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Lyr Req: Donegal Danny (Phil Coulter, Bill Martin)

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DONEGAL DANNY


Related threads:
(origins) Origins: Phil Coulter and Donegal Danny (5)
BS: How tall was Donegal Danny? (8)
Tune Req: Donegal Danny + Boys of Killybegs (10) (closed)


dennis 24 Mar 97 - 07:54 AM
Barry Finn 24 Mar 97 - 08:52 AM
Bobby O'Brien 01 Apr 97 - 06:36 AM
Lon J. 13 Jul 97 - 06:33 PM
Barry Finn 13 Jul 97 - 10:07 PM
lon j. 14 Jul 97 - 04:28 PM
BK 14 Jul 97 - 08:18 PM
BK 14 Jul 97 - 08:24 PM
Barry Finn 14 Jul 97 - 09:50 PM
Wolfgang Hell 15 Jul 97 - 05:41 AM
Tilell 16 Jul 97 - 10:01 PM
alison 15 Mar 99 - 05:46 AM
DonMeixner 15 Mar 99 - 07:54 AM
Liam's Brother 15 Mar 99 - 08:06 AM
Don Meixner 15 Mar 99 - 09:52 PM
Don 15 Mar 99 - 11:23 PM
alison 16 Mar 99 - 02:58 AM
GUEST,ed bullock 10 Mar 00 - 12:57 AM
alison 10 Mar 00 - 02:39 AM
Clifton53 10 Mar 00 - 11:57 AM
zander (inactive) 10 Mar 00 - 02:31 PM
kendall 10 Mar 00 - 07:43 PM
Den 10 Mar 00 - 08:09 PM
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GUEST,pat karlsson 17 Jan 02 - 04:32 AM
Jon Freeman 17 Jan 02 - 04:51 AM
MMario 17 Jan 02 - 08:52 AM
Wolfgang 17 Jan 02 - 09:15 AM
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Wolfgang 17 Jan 02 - 12:41 PM
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Subject: Nancy Spain & Donegal Danny
From: dennis
Date: 24 Mar 97 - 07:54 AM

Looking for lyrics to this happy pair of tunes. also, if anyone has words to wolftones "streets of NY" i'd appreciate it. Thanks!

Click for Nancy Spain

Click for "Donegal Danny" in the Digital Tradition


Messages from multiple threads combined.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Add: DONEGAL DANNY
From: Barry Finn
Date: 24 Mar 97 - 08:52 AM

DONEGAL DANNY

I remember the night that he came in. The wind breathed cold and damp.
A giant of a man in an oilskin coat and a bundle that told he was a tramp.
He stood at the bar and he called for a pint, and he turned and gazed at the fire.
?On a night like this, to be safe and dry is me one and only desire.

CHORUS: ?So here's to those that are dead, dead and gone, the friends that I loved dear.
And here's to you, and I bid you adieu, saying Donegal Danny's been here,
Me boys, Donegal Danny's been here.?

(2) Well, it's then in a voice that's hushed and low, he said, ?Listen, and I'll tell you a tale,
How a man of the sea became a man of the roads, and never more will set sail.
I've fished out of Howth and Kerry Beggs, Ardnath and Baltimore,
But the cruel sea has beaten me, and I'll end me days on the shore.

(3) ?One fateful night in the wind and the rain, we set sail from Kerry Beggs town.
There were five of us from sweet Donegal, and a man from county Down.
We were fishermen who worked the sea and we never counted the cost,
But I never thought ere that night was done, that all me friends would be lost.

(4) ?Then the storm broke and it drove our boat to the rocks about 12 miles from shore,
And we often sighed as we fought the tide to see our homes once more,
But the ship struck a rock and we hoved the bow and we all knew that she would go down,
So we jumped into the icy sea and prayed God we wouldn't drown,
But the ragin' sea was rising still and we struck out for the land,
And she fought with all her cruelty to claim our gallant band.
Well, by St. John's Point in the early dawn I dragged myself on shore,
And I cursed the sea for what she'd done and I vowed I'd sail her nevermore.

(5) ?Now it's ever since that night I've been on the road, traveling and trying to forget
That awful night I lost me friends. Why, I see their faces yet.
And still at night when the sea runs high and rain is tearing at my skin,
Why, I hear the cries of drowning men come floating over the wind.?


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Subject: Lyr Add: DONEGAL DANNY
From: Bobby O'Brien
Date: 01 Apr 97 - 06:36 AM

"Donegal Danny" has been recorded by many Irish artists, including many balladeers from that beautiful county, such as Margo and John Kerr. Here are the words:

I remember the night that he came in from the wintry cold and damp,
A giant of a man in an oilskin coat and a bundle that told he was a tramp.
He stood at the bar and called a pint, then turned and gazed at the fire.
?On the night like this to be safe and dry is my one and only desire.?

(Chorus:) So here's to those who are dead and gone, the friends I love so dear.
And here's to you, as I bid you adieu, say Donegal Danny's been here, me boys,
Donegal Danny's been here.

