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Lyr Req: Pursuit of Farmer Michael Hayes

InOBU 22 May 01 - 11:19 AM
Wolfgang 22 May 01 - 11:21 AM
MartinRyan 22 May 01 - 11:21 AM
MartinRyan 22 May 01 - 11:22 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 22 May 01 - 11:23 AM
Wolfgang 22 May 01 - 11:24 AM
MartinRyan 22 May 01 - 11:26 AM
Wolfgang 22 May 01 - 11:28 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 22 May 01 - 11:30 AM
Charley Noble 22 May 01 - 11:36 AM
InOBU 22 May 01 - 01:08 PM
GUEST,Hilary 22 May 01 - 08:39 PM
GUEST,^&* 24 Apr 10 - 06:34 AM
Jim Dixon 25 Apr 10 - 11:36 PM
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Subject: Pursuit of Farmer Michael Hayes
From: InOBU
Date: 22 May 01 - 11:19 AM

For Charlie Noble's request, and of course for Peg's land lord problems... does anyone have the words to the following, or, if not, we can build it from memory... It was on a Planxty album, I think the first one with Matt Molloy...
It begins
I am a bold undaunted fox
who never yet was trapped or caught
forgot the line...
I made me name in fine good land between Tipperary and lough crom?
Where my forefathers lived and died
three thousand years ago

I lived as happy as king Saul
and loved me neighbors one and all
me rents tariffs and taxes I was willing for to pay
But I was of late betrayed be one who was a fool I know,
He told me I should live this place and show me face no more.

The day that he evicted me, tis then I knew that I should flee
So late one night I took his life and left him lying low
He fell victim to a shot, and his agency was soon forgot
Now they are a searching for farmer Michael Hays


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Persuit of Farmer Michael Hayes
From: Wolfgang
Date: 22 May 01 - 11:21 AM

There's a good version in the DT: here.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Persuit of Farmer Michael Hayes
From: MartinRyan
Date: 22 May 01 - 11:21 AM

There you go!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Persuit of Farmer Michael Hayes
From: MartinRyan
Date: 22 May 01 - 11:22 AM

Ha! Wolfgang - youi beat me to it! Still - two answers intwo minutes must be some sort of record!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Persuit of Farmer Michael Hayes
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 22 May 01 - 11:23 AM

A dead heat at three minutes, Stewards' Enquiry and waiting for the photograph!
RtS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Persuit of Farmer Michael Hayes
From: Wolfgang
Date: 22 May 01 - 11:24 AM

Martin,

that is a Mudcat first: Two two min links in one thread. And your first two min link if I'm not mistaken.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Persuit of Farmer Michael Hayes
From: MartinRyan
Date: 22 May 01 - 11:26 AM

No need to rub it in, Wolfgang - I like to give people a chance!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Persuit of Farmer Michael Hayes
From: Wolfgang
Date: 22 May 01 - 11:28 AM

When Larry mentioned this song a couple of hours ago I tried to locate it in the DT and it took me some time to find it, much more than two minutes. I only profited now from the hard work hours ago.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Persuit of Farmer Michael Hayes
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 22 May 01 - 11:30 AM

...and I can't subtract!
RtS (Stewards' ruling: Wolfgang by a short head. Living in Ascot has had no effect on me at all!)


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Subject: Lyr Add: YE LANDLORDS OF IRELAND
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 May 01 - 11:36 AM

Reminds me of this other "Murder the Landlord" ballad:
YE LANDLORDS OF IRELAND
(Source: Irish-American named Wild, late 19th century In Folksongs of Australia Adapted by Charles Ipcar in 1981 Tune: traditional "The Range of the Buffalo")

I went unto America, that sweet land of the free,
But returning in a few short years this news the priest told me,
Me mother'd been evicted and it caused me heart to mourn,
For she had in the poorhouse died in those years while I was gone.

Then a fearful venom seized me and with me right hand raised on high,
I swore by me creator, her landlord he must die;
The night was dark and stormy when I rode to where he dwelled,
The pistol drew, that tyrant slew, and I sent his soul to Hell!

That turned me to a wanderer, that caused me for to roam,
Far from me native Ireland, far from me mother's home;
When that day of judgment comes, when all our race is run,
May God forgive the venom shown by this poor widow's son.

