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If We Only Had Old Ireland Over Here


dcurtis@monroe.lib.mi.us 25 Feb 98 - 03:57 PM
alison 25 Feb 98 - 05:48 PM
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Subject: Lyrics needed:Irish-Australian Folk Song
From: dcurtis@monroe.lib.mi.us
Date: 25 Feb 98 - 03:57 PM

I took a trip to Ireland and heard a beautiful ballad sung by an old man in a pub. The ballad was about an Irishman who lives in Australia yet misses his sweatheart back home. I can't remember much else, except it talked about an Australian bay 'becoming' an Irish one in the man's imagination (as he looked over it he thought of home). Anyone know what I'm talking about?


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Subject: RE: Lyrics needed:Irish-Australian Folk Song
From: alison
Date: 25 Feb 98 - 05:48 PM

Hi,

It could be "If we only had old Ireland over here."

The chorus goes....

"If the Blarney stone stood out on Sydney harbour

And Dublin town to Melbourne came to stay,

If the Shannon river joined the Brisbane Waters

And Killarney's lakes flowed into Botany Bay,

If the Shandon Bells rang out in old Freemantle,

And County Cork at Adelaide did appear,

Erin's sons would never roam, all the boys would stay at home,

If we only had old Ireland over here.

Does this look familiar??

Slainte

Alison


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Subject: RE: Lyrics needed:Irish-Australian Folk Song
From: leprechaun
Date: 28 Feb 98 - 03:26 PM

Where could I hear the whole thing? Is it on a CD or album? Better yet, where could I hear you sing it?


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Subject: RE: Lyrics needed:Irish-Australian Folk Song
From: Alan of Australia
Date: 28 Feb 98 - 10:18 PM

G'day,
Alison will sing it at the Penrith (Western Sydney) Gael's Club on St. Pat's day. It'll only cost you an air fare. If you can't make it she'll probably post it here.

Cheers,
Alan


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Subject: RE: Lyrics needed:Irish-Australian Folk Song
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Mar 98 - 01:59 AM

Wall, Alan, I can't afford the time or the air fare. Wouldn't you like to post a WAV of the song here? We'd love to hear you sing.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: IF WE ONLY HAD OLD IRELAND OVER...
From: alison
Date: 01 Mar 98 - 06:08 AM

Hi,

Here goes.....

IF WE ONLY HAD OLD IRELAND OVER HERE

I was (D)dreaming of old (G)Ireland and (D)Killarney's lakes and fells,
I was (G)dreaming of the (D)shamrock and the (E)dear old Shandon (A7)bells, ,
When my (D)memory sugg(G)ested in a (D)vision bright and clear, ,
All the (G)strange things that would (D)happen if we (A)had old Ireland (D)here. ,

CHORUS,

If the Blarney stone stood (G)out on Sydney (D)harbour, ,
And (G)Dublin town to Melbourne came to (D)stay, ,
If the Shannon River (G)joined the Brisbane (D)Waters, ,
And Kill(E)arney's lakes flowed into Botany (A7)Bay, ,
If the (D)Shandon bells rang (G)out in old Free(D)mantle,
And (G)County Cork at Adelaide did ap(D)pear,
Erin's (Bm)sons would never roam, all the (D)boys would stay at home, ,
If we only had old (A)Ireland over (D)here. ,

There are lots of lovely fairies dancing on the village green, ,
There are lots of lovely colleens, the finest ever seen, ,
Where the boys are all called Paddy and the girls called Molly dear, ,
Sure we'd wrap the green flag 'round them if we had old Ireland here. ,

CHORUS,

Sorry I haven't got Alan's knack for putting chords in the right places, that's why some of the words got a bit disjointed.

Seeing as you're not coming to hear me sing, (still trying to decide a name for that band!!!!!)……… these blokes are hard to please…… I'm off to put the tune into mid2txt.

Slainte

Alison


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Subject: Tune Add: IF WE ONLY HAD OLD IRELAND OVER HERE
From: alison
Date: 01 Mar 98 - 06:37 AM

Hi again,

Here's the tune. I found this in an old Irish book that had always been in our house, and got my Mum and Dad to teach it to me before I emmigrated, (I had never heard it before, so I don't know if there are any recordings.) I've heard it sung a few times since I've been here.

I know this is probably a stupid question but... where are you from Leprechaun?

MIDI file: IFWEONLY.MID

Timebase: 480

Name: If we only had old Ireland over here
TimeSig: 4/4 24 8
Key: D
Tempo: 100 (600000 microsec/crotchet)
Start
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This program is worth the effort of learning it.

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ABC format:

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T:If we only had old Ireland over here
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F3/2A,/4D7/4F/2E3/2A,/2C3/2E/2|D6||

Happy singing

slainte

Alison


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Subject: RE: Lyrics needed:Irish-Australian Folk Song
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Mar 98 - 12:16 AM

Nice tune, Alison, but I wanna hear it SUNG! C'mon! Make us a WAV file. Please?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyrics needed:Irish-Australian Folk Song
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Oct 03 - 08:42 PM

it was a good song but i'm still young and have different taste!


