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Lyr Req: Wee White Turban (parody Broad Black Brim

Fergie 15 May 01 - 04:23 PM
Peter K (Fionn) 15 May 01 - 07:19 PM
GUEST,Philippa 15 May 01 - 07:25 PM
Mark Cohen 15 May 01 - 08:04 PM
wysiwyg 16 May 01 - 02:34 PM
Fergie 18 May 01 - 09:22 PM
GUEST,Philippa 30 May 01 - 05:41 AM
Fergie 31 May 01 - 05:06 PM
MartinRyan 31 May 01 - 08:32 PM
MartinRyan 24 May 11 - 12:08 PM
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Subject: the snow white turban of the PLO
From: Fergie
Date: 15 May 01 - 04:23 PM

I'm looking for the words to this song which is a comic parody of "The broad black brimmer of the IRA"


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Subject: RE: the snow white turban of the PLO
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 15 May 01 - 07:19 PM

I'll just bring this up towards the top of the iist, ready for when the Murphys in Chicago, and our other Aamerican-Irish friends, start to log on.


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Subject: RE: the snow white turban of the PLO
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 15 May 01 - 07:25 PM

Maybe I'll ask Joe Mulheron, the parody's author. I sometimes go to his pub, Sandino's, in Derry. Joe's also a quantity surveyor.


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Subject: RE: the snow white turban of the PLO
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 15 May 01 - 08:04 PM

I'd be interested in hearing this...and wondering what kind of storm it might set off. There would certainly seem to be a lot of potential for getting folks, shall we say, a bit upset! But that's folk music. (As we often forget.)

Aloha,
Mark

PS, I don't know the original, so if whoever posts the parody could do us the courtesy of posting both, it would be appreciated.


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Subject: RE: the snow white turban of the PLO
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 May 01 - 02:34 PM

Mark, Brimmer is here:

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=16460#153553

~S~


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Subject: RE: the snow white turban of the PLO
From: Fergie
Date: 18 May 01 - 09:22 PM

refresh its a good one, so willsomeone post the lyrics please


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Subject: Lyr Add: WEE WHITE TURBAN (parody of BLACK BRIMMER
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 30 May 01 - 05:41 AM

patience, Fergie, I said I'd [maybe] ask Joe for the lyrics


THE WEE WHITE TURBAN
(Joe Mulheron)

'Twas a bundle that was hanging in what's known as father's tent,
A bundle of striped material black and red,
And when I asked me mother, now, just what did it contain,
"It's your father's Bedouin uniform," she said.
And as I put the kaftan on, she was smiling through her veil,
As she wrapped the wee white turban round me head.

It's just a wee white turban he wrapped around his head,
Forty yards of good material there and more,
An old kaftan that he stole in Marrakesh,
A pair of boots belonging to the cattle corps.
An old curved sword in its sheath of camel hide,
A wavy dagger he used against the foe.
When it comes to blood and snatters, sure the man that really matters,
Must wear the wee white turban of the P.L.O.

'Twas the turban that me father wore, in the desert long ago,
When he left me mother's harem on the run.
'Twas the turban that he wore when he stood by Nasser's side,
When he put the British army on the run.
The Brits were sending aeroplanes and SAS men by the score,
The Suez Canal was theirs they said.
Your da' swam to the tanker
Lit the gelignite and sank her
And claimed the canal for Egypt then instead.

It was two miles from Damascus when he made the final stand,
Surrounded by his enemies ten to one
As he lay in the sun there baking,
He knew there'd be no prisoners taken
And the ammo for the AK almost done
From Knock Airport to refuel came in slow
Your da' hijacked the Boeing;
Says he, "To West Belfast we're going
To wear the wee white turban of the P.L.O."


Who said (in a thread on Irish political songs) that you can't have funny songs about serious matters?! This one is quite pan-Arab, from Damascus to Marakesh, and has its share of stereotypes. I think it's a send up of "The Broad Black Brimmer" as much as anything else.


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Subject: RE: the snow white turban of the PLO
From: Fergie
Date: 31 May 01 - 05:06 PM

Phillipa. Thank you so much I've been on the hunt for this song for a long time, thanks for coming up thrumps. Fergus.


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Subject: RE: the snow white turban of the PLO
From: MartinRyan
Date: 31 May 01 - 08:32 PM

Joe is also responsible for a parody of "The Rocks of Bawn" about redundant IRA men robbing a bank. It contains the immortal line, describing police interogation: ... They beat me with soft turnips.."!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wee White Turban (parody Broad Black Brim
From: MartinRyan
Date: 24 May 11 - 12:08 PM

There's now a somewhat Stygian recording of Joe singing The Wee White Turban on Youtube:

Click here

Regards


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