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Lyr Req: Marty Malley's Teeth

GUEST,O Hillery 27 Jun 01 - 09:06 AM
MMario 27 Jun 01 - 09:15 AM
Malcolm Douglas 27 Jun 01 - 09:47 AM
Sorcha 27 Jun 01 - 09:53 AM
Sorcha 27 Jun 01 - 09:58 AM
Sorcha 27 Jun 01 - 10:09 AM
GUEST,999 13 Sep 12 - 09:40 PM
MartinRyan 14 Sep 12 - 09:59 AM
Jim Carroll 14 Sep 12 - 10:53 AM
MartinRyan 14 Sep 12 - 04:30 PM
GUEST,Conor Farrelly 13 Jul 15 - 07:03 AM
Jim Dixon 16 Jul 15 - 12:44 AM
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Subject: Marty Malley's Teeth
From: GUEST,O Hillery
Date: 27 Jun 01 - 09:06 AM

I'm researching myths, legends, folk tales & songs with particular reference to jackdaws. I've found out about an Irish tune called 'Marty Malley's Teeth' which is apparently 'a tale of how he lost them to the desires of a jackdaw, and then got them back', but so far have had no luck tracking down the lyrics/and or music. Can anyone help?! Any other jackdaw themed musical suggestions would also be very welcome. Thanks folks!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Marty Malley's Teeth
From: MMario
Date: 27 Jun 01 - 09:15 AM

this site is blocked from me - but according to the description is about the song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Marty Malley's Teeth
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 27 Jun 01 - 09:47 AM

The page is a summary contents listing for Balcony of the Nation ("Satirical song and essays thereon"). Edited and collected by Fintan Vallely, due for publication 2001.  The relevant entry says merely MARTY MALLEY'S TEETH  Tale of how he lost them to the desires of a jackdaw, and then got them back.

I find no other references at this time.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Marty Malley's Teeth
From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Jun 01 - 09:53 AM

I got there, and all it says is what Hillery quoted. No help at all. Google was not much help with the title either. hmmmm.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Marty Malley's Teeth
From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Jun 01 - 09:58 AM

Hillery, if you will put jackdaw in the white DT and Forum Search box on the left side of the main forum page (just above the first thread title) you should get one song that mentions jackdaws, and several threads to choose from that have asides about them, including one song/poem by Kipling that mentions them. When you get your search results, just click on the Thread link and it will take you to the reference.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Marty Malley's Teeth
From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Jun 01 - 10:09 AM

This is about all I can find that actually mentions jackdaws:
here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Marty Malley's Teeth
From: GUEST,999
Date: 13 Sep 12 - 09:40 PM

We seem to be looking in all the wrong places for all the wrong things. I just found the following:

'Song of The Teeth.

Martin O'Malley from Miltown Malbay in West Glare is an outstanding patron and enjoyer of traditional music and Song. A farmer. the only thing which interferes with his hay making is the cursed Willy Clancy Summer school in the first week of July. On the one sunny day of 1985 while at the hay he set his teeth on the wall for a rest after dinner, and a jackdaw robbed them. Two years later a neighbour (called Crowe) found them, So Martin coined the immortal words: "Robbed by a jackdaw, brought back by a Crow", and the song gushed forth."'


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Marty Malley's Teeth
From: MartinRyan
Date: 14 Sep 12 - 09:59 AM

Hadn't seen this. The song is relatively well known - in Clare anyway! Marty died a year or two ago. I'll post it when I get back to base.

Regards


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BALLAD OF THE TEETH
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 14 Sep 12 - 10:53 AM

THE BALLAD OF THE TEETH

Martin O'Malley from Miltown Malbay in West Clare is an outstanding ration and enjoyer of traditional music and song. A farmer, the only thing which interferes with his hay-making is the cursed Willie Clancy Summer-school held in the first week of July, but which spills over to occupy the second. This is Ireland's university of the music and it attracts a vast entourage of musicians and maybe a thousand pupils annually. There was one sunny day reputedly in the wet summer of '85, and on it Martin was at the hay. He discarded all encumbrances to the process of rolling up the forkfuls and pitching and so on—i.e. heavy clothes—and set his teeth on the wall so that he could comfortably get stuck into the work. A jackdaw, However, took a fancy to the dentures and that was that. Two years later a neighbour found them (or was it them at all?) in a nest. The neighbour's name was, coincidentally, 'Crowe', so Martin coined the immortal words robbed by a Jackdaw, brought back by a Crowe". These seemed a good foundation for a song. Miltown is hometown to the last reputed President of Ireland, and his bodyguards used to lounge around the front gate of the ancestral mansion when they weren't alleviating boredom by eating young cabbages or spinning idly around in Ford Granadas. They got some action eventually when the government organised a duck-hunt (Operation Mallard) which was inspired by a search for a mad dog out of which they eventually caught a fox.

