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Subject: TUNE ADD: McALPINE'S FUSILIERS
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 13 Jul 99 - 03:43 AM

Another tune to fill a hole in the database.

MIDI file: mcalpine.mid

Timebase: 192

Name: McALPINE's FUSILIERS
Text: By Dominic Behan
Copyright: Sequenced 1999 by John J Leahy
Tempo: 195 (307692 microsec/crotchet)
Key: D
TimeSig: 2/4 24 8
Start
0000 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 74 110 0528 0 74 000 0048 1 73 110 0160 0 73 000 0032 1 71 110 0336 0 71 000 0048 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 66 110 0160 0 66 000 0032 1 64 110 0336 0 64 000 0048 1 62 110 0336 0 62 000 0048 1 59 110 0336 0 59 000 0048 1 62 110 0160 0 62 000 0032 1 64 110 0160 0 64 000 0032 1 66 110 0160 0 66 000 0032 1 66 110 0528 0 66 000 0048 1 64 110 0528 0 64 000 0048 1 61 110 0160 0 61 000 0032 1 62 110 0160 0 62 000 0032 1 62 110 1104 0 62 000 0048 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 69 110 0528 0 69 000 0048 1 66 110 0160 0 66 000 0032 1 69 110 0336 0 69 000 0048 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 74 110 0336 0 74 000 0048 1 73 110 0336 0 73 000 0048 1 71 110 0528 0 71 000 0048 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 73 110 0160 0 73 000 0032 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 66 110 0336 0 66 000 0048 1 69 110 0336 0 69 000 0048 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 71 110 1104 0 71 000 0048 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 69 110 0336 0 69 000 0048 1 66 110 0336 0 66 000 0048 1 69 110 0336 0 69 000 0048 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 73 110 0160 0 73 000 0032 1 74 110 0336 0 74 000 0048 1 73 110 0336 0 73 000 0048 1 71 110 0528 0 71 000 0048 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 71 110 0336 0 71 000 0048 1 69 110 0336 0 69 000 0048 1 66 110 0336 0 66 000 0048 1 69 110 0336 0 69 000 0048 1 71 110 1104 0 71 000 0048 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 73 110 0160 0 73 000 0032 1 74 110 0528 0 74 000 0048 1 73 110 0160 0 73 000 0032 1 71 110 0336 0 71 000 0048 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 66 110 0160 0 66 000 0032 1 64 110 0336 0 64 000 0048 1 62 110 0336 0 62 000 0048 1 59 110 0336 0 59 000 0048 1 62 110 0160 0 62 000 0032 1 64 110 0160 0 64 000 0032 1 66 110 0160 0 66 000 0032 1 66 110 0528 0 66 000 0048 1 64 110 0528 0 64 000 0048 1 62 110 0160 0 62 000 0032 1 62 110 1296 0 62 000
End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

X:1
T:McALPINE's FUSILIERS
M:2/4
Q:1/4=195
K:D
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-B,4D4|E4F4|F8|-F4E4|-E8|C8|-C4D4|D8|-D8|
D8|A8|-A8|A4A4|-A8|A8|F8|-F8|F4A4|-A8|A4B4|
-B8|B8|-B4d4|-d4c4|-c4B4|-B8|A8|-A4B4|c4B4|
A4F4|-F4A4|-A4B4|B8|-B8|B8|A8|-A8|A4A4|-A8|
A4F4|-F8|F4A4|-A8|A4B4|-B8|c8|-c4d4|-d4c4|
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-B8|B8|-B4B4|-B8|B8|c8|-c8|c4d4|-d8|d8|c8|
-c8|c4B4|-B8|B4A4|-A8|F8|-F4E4|-E4D4|-D4B,4|
-B,4D4|E4F4|F8|-F4E4|-E8|D8|-D4D4|-D8|D8|
-D7||


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Subject: mcalpines fussiliers
From: GUEST,steeplejackjoe@aol.com
Date: 23 Dec 01 - 06:07 AM

l am trying to find the lyrics for mcalpines fussiliers, l would be grateful for any help in my search,

thank you , joe mooney.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcalpines fussiliers
From: Brendy
Date: 23 Dec 01 - 06:24 AM

