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Lyr Req: McShane (Finbar & Eddie Furey)

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Subject: mcshane (finbar and furey)
From: GUEST,wilbor
Date: 02 Apr 01 - 11:12 AM

Had no luck when I requested this last time so I'll try again. Please help.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcshane (finbar and furey)
From: Maryrrf
Date: 02 Apr 01 - 11:49 AM

Don't despair! I think I said I was going to transcribe these lyrics and I did - but didn't have time to post them. Will do when I get home tonight. It's a great song!


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Subject: Lyr Add: BOLD MCSHANE
From: Maryrrf
Date: 02 Apr 01 - 09:31 PM

OK. I wasn't sure I understood everything correctly so if anybody has corrections or notices anything they think is not transcribed correctly, please feel free to correct.

BOLD MCSHANE

My name is McShane from the plains of Kildare
A farmer I was until the last year
Till I took a notion oh via promotion
Went over to England the harvest to share

CHORUS: Room Toora La, Room Toora Laddie, Room Toora La Mush a room toralay

I parted with money so blithe and so jolly
Picked up a stick for a staff in me hand
And to keep myself cheery for fear I'd get weary
I sang Paddywhack as I went on my way.

I arrived at Dumbarton on a fine summers evening
Me bundle and staff I held them in me hands
There were some of them laughing and some of them chaffin'
More of them trying to stick Paddy away.

I went into a woman to ask her for lodgings
She said "Me young man, now don't look so dull!
For I will tell you where you can get lodgings
With a woman who lives next door to The Black Bull."

So I went to this woman and asked her for lodgings
She instantly showed me a bed in the room
And I being so tired and worn out from walking
I threw myself down on the bed in that room.

But a lump of a Tinker lay up in the corner
He swore 'pon his soul sure he'd kill all was there
Says I "Me bold Tinker, give over your braggin',
I'm bold McShane from the plains of Kildare!"

But he tried for to hit me a punch in the stomach
I instantly fetched him a one in the throat
And he tumbled heels over his head in the corner
And put down his head in an old whisky pot.

He lay on the floor like a sheep he was bleeding
I swore 'pon my soul sure I'd cut off his life
But I lifted him up and sent down for a noggin
Me and the Tinker we ended the strife.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcshane (finbar and furey)
From: GUEST,Moleskin Joe
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 03:57 AM

Should "whisky" be "rusty"? It's difficult to make out.

Good Luck

Ian M.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcshane (finbar and furey)
From: Maryrrf
Date: 03 Apr 01 - 09:20 AM

I think you are right. "Rusty" makes more sense. Tinkers repair pots and pans so there might well be pots lying around in the room. And I've heard of a whisky jar or bottle, but not a pot! I had an amusing thought while typing out these lyrics. I often scorn the banality, the triviality, the utter stupidity of pop music on the radio. And here I was trying to figure out the best way of spelling out "..Room Toora La, Room Toora Laddie... etc." Sometimes these choruses are pretty silly. But what the heck, they're so much fun!!


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Subject: Lyr Add: MCSHANE (Finbar and Eddie Furey)
From: Wolfgang
Date: 20 Apr 01 - 11:33 AM

Here's my try at a transcription of what the Fureys sing (the very few changes from Maryrrf's in bold for comparison). I had two further copies of the lyrics of that song to help me with the job.

Does anyone know about where it comes from?

Wolfgang

MCSHANE

1. My name is McShane from the plains of Kildare.
A farmer I was until the last year,
Till I took a notion of higher promotion,
Went over to England the harvest to share.

Chorus: Room Toora La, Room Toora Laddie,
Room Toora La Mush a room toralay

2. I parted with Molly so blythe and so jolly,
Picked up a stick for a staff in me hands,
And to keep meself cheery for fear I'd get weary,
I sang Paddywhack as I went on my way.

3. I landed at Dumbarton on a fine summers evening.
Me bundle and staff I held them in me hands.
There were some of them laughin' and some of them chaffin',
More of them trying to stick Paddy away.

4. I went into a woman to ask her for lodgin's.
She said: "Me young man, now don't look so dull!
For I will tell you where you will get lodgin's
With a woman that lives next door to The Black Bull."

5. So I went to this woman and asked her for lodgin's.
She instantly showed me to a bed in the room,
And I being so tired and worn out from walkin',
I threw meself down in me bed in the room.

6. But a lump of a Tinker lay up in the corner.
He swore 'pon his soul sure he'd kill all was there.
Says I: "Me bold Tinker, give over your braggin'.
I'm bold McShane from the plains of Kildare!"

7. But he tried for to hit me a punch in the stomach.
I instantly fetched him a one in the throat,
And he tumbled heels over his head in the corner
And put all his head in an old rusty pot.

8. He lay on the floor; like a sheep he was bleedin'.
I swore 'pon my soul sure I'd cut off his life,
But I lifted him up and sent down for a noggin.
Me and the Tinker we ended the strife.

REPEAT FIRST VERSE.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcshane (finbar and furey)
From: Maryrrf
Date: 20 Apr 01 - 01:21 PM

Thanks, Wolfgang. And you posted the lyrics in the correct format, which I forgot to do. I will remember next time. I don't know where the song came from but it sure is a good one, and I haven't heard it sung much. I've added it to my repertoire and I'll see how it goes over!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcshane (finbar and furey)
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Apr 01 - 01:04 AM

I used to sing this song and once sang it while being filmed by the BBC. Unfortunately I sang "I went into a lodging and asked for a woman..." and got left on the cutting room floor.

