, Moriarity?
From: Anglo
Date: 06 Sep 06 - 01:55 AM

Returning to the original Irish-American song, rather than the later Irish rewrite, in his sleeve notes (see my post above) Mick Moloney writes:

"There is hardly an Irish person over the age of 50 who has not heard this song in childhood performed on radio or television by Jimmy O'Dea one of Ireland's best loved mid-20th century popular stage performers. O'Dea was a staple figure in music hall, pantomime and variety theater and with his sidekick, Maureen Potter, toured the length and breadth of Ireland for decades before television came to the country in 1961. Are You There Moriarity was his signature song. He changed the words a bit - the phrase 'A Metropolitan MP' became 'I belong to the DMP' (Dublin Metropolitan Police) - but used the same basic melody as the original Moriarity written by Harrigan and Braham in 1876. By this time the Irish American policeman had become a familiar figure in urban America. Often the first task of the newly appointed copper was to confront the leader of the local Irish American street gang in public and show him who was boss. Harrigan keeps it light in these lyrics though and presents Moriarity as the genial local cop on the beat beloved by all, especially the ladies."

Mick's lyrics are similar, though not identical to the set mentioned in the earlier thread (also linked above) which can be found in the Levy collection here.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Are You There, Moriarity?
From: GUEST,TAD
Date: 04 Apr 18 - 11:39 PM

And then, this line, "Are You There, Moriarity?" is what Joxer sings, in O'Casey's 'Juno and the Paycock.'


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Subject: Lyr Add: ARE YOU THERE MORIARITY! (Harrigan/Braham
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Apr 18 - 10:02 AM

Here's the original American version:

ARE YOU THERE MORIARITY!
Words, Ed. Harrigan; music, Dave Braham. ©1876.

1. I'm located at headquarters, a "Special Officer!"
Cornelius 'Riarity, here, at your service, Sir!
I know the thieves and blackguards too, wherever they may be,
And if you want a "fly Copper," call Moriarity!

CHORUS: I'm a dandy Copper in the Broadway Squad,
A "Metropolitan M. P."
And the young girls cry when I'm passing by,
"Are you there, Moriarity?"

2. The shop-girls going to labor in the morn at eight o'clock,
They wink and blink their loving eyes at me on ev'ry side!
They say I am their darling; with me they'd tra, la, la, le!
Is a smiling way, you'd hear them say,* "Sweet Moriarity!"

* Spoken: "You Duckey!"

3. My uniform is Navy blue, and it fits me like a duck.
I escort the ladies in the street, all thro' the mud and muck!
For Coach and horse stop when I cross; I'm the ladies' own baby!
As on they go, they whisper low, "Are you there, Moriarity?"

[The sheet music cover is marked: "Songs of the Great Sketch and Character Artists Harrigan & Hart." The publisher is Wm. A. Pond & Co., New York. You can see the sheet music at the website of The Library of Congress.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Are You There, Moriarity?
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Apr 18 - 10:07 AM

three whole nights I sat and hear cock a doddle


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