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Subject: RE: Lyrics needed:Irish-Australian Folk Song
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 22 Oct 03 - 08:45 PM

There's an American version of that, with various American places mentioned. But the Aussie version is the original, I'm pretty sure.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics needed:Irish-Australian Folk Song
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Oct 03 - 09:45 PM

An American version of "If We Only Had Old Ireland Over Here" is sung by Connie Foley on the compilation album "Irish American Music of the 50's." Another American version, with somewhat different lyrics, is sung by Al Logan on the compilation "Irish Ballads, Vol. 1." Here's a composite transcription of 2 sound samples, found at Barnes&Noble:

If the Blarney Stone stood out in New York harbor,
And Dublin town to Boston came to stay,
If the River Shannon joined the Rio Grande [or "the Mississippi"],
And Killarney's lakes flowed into Frisco Bay,
If the Shannon bells rang out in Kansas City,...

The Czech Luma-Electronic site doesn't give lyrics, but it says "If We Only Had Old Ireland Over Here" was recorded by Hank Locklin on "Irish Songs Country Style" in 1964. Authorship is attributed to "Fallon," copyright 1963.

One site referred to "If We Only Had Old Ireland Over Here" as a Bing Crosby song, but I have been unable to find any confirmation of that.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics needed:Irish-Australian Folk Song
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Oct 03 - 08:26 AM

I'm pretty sure that an Irish baritone by the name of Sean Mooney sang the Australian version of this on a record back in the 1950s, it might even have been the original recording. Sorry I don't have the record myself.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If We Only Had Old Ireland Over Here
From: GUEST,Ken Boatfield....from Orlando, Florida USA
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 12:21 AM

What a beautiful song...and I just enjoy singing it....and I particularly enjoy the USA lyrics as well.....what a beautiful song.

I thoroughly also enjoy singing the ISLE OF INNISFREE....absolutely embedded in my heart...
I come from a family of McGrath's and O'neils and I love my Irish heritage....
Anyone wish to chat please email me at nurseman1951@yahoo.com and let me know who you are. Love to talk.

THANKS KEN


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If We Only Had Old Ireland Over Here
From: GUEST,beachcomber
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 05:21 PM

Yes, I believe also that Dublin Baritone , Sean Mooney, made the original 1950s recording of this song. It was, I feel sure, on the Walton Record Lable. I heard it, only very recently on Ronan Collins' show on RTE Radio 1. So it is still extant.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If We Only Had Old Ireland Over Here
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Oct 07 - 12:48 PM

I know the song from long ago when the portable movies came to the village hall and the song was played after the show. It's a nice tune and it does capture the essence of being gone.

   Ned


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If We Only Had Old Ireland Over Here
From: Beer
Date: 17 Oct 07 - 10:55 PM

I sing this song quit often at Senior homes and such. One of my favorites.
Beer (adrien)
From Quebec, Canada


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If We Only Had Old Ireland Over Here
From: joseph
Date: 18 Oct 07 - 05:32 AM

This song was recorded by the late Josef Locke and it is on one of his Cd's


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If We Only Had Old Ireland Over Here
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Feb 08 - 03:30 PM

if we only had old ireland over here, can be found on FOSTER & ALLEN ,A TASTE OF IRELAND. TRACK 16


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If We Only Had Old Ireland Over Here
From: Jon Bartlett
Date: 10 Feb 08 - 04:23 PM

Below is the set collected by Phil Thomas from James Flynn in Vancouver BC in 1970 (PJT#312). As you can see, it's localized to the BC coast. Dead Horse Creek (to the southeast of Kelowna) is where Jim's from.

I was dreamin' of old Erin and Killarney's lakes and dells
I was dreamin' of the Shannon and the dear old Shannon bells
And in my memory it suggested a vision bright and clear
Of the strange things that would happen if we had old Erin here.

Now if the Blarney Stone stood out in Vancouver Harbour
Dublin town to Victoria came to stay
If the river Shannon joined the Fraser waters
And Killarney's lakes flowed into Queen Charlotte Bay.
Sure we'd have those little colleens the fairest ever seen
Sure we'd have those dainty fairies dancing on the village greens
Every boy we would call Patsy and the girls all Molly dear
Ah sure you'd think you were in heaven if we had old Erin here..

Now If the Shannon bells rang out in New Westminster
And County Cork to Coquitlam would appear
Why Eileen Doon would never roam and poor old Jim Flynn he'd stay at home
in Dead Horse Creek
If we only only had old Erin over here.


Jon Bartlett


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If We Only Had Old Ireland Over Here
From: GUEST,Greg'sGreats
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 04:28 AM

You may be interested to know that I am putting a near mint copy of the original 78 by Sean Mooney (with trio) up on ebay today.

It was in fact on the HMV label cat no IP910

The B side is "My Father's Cabin"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If We Only Had Old Ireland Over Here
From: GUEST,Ger
Date: 06 Jul 10 - 01:49 PM

My mother has told me that it was her grand uncle who wrote the original in Boston.It's the american version. his name was Matt Cahill.I wanted to the album 'Irish American music of the 50s, which has Connie Foley singing it, for her birthday, but Amazon won't let the shipping go through.Is ther any way of contacting the seller directly. I will appreciate any suggestions.
   Gerry from Kerry


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