On the subject of nonsense choruses, I read that it stemmed from when songs used to be accompanied but were now being sung unaccompanied. The nonsense bit is just the instrumental break between verses. You can still here people do this when they sing pop songs etc.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McShane (Finbar & Eddie Furey)
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 11:54 AM

its a great song....Im from kildare myself and have been looking for the lyrics...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McShane (Finbar & Eddie Furey)
From: Maryrrf
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 02:29 PM

Isn't Mudcat grand? I'd almost forgotten this song that I used to sing and had transcribed the lyrics for. I'll have to put it back in my repertoire.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McShane (Finbar & Eddie Furey)
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Mar 12 - 05:36 PM

i think noggin should read Naggin...its a small bottle of whiskey.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McShane (Finbar & Eddie Furey)
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Apr 14 - 04:25 PM

Has anyone else noticed how similar the lyrics of this song are to Bold Doherty?? How funny


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McShane (Finbar & Eddie Furey)
From: GUEST,FiddleboyRay
Date: 03 Mar 15 - 01:59 AM

Guys, love the site and find it a great source of songs, music and information. Here is my version of McShane which i have been singing for about 40 years!

MCSHANE
My name is McShane from the plains of Kildare
And I was a farmer 'til early last year
Till I took a notion of higher promotion
Over to England the harvest to share
CHORUS:
Rum Toora La, Rum Toora Laddie, Rum Toora La Mush a rum tooralay

I parted with money so blithe and so jolly
Bought a big stick for a staff in me hand
And to keep myself cheery for fear I'd get weary
I sang Paddywhack as I went on my way.

I arrived in Dumbarton one fine summers evening
Me bundle and staff, held them in me hands
There were some of them laughing and some of them chaffin'
More of them trying to stick Paddy away.

I went to a woman and asked her for lodgings
She says to me "young man, now don't look so dull!
For I will tell you where you can find lodgings
With the woman who lives next door to The Black Bull."

So I went to this woman and asked her for lodgings
She instantly showed me a bed in a room
And I being so tired and worn out from me walking
I threw myself down on the bed in that room.

But a lump of a Tinker lay down in the corner
He swore by the saints that he'd kill all was there
Says I "Me bold Tinker, now hold up your braggin',
For I am bold McShane from the plains of Kildare!"

Well he jumped up and hit me a punch in the stomach
I instantly gave him one back in the throat
And the tinker he tumbled , fell into the corner
And cut his head open on a rusty old bolt.

He lay on the floor like a pig he was bleeding
I swore by the saints that he'd part with his life
But I swallowed me pride, sent down for a noggin
And me and the Tinker we ended our strife.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McShane (Finbar & Eddie Furey)
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 03 Mar 15 - 03:07 AM

I got the words of this song from Tommy Dempsey (when he was in a duo with Jonathon Swift) somewhere around 1968; when I talked to him about it a few years later he reckoned that around that time there would only be possibly three people in the UK singing it.


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Subject: Lyr Add: McSHANE (Finbar & Eddie Furey)
From: GUEST,kenny
Date: 03 Mar 15 - 06:27 AM

I've only ever heard 2 people sing "McShane" - Eddie Furey, and also Bill Leiper, living in Aberdeen in the 1970s, who almost certainly got it from Eddie Furey.

With only a few minor changes to above, here's what I'm hearing Eddie Furey singing :

McSHANE

1. My name is McShane from the plains of Kildare
A farmer I was 'til the last year
'Til I took a notion of higher promotion
Went over to England the harvest to share

Chorus: Rum Toora La, Rum Toora Laddie,
Rum Toora La, Mush- a-rum Toora Lay

2. I parted with Molly so blythe and so jolly
Picked up a stick for a staff in me hand
And to keep meself cheery for fear I got weary
I sang "Paddywhack" as I went on me way.

3. I landed at Dumbarton on a fine summer's evening
Me bundle and staff I held them in me hands
There were some of them laughing and some of them chaffin'
More of them trying to stick Paddy away.

4. I went in to a woman to ask her for lodgings
She said "Me young man, now don't look so dull
For I will tell you where you will get lodgings
With a woman that lives next door to "The Black Bull".

5. So I went to this woman and asked her for lodgings
She instantly showed me to a bed in the room
And I being so tired, and worn out from walking,
I threw meself down in me bed in the room.

6. But a lump of a tinker lay up in the corner
He swore 'pon his soul sure he'd kill all was there
Says I "Me bold tinker, give over your braggin'
I'm bold McShane from the plains of Kildare!"

7. But he tried for to hit me a punch in the stomach
I instantly fetched him a one in the throat
And he tumbled heels over his head in the corner
Cut all his head in an old rusty pot.

8. He lay on the floor, like a sheep he was bleedin'
I swore 'pon my soul sure I'd cut off his life
But I lifted him up and sent down for a noggin
Me and the tinker we ended the strife.

9. My name is McShane from the plains of Kildare
A farmer I was until the last year
Till I took a notion of higher promotion
Went over to England the harvest to share.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McShane (Finbar & Eddie Furey)
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Mar 15 - 10:47 AM

I think this is analogue of Bold Doherty :) cool!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McShane (Finbar & Eddie Furey)
From: GUEST,GUEST
Date: 03 Sep 17 - 10:00 PM

This was helpful! To try and help more, I agree with the change 'put all his head in an auld rusty pot', which means there was no blood. In that case, I've also always heard "...like a sheep he was bleatin'..."

This makes more sense to me. The tinker was making such a ruckus that you'd think he'd been killed.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McShane (Finbar & Eddie Furey)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Sep 17 - 06:26 PM

I listened via Spotify to this song on "The Spanish Cloak: The Best of the Fureys."

I think hear "… an old whiskey pot" rather than "...rusty pot."

I suppose "I'd" in verse 8 means "I had" rather than "I would." This certainly makes a difference in the meaning even though it's pronounced the same.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McShane (Finbar & Eddie Furey)
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 09 Sep 17 - 04:14 PM

Finbar and Eddie Furey singing McShane


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