The whole teeth escapade took place against the haranguings over the Anglo-Irish Agreement; Dallas was an American soap watched addictively in Ireland (it was reported that year that a migratory people in Africa postponed their annual up-and-away by two weeks to catch the last episode of the series); Falcon Crest is the Fine Gaelers' Dallas, and Crossmaglen is an area of South Armagh then heavily occupied by British troops. Garda Dillane used do a nixer at selling wood blocks: the Sergeant is a noted box player. Martin's form of transport was a black bike, and Sylvie (RIP) is the Friel's dog.

THE BALLAD OF THE TEETH
Air; 'The Limerick Rake')

Nineteen eighty-five was a year of great angst
When Nic'rag-uans tried hard to keep out the Yanks,
When hay lay in August in mouldy wet hanks,
And the half of our farms were seized back by the banks.

From Dail and Westminster we heard of harangues
About Ireland from people who don't give a dang,
About matters so personal and sacrosanct
As the bould Martin Malley's sad loss of his fangs.

This happened that one sunny day as he rolled
Up the cocks for his stock to keep out winter cold,
The sun scorched his fair skin and grilled his head gold
And before he realised he was out of control.

He threw down the rake and stretched out on a knoll
And fell asleep dreaming of ice-cream in bowls,
And of Shackleton's escapades to the South Pole
And locals in Greece under cool parasols.

Martin's molars shone bright in his wide-open maw
And attracted the eyes of a greedy jackdaw
Which plunged form the heavens, seized them in its claws,
And left Rip Van O'Malley with no way to chaw.

He woke two weeks later and to his dismay
His whole hay was lost, he had missed fourteen tays,
Two episodes of Dallas and two Falcon Crest
And a whole Willie season in Miltown Malbay.

Martin tore into town on his cabriolet,
And in Hillery's located the Gendarmerie
Who took fingerprints and compiled a dossier
Of suspects they knew to dip biscuits in tay.

From the woodcutter's cottage Dillane ably took charge
Of a massive task-force of all ranks of the Guards
Who abandoned their gateposts and Granada cars
To implement searching of sibins and bars.

They scoured Miltown and Mullach late into the night
Until Sylvie in Friel's gave the sergeant a bite.
He called for his squeeze box, him foaming and white,
And composed a new tune he called Ray-bie's delight.

Operation O'Mallard took off on the tear
Amid songs, jigs and reels, slides and polkas and airs
That were named after hens, chickens, pigeons and hares,
But for Martin's false teeth divil one of them cared.

Understandably Martin's lust wasn't the same
From mornin' to night he tramped boreens and lanes;
He terrorised thrushes and magpies and wrens
In the manner of soldiers around Crossmaglen.

But as seasons slipped by and without meat he dined,
He came to think he'd be worse off deaf or blind,
And to his new condition had come quite resigned
When glad tidings were brought in from out near Glendine.

For it seems that while robbin' birds' nests on his farm
A neighbour called Crowe gave a shout of alarm,
For leering at him among tinsel and coins
Was Martin's ould grin there all tangled in vines.

A fiesta was called to make up for his woe,
And Martin was interviewed on Gay Byrne's show:
With a glint in his eye he was not a bit slow—to say,
"Robbed by a jackdaw, brought back by a crow."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Marty Malley's Teeth
From: MartinRyan
Date: 14 Sep 12 - 04:30 PM

Thanks Jim! Thought you might do the needful
...

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Marty Malley's Teeth
From: GUEST,Conor Farrelly
Date: 13 Jul 15 - 07:03 AM

Is there any videos of the song?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Marty Malley's Teeth
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Jul 15 - 12:44 AM

Conor: Click here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Marty Malley's Teeth
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 16 Jul 15 - 03:38 AM

Marty was a fascinating man - one of the great characters and a mainstay of traditional music in Miltown Malbay.
There was a remarkable interview with him recorded by Tom Munnelly and Harry Hughes and published in the 1984 edition of the Clare Magazine, Dal cGaís, to be found on this site.
Oidhreacht an Chláir
Anybody interested in Count Clare, its music, traditions and history would benefit from a browse through all the editions of this sadly defunct magazine.   
Jim Carroll


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