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Lyr/Chords Req: The Contender (Jimmy McCarthy)

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GUEST,Tommy Mooney 26 Feb 00 - 07:32 PM
Stewie 26 Feb 00 - 08:31 PM
GUEST,Tommy Mooney 27 Feb 00 - 06:16 PM
GUEST,MARION 13 Oct 00 - 11:03 AM
Stewie 13 Oct 00 - 11:30 AM
sian, west wales 15 Oct 00 - 04:03 PM
Jim Dixon 07 Dec 02 - 12:03 AM
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Subject: 'The Contender, by Jimmy McCarthy
From: GUEST,Tommy Mooney
Date: 26 Feb 00 - 07:32 PM

Can anyone help with words and a chord lay-out for this great song??


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: 'The Contender, by Jimmy McCa
From: Stewie
Date: 26 Feb 00 - 08:31 PM

Is this the song written and recorded by David Olney about a pulverised boxer that finishes: 'I'm a contender/Can you say the same'? If so, the original has never made it to CD, but is available as a cassette from Rounder: David Olney and the X-Rays 'The Contender'. Steve Young also did a great cover version on his 'To Satisfy You' album which likewise is available from Rounder but only on cassette.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: 'The Contender, by Jimmy McCa
From: GUEST,Tommy Mooney
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 06:16 PM

No STEWIE, wrong this occasion, but the song I req. was definately written by Jimmy McCarthy (a Cork man) He also wrote many songs recorded by Christy Moore, Mary Black et al ? It occurs that, even though the song is supposed to be about the Irish Boxer (heavyweight) of the 20s called Jack Doyle (?), it is possible that I've gotten the name wrong. A little more homework and I'll be back.
Thanks anyway.
TM
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Subject: THE CONTENDER-JIMMY McCARTHY
From: GUEST,MARION
Date: 13 Oct 00 - 11:03 AM

The contender is a Jimmy mccarthy song i heard in a folk club last week and, despite numerous attempts i cannot find the words/ chords . Anyone out ther able to help??


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: THE CONTENDER-JIMMY McCARTHY
From: Stewie
Date: 13 Oct 00 - 11:30 AM

There's a song with that title by David Olney.


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Subject: ADD: THE CONTENDER-JIMMY McCARTHY
From: sian, west wales
Date: 15 Oct 00 - 04:03 PM

Don't have the music but ...

The Contender
(Jimmy McCarthy)

When I was young and I was in my day
Sure I'd steal what woman's heart there was away
And I'd sing into the morning
Saw a blaze into the morning
Long before I was the man you see today.

I was born beneath the star that promised all
I could live my life without Cassandra's call
But the wheel of fortune took me
From the highest point she shook me
By the bottle, by the bottle I should fall

Chorus
There in the mirror on the wall
I see the dream is fading
From the contender to the fall
The ring, the rose, the matador, raving

When I die I'll die a drunk down on the street
He will count me out to ten in clear defeat
Wrap the Starry Plough around me
Let the pipers air resound me there
There I rest until the Lord of Love I meet

Chorus
There in the mirror on the wall
I see the dream is fading
From the contender to the brawl
The ring, the rose, the matador, raving.

Jimmy MacCarthy (Universal Music)

This is from the cover notes of an album I picked up in Ireland recently - Tommy Flemming. Very much not the sort of album which I usually buy ... but it's grown on me a lot.

Sian


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE CONTENDER (Jimmy McCarthy)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Dec 02 - 12:03 AM

Copied from http://www.celtic-tenors.com/lyrics/contender.html

THE CONTENDER
(Jimmy McCarthy)

When I was young and I was in my day,
Sure I'd steal what woman's heart there was away,
And I'd sing into the morning,
Saw a blaze into the morning,
Long before I was the man you see today.

I was born beneath the star that promised all.
I could live my life without Cassandra's call,
But the wheel of fortune took me.
From the highest point she shook me.
By the bottle, by the bottle I should fall.

CHORUS: There, in the mirror on the wall,
I see the dream is fading
From the contender to the fall--
The ring, the rose, the matador, raving.

When I die, I'll die a drunk down on the street.
He will count me out to ten in clear defeat.
Wrap the Starry Plough around me.
Let the piper's air resound me
There I rest until the Lord of Love I meet.

CHORUS: There, in the mirror on the wall,
I see the dream is fading
From the contender to the brawl--
The ring, the rose, the matador, raving.

From a review at http://www.rambles.net/fleming_contender00.html :

"The Contender" ... was written by Jimmy McCarthy and tells the sad but true tale of Jack Doyle -- The Gorgeous Gael -- who was a contender in the boxing ring but fell from grace through celebrity.


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: THE CONTENDER (Jimmy McCarthy)
From: GUEST,The fluid druid
Date: 03 Jul 10 - 09:04 AM

This is the way I play it.

(g)When I was young and I was in my(c) day,
Sure I'd (Am)steal what woman's heart there was (d) away,
And I'd (g)sing into the morning,
Songs a (Am) blaze onto the dawning,
Long (c) before I was (d)the man you see(g) today.

I was born beneath the star that promised all.
I could have lived my life without Cassandra's call,
But the wheel of fortune took me.
From the highest point she shook me.
By the bottle, by the bottle I should fall.

CHORUS: (Em)There, in the(Am) mirror on the (g) wall,
I see the (Am)dream is (d)fading
(Em)From the(Am) contender (d)to the(g) brawl--
(Am)The ring, the rose, the matador,(d) raving.

When I die, I'll die a drunk down on the street.
They will count me out to ten in clear defeat.
Wrap the Starry Plough around me.
Let the piper's air resound me
There I rest until the Lord of Love I meet.

CHORUS: There, in the mirror on the wall,
I see the dream is fading
From the contender to the brawl--
The ring, the rose, the matador, raving.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: The Contender (Jimmy McCarthy)
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Jul 10 - 10:18 AM

Lyrics above are Tommy Flemings adaptation,

ie:"I could have lived my life without Cassandra's call,"
Jimmy McCarthy wrote it as;
"I could have lived my life between Cork, Cobh and Youghal,"

The Song is about Jack Doyle, Irish Heavy Weight Contender, from Cobh, County Cork, who threw away his riches on (in his own words)"fast women and slow horses" and died a penniless drunk.

It's a heart breaking song when you know the story behind it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: The Contender (Jimmy McCarthy)
From: GUEST,Padraig D'Arcy
Date: 11 Sep 10 - 04:52 PM

Previous post is incorrect. Jimmy MacCarthy sings his song 'The Condender' with the line :"I could have lived my life without Cassandra's call" here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7y9RvYtruA

Christy Moore changes the words in his version. I don't know why. Respect the writer is what say. But hey. Whatever.


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