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Lyr Req: Are You Diggin' Them, Dillon? (B Shine)

GUEST,Sylo@usa.com 06 Dec 00 - 03:42 PM
Quincy 06 Dec 00 - 04:42 PM
GUEST,Philip Hiscock philip@mun.ca 07 Dec 00 - 07:28 AM
Quincy 12 Dec 00 - 02:14 PM
GUEST 05 Aug 09 - 04:40 PM
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Subject: Are you diggin em Dillon
From: GUEST,Sylo@usa.com
Date: 06 Dec 00 - 03:42 PM

I'm trying to locate a cassette tape that had some irish songs on it. The one song that sticks out had some of the following lyrics(talking about potatoes):

Are you diggin em Dillon? Are you diggin em deep? Are you piling em Dillon in a nice big heap? Oh, I'm diggin em said dillon. I got enough to fill me boat, but I'd be diggin em more if it wasn't for you, you rotten stinkin goat.

Do you know this song, artist, or the rest of the lyrics?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Are you diggin em Dillon
From: Quincy
Date: 06 Dec 00 - 04:42 PM

I have a cd with Brendan Shine singing it.

It's about Dillon's Kerry Puck goat.......while Dillon was digging "spuds" the priest was passing and heard Dillon cursing and told him off but Dillon thought it was the goat talking!

Will transcribe from cd tomorrow if nobody else comes up with the lyrics.

Yvonne


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Are you diggin em Dillon
From: GUEST,Philip Hiscock philip@mun.ca
Date: 07 Dec 00 - 07:28 AM

That song is called "The Mobile Goat" and was written by Tom Cahill about 35 years ago for one of his (then) annual Christmas concert/skit shows. It was popularized by Joan Morrissey on an LP about 1972. The LP was, if my memory serves me right, an Audat or an Arc record and, although it was a hugely popular hit within Newfoundland, probably wasn't distributed much outside Newfoundland. The song is based on a jocular legend from Mobile (pronounced MOE-ble) on the Southern Shore of the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland. The legend is that a man named Dillon was working in his garden, cathering his potatoes and trying, among other things, to ensure that a particularly aggressive goat didn't get into the garden to steal the potatoes. The goat was just outside his fence on the road. A priest came by and, stopping, asked Dillon how he was doing. He asked "Are you digging them, Dillon?" Dillon didn't realize there was anyone there and thought it was the goat speaking...

Anna McGoldrick has a comparatively recent version of it on her CD "It's the Irish in me." That's available from her web site.

Tom Cahill is still alive and active in St. John's.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ARE YOU DIGGIN' THEM DILLON (B Shine)
From: Quincy
Date: 12 Dec 00 - 02:14 PM

Sorry for the delay! Here are the lyrics as I heard them sung by Brendan Shine. I've also e-mailed them.


ARE YOU DIGGIN' THEM, DILLON?
As sung by Brendan Shine

Have you heard the story of the old puck goat that came from Farranfore,
In a little town in Kerry, where goats don't roam no more?
It's about a man named Dillon who cursed throughout the week,
And how he was digging spuds one day, when the goat to him did speak.

CHORUS: Are you digging them, Dillon? Are you digging them deep?
Are you piling them, Dillon, in a great big heap?
"I've been digging them," says Dillon, "enough to fill a boat,
But I'd be digging them more if it wasn't for you, you great big ugly goat!"

Now that goat was stealing Dillon's spuds for twenty years or more,
And every time he saw him, Dillon cursed and raged and swore.
He caught him in his tatie patch one sunny Sabbath day
And as his curses lit the sky, the goat looked up to say: CHORUS

They say it was a priest that was passing by when he heard old Dillon curse
The goat and the spuds and the Lord above for making all things worse.
To hush the Lord in Heaven on his way to mass that day,
As he stood behind the shady branch the good priest he did say: CHORUS

You could never tell Dillon 'twas the priest that spoke to stop his blasphemy,
As he stood behind the shady branch where Dillon couldn't see.
And to this day in Kerry in the town of Farranfore,
They still believe 'twas the goat that spoke whenever Dillon swore! CHORUS


Best wishes, Yvonne


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Are you diggin em Dillon
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 04:40 PM

Many thanks for those words , Hanora.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE MOBILE GOAT (Tom Morrissey Band)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Sep 13 - 12:34 PM

Obviously this is related to Brendan Shine's song, but I don't know which came first:


THE MOBILE GOAT
As sung by the Tom Morrissey Band on "Island Man"

Have you heard the story of the Mobile goat on the grand old southern shore,
In the lovely isle of Newfoundland, where goats don't roam no more?
It's about a man named Dillon whose cursin' was of note,
And how he was diggin' for spuds one day, when he spoke to the Mobile goat.

Now the goat was stealin' Dillon's spuds for twenty years or more,
And every time he saw him, Dillon cursed and raged and swore.
He was diggin' hard in his field this time and the goat was chewin' away
Near a great big six-foot granite rock, when Dillon heard him
say: CHORUS

CHORUS: Are you diggin' 'em, Dillon? Are you diggin' 'em deep?
Are you pilin' 'em, Dillon, in a great big heap?
"Oh, I'm diggin' 'em," says Dillon, "but not enough to fill a boat,
But I'd be diggin' 'em more if it wasn't for you, you rotten, stinkin' goat!
Oh, I'd be diggin' 'em more if it wasn't for you, you rotten, stinkin' goat!"

Now Dillon got the fright of his life when he knew what just took place,
And he said to the good Lord, "'Tis the devil himself come [to] snatch me from your grace,
Come take me for my sacrilege and my rotten life of sin!"
And he ran like mad down the hill to home and the goat just pitched right in.

But
they say it was a priest just passin' by when he heard old Dillon curse
On the goat and the spuds and the Lord above for makin' all things worse.
Just to hush the roars of the heavens above, he thought he'd bid good day,
And
as he passed that garden fence, the good priest he did say: CHORUS

You could never tell Dillon 'twas the priest who spoke to stop his curses free,
Passin' quietly behind the rock so
Dillon couldn't see.
And to this day in Mobile on that grand old southern shore,
There's a thousand who believe
the goat spoke out when Dillon swore! CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Are You Diggin' Them, Dillon? (B Shine)
From: Mo the caller
Date: 22 Sep 13 - 04:14 PM

Someone sings a version of this at a session we go to.
Priest hides and speaks to Dillon. Dillon replies (as if) to a goat.
I wondered if there was a bit of anticlericism there. Dillon wouldn't need to work as hard if the goat and the priest didn't want their share of his produce. He can't be rude to a priest, but he can to a goat.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Are You Diggin' Them, Dillon? (B Shine)
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Sep 13 - 01:07 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xpzMOGEboo


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