They'rte in the DT.
Here

McAlpine's Fusiliers

B.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcalpines fussiliers
From: Micca
Date: 23 Dec 01 - 09:22 AM

If my memory serves me right,When I heard this in the 60's this had a (spoken )preamble that went something like this
" Oh Mother dear,I'm Over here
and I'm never coming back,
for what keeps me here
is the fags(cigarettes!!) and the beer
but most of all the Craic,
Have you ever been on the Great North Road
When the moon was shining clear
when youve got no gold
and your hungry and cold
and your DYING for a pint of beer
The war was on in London
and the Germans was overhead,
so Paddy packed his suitcase
and he WALKED to Holyhead¬


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcalpines fussiliers
From: Hilary
Date: 23 Dec 01 - 10:08 AM

Hi, Words & music by Dominic Behan, I believe. . H


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcalpines fussiliers
From: Clifton53
Date: 23 Dec 01 - 04:45 PM

I've always liked this song and have sung it for years as it is lively and lends itself to a rousing finish, but I've never known what 'got me cards' meant, something to do with the legality of working as an immigrant perhaps? Could someone clear it up for me? Thank You.

Clifton


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcalpines fussiliers
From: Snuffy
Date: 23 Dec 01 - 05:21 PM

To get your cards is to be fired.

In Britain every worker had a National Insurance Card, which he handed to his new employer. Each week the employer had to buy a Social security stamp and stick it on the card. In about 1970, just before we went decimal, a stamp for a man was £1-0-1d. At the end of each year the employer got a new card for each employee and had to send the completed ones to the government.

When you left, you got your Insurance Card back, stamped up to date, plus a Form P45 showing your Gross Pay and Tax Paid for the year. These were your "cards".

WassaiL! V


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Subject: Lyr credit: mcalpines fussiliers
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 23 Dec 01 - 05:54 PM

Hi Brendy!

I'm not at home so can't check the songbook, but I'm pretty sure Hilary is right about Dominic Behan. In which case, the DT really should be amended.

I've heard the preamble much as Micca has it above. But I also heard him (Ronnie) do it as on an album recorded live (Major Minor label, or some such?) in the sixties. (This album was subsequently reissued, with "Off to Dublin in the green" unsubtly removed, and songs re-ordered to compensate. Quite a good way to mess up a live recording. Also the reissue came without sketches and rhyming penpictures of the band members, that graced the original.)

Yet again it's one I've never converted from vinyl, but from memory the preamble on record was:

'Twas in the year of thirty-nine
The skies were filled with lead.
Hitler was heading for Poland -
And Paddy for Holyhead.

For you stand behind the mixer (?),
While your skin is turned to tan,
Then they say 'Good on yer, Paddy'
And put your boat fare in your hand.

Oh mother dear, I'm over here,
And I never will come back,
What keeps me here is a rake of beer,
The women and the craic....

HTML line breaks added --JoeClone, 2-Jan-02.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcalpines fussiliers
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 23 Dec 01 - 06:31 PM

Snuffy, my recollection is that in the building trade there was also an additional card on which the employer had to affix holiday stamps?

My memory is faint, it is a long long time since I was one of McAlpine's fusiliers.

Murray


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcalpines fussiliers
From: Snuffy
Date: 23 Dec 01 - 06:46 PM

You could very well be right, Murray. I've never done payroll in the building trade, just office staff, tv-repair technicians, factory hands etc.

WassaiL! V


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcalpines fussiliers
From: GUEST,thank you
Date: 23 Dec 01 - 06:48 PM

l would like to thank everyone that has contributed to my quiery, thanks again, joe mooney


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcalpines fussiliers
From: Clifton53
Date: 23 Dec 01 - 08:05 PM

Thank You Snuffy.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcalpines fussiliers
From: Jimmy C
Date: 24 Dec 01 - 10:30 AM

Brendy, guests and all. Here is an additional verse we used to sing. I don't know if it was part of the original song or what ?. We would sing it as the second last verse.