So, ye landlords of Ireland, no matter where ye be,
When you meet your fate as he did then old Ireland will be free;
The American lands are helping, with their eagle's golden wings,
But the harp of dear old Ireland is a mass of broken strings.

Thanks for the above,
Landlady's Daughter, not to be confused with Charley Noble et al


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Persuit of Farmer Michael Hayes
From: InOBU
Date: 22 May 01 - 01:08 PM

Damn! I didn't have a bet on that race! Oh well, thanks folks and folkies... someone let peg know it is here to sooth her at this rotten time... Larry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Persuit of Farmer Michael Hayes
From: GUEST,Hilary
Date: 22 May 01 - 08:39 PM

Hi,

The Christy Moore songbook has the words and basic melody - unfortunately I've lent it someone at the moment.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Persuit of Farmer Michael Hayes
From: GUEST,^&*
Date: 24 Apr 10 - 06:34 AM

Nice version by John Faulkner HERE


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE GENERAL FOX CHASE (from Zimmermann)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Apr 10 - 11:36 PM

From Songs of Irish Rebellion: Political Street Ballads and Rebel Songs, 1780-1900 by Georges Denis Zimmermann (Hatboro, Pa., Folklore Associates, 1967), page 257:


THE GENERAL FOX CHASE (1862)

1. I am a bold undaunted fox that never was before on tramp,
My rent and taxes I was always willing for to pay;
I lived as happy as King Saul and loved my neighbours great and small,
And had no animosity for either friend or foe.
I made my den in prime good land between Tipperary and Knocklong,
Where my forefathers lived for three thousand years or more,
But now of late I was betrayed by one that was a fool and knave,
He told me I should quit the place and show my face no more.

2. As soon as he ejected me, I thought 'twas time that I should flee,
I stole away his ducks and geese, and murdered all his drakes,
I knew I could no longer stand because he had the hounds at hand,
So I tightened up my garters, and then I was away;
But soon there was a great look out by land and sea to make me out,
From Dublin quay to Belfast town, along the raging sea.
By telegraph they did me insert, a great reward for my arrest,
My figure, size, and form, and my name without a doubt.

3. They broke their brogues, some thousand pairs, this reward for to obtain,
But still there was no tidings of me or my retreat.
They searched Tipperary over, the cornfields and Galtymore,
They went along by Wexford but there did not delay;
Through Ballyhale and Stranmore they searched the woods as they went on,
Till they were hungry and cold at the approach of day.
Now, search the world far and near, the like before you did not hear,
A fox to get away so clear as I did from the hounds.

4. They searched the rocks, the gulfs and bays, the ships and liners at the quays,
The ferry-boats and steamers as they were going to sea;
Around the coast they took a steer from Poolbeg lighthouse to Cape Clear,
Killarney town, and sweet Tralee, and then crossed into Clare.
When they landed on the shore they searched Kilrush from top to toe,
The bathing places in Milltown or otherwise Malbay,
And Galway being a place of fame they thought 'twas there I was concealed,
But still their search was all in vain, for I gave them leg bail.

5. They searched the train in Oranmore as she was starting to Arklow,
And every waggon, car, and coach, that went along the road.
Connemara being remote they thought to that place I might resort.
When they were getting weary they resolved to try Mayo.
In Ballinrobe they had to rest until the hounds were quite refreshed,
From thence they went to Westport and searched it high and low.
Through Castlebar they took a trot, they heard I was in Castlerock,
But still they were deluded where I lodged the night before.

6. In Swinford town, as I sat down, I heard a dreadful cry of of horses,
So I took another notion to retaliate my chase;
I being weary from the road I took a dram at half past four,
I was then renovated whilst the hounds were getting weak;
The night being dark at Castlebar I knew not how to make my way,
I had neither den nor manger to shield me from the cold,
And the moon began to rise; I said I'd make for a foreign clime.
I am in the land of liberty, so a fig for all my foes.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pursuit of Farmer Michael Hayes
From: Liberty Boy
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 11:18 AM

The version as printed by Jim Dixon is the version that was sung by the late great Tom Lenihan of Knockbrack, Miltown Malbay.


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