And it came to pass we should go to mass
On the Immacualte conception
The foreman met us at the gate and gave us a terrible reception
Get down them sewers ye Kerry whores, And never mind your prayers
For the only God is a well filled hod,With Mcalpines Fusilers


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcalpines fussiliers
From: Brendy
Date: 25 Dec 01 - 05:18 AM

How're ye Jimmy, Fionn, and all the gang.

My Father (now there was a man with a story or two!) did a stint over in London with Wimpey and the Green Murphy's, way back in those days.

It was his favourite song, and one of the first that I learned as a child.

Happy 25th December, everyone.

B.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcalpines fussiliers
From: breezy
Date: 25 Dec 01 - 04:03 PM

ask Noel Murphy when you see him.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcalpines fussiliers
From: DonMeixner
Date: 25 Dec 01 - 04:45 PM

I have a video of the Dubliner's and Ronnie Drew does that recitation plus a bit more at the start.

Don


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcalpines fussiliers
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 25 Dec 01 - 05:04 PM

This is what he says in a live recordidng taped from BFBS ages ago in the 'Eighties:

'Twas in the year of 'thirty-nine, when the sky was full of lead
When Hitler was heading for Poland and Paddy, for Holyhead
Come all you pincher laddies and you long-distance men
Don't ever work for McAlpine, for Wimpey, or John Laing

You'll stand behind a mixer and your skin is turned to tan
And they'll say, Good on you, Paddy, with your boat-fare in your hand
The craic was good in Cricklewood and they wouldn't leave the Crown
With glasses flying and Biddy's crying 'cause Paddy was going to town

Oh mother dear, I'm over here and I'm never coming back
What keeps me here is the reek o' beer, the ladies and the craic
I come from county Kerry, the land of eggs and bacon
And if you think I'll eat your fish 'n' chips oh dear then you're mistaken


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcalpines fussiliers
From: Big Phil
Date: 25 Dec 01 - 05:34 PM

I think 'got me cards'just means simply got the sack. Phil*


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McAlpine's Fusiliers
From: GUEST,McP
Date: 24 Mar 06 - 04:47 PM

OK, y'all, what the h... is "Craic"!?!?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McAlpine's Fusiliers
From: Shields Folk
Date: 24 Mar 06 - 04:55 PM

'the crack' a term used by some english people to mean good converation and good times. It is often (mistakenly) seen as an Irish word hennce the gailicised spelling.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McAlpine's Fusiliers
From: Shields Folk
Date: 24 Mar 06 - 05:03 PM

Perhaps that should say english speakers as opposed to english people, sorry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McAlpine's Fusiliers
From: cool hand Tom
Date: 24 Mar 06 - 07:33 PM

JEEEEEES an expression not more bloody PC especially the unintented type.

    Regards Tom


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McAlpine's Fusiliers
From: Toenails John
Date: 25 Mar 06 - 01:35 PM

One I oft heard repeated by a relative, a member of McAlpines Fusiliers was:

McAlpines men, came down the glen,
Like little fairy dancers.
One in nine, had served his time,
The rest were f***ing chancers!

humour and truth all wrapped up neatly!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McAlpine's Fusiliers
From: GUEST,Puck
Date: 25 Mar 06 - 03:26 PM

Great Thread!!
P


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Subject: RE: ADD Tune/Lyr Req: McAlpine's Fusiliers
From: GUEST,alexdoc
Date: 26 May 12 - 10:08 AM

They were a breed apart those that worked with McAlpine. Hard working hard drinking men of steel. It saddens me to see the cemetarys full of those fusiliers now passed many of them like my father from the EmeraLD isle. God Bless them.....McAlpine yer a hard taskmaster>>>


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Subject: RE: ADD Tune/Lyr Req: McAlpine's Fusiliers
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Jul 15 - 03:14 AM

The similar line I heard was. Down the glen came Mc alpines men
Just like the Bengal lancers
One in ten was tradesmen
The rest were fucking chancers.

Also. Work for Mac and have the crack.


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