Then in a voice that was hushed and low he said, ?Listen and I'll tell you all a tale:
How a man of the sea became a man of the road and vowed to nevermore set sail.
I fished out of Ards and Killybegs, Ardglass and Baltimore,
But the cruel sea has beaten me and I'll end my days on the shore.
That fateful night in the wind and rain we set sail from Killybegs town.
There was five of us from Donegal and one from County Down.
We were fishermen who worked the sea and never counted the cost,
But I never thought ere that night was o'er that my five friends would all be lost. (Chorus)

Then the sea had broke and it drove the boat on the rocks about ten miles from shore,
But we fought the tide and hoped inside we'd see our homes once more.
Then we struck a rock and holed the bow and all of us knew that she'd go down.
We jumped right into the icy sea and prayed to God we wouldn't drown.
Ever since that night I've been on the road, travelling and trying to forget
That awful night I lost all my friends. I see their faces yet.
And often at night when the wind is high and the rain is tearing at my skin,
I hear the cries of drowning men floating over on the wind. (Chorus)


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Subject: Donegal Danny
From: Lon J.
Date: 13 Jul 97 - 06:33 PM

Looking for a song that was sung by Gordon Bok, I believe. I am not entirely sure tho. The first words go. "I remember the nught that he came in, the wind breathed cold and damp. A giant of man in an oil skin suit, and a bundle that told he was a tramp" Thats all I have. does any one know the entire words, the correct title, aand who actually sang it??? Thanks Lon J.


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Subject: RE: Donegal Danny
From: Barry Finn
Date: 13 Jul 97 - 10:07 PM

At the top of the page enter Donegal Danny at Filter & enter 365 for Age, April 10, 1997 there you'll find the words in that Thread Barry


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Subject: RE: Donegal Danny
From: lon j.
Date: 14 Jul 97 - 04:28 PM

thanks barry, i"ll give it a try Lon


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Subject: Donnegal Donney
From: BK
Date: 14 Jul 97 - 08:18 PM

I know the song as Donnegal Donney, prob the same, from the look fo the first few words


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Subject: RE: Donegal Danny
From: BK
Date: 14 Jul 97 - 08:24 PM

i just tried as both (donnegal) danney and donney; nothing came up... is thi the usual way to do this?


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Subject: RE: Donegal Danny
From: Barry Finn
Date: 14 Jul 97 - 09:50 PM

At the top of the page under filter enter Donegal Danny (1n in Donegal) , under Age enter 365 days, 2 threads should turn up, go to the thread that say Donegal Danny & Nancy Spain, you could also set the thread age to 365 days , scroll to April 97 & you'll find it there. Barry


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Subject: RE: Donegal Danny
From: Wolfgang Hell
Date: 15 Jul 97 - 05:41 AM

reading the April 10 lyrics of Donegal Danny: I think it should be "Killybegs" instead of "Kerry Baggs" Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Donegal Danny
From: Tilell
Date: 16 Jul 97 - 10:01 PM

I was, by the way, the recipient of Barry's last submision of the words to Donegal Danny. . . I could send them to you if you're still having trouble, just write me an e-mail or leave a post.

GMTREMBLAY@FORTLEWIS.EDU


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Subject: Donegal Danny- chords
From: alison
Date: 15 Mar 99 - 05:46 AM

Hi

I need the chords before Wednesday. Can anyone help.....

Thanks

slainte

alison


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Subject: Chords Add: DONEGAL DANNY
From: DonMeixner
Date: 15 Mar 99 - 07:54 AM

C                         F       C
I remember the night when he came in
F C
from the wintry cold and dark,
Am
A giant of a man in an oilskin coat
F C
And a bundle that told he was a
F C
I've fished off the coast of Killybegs,
F C
Hartglass and Baltimore.
Am
But before that I do part on thee,
F G7
I'll end my days on the shore

(I don't know the words well, I only sing the chorus)

C                          F         c
So here's to those who are dead and gone,
G
Friends that I love dear,
C F C
And here's to you and I'll bid you adieu
G C Am C G
Sayin' Donegal Danny's been here me boys, Donegal Danny's
C
been here.

Is this enough Alison? I play banjo on this one so some lead notes may pass through chords that I don't play. Probably Em and Dm if they are in there at all.

Don


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Subject: RE: Donegal Danny- chords
From: Liam's Brother
Date: 15 Mar 99 - 08:06 AM

Hi Alison!

Did a gig at a yacht club last Saturday and someone asked me to sing this one. I was amused because I'm leaving for Donegal next Sunday. How did he know that?

My friend "Banjo" Burke, a great tenor who also plays the tenor banjo sings this one. I can almost hear him singing it... almost! If I knew the melody better, I'd give you the chords right now! It's in a straight major scale so 3 or 4 chords should be fine.

All the best and good luck on Wednesday!


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Subject: RE: Donegal Danny- chords
From: Don Meixner
Date: 15 Mar 99 - 09:52 PM

Alison

Read that as: The cruel sea has beaten me, I'll end my days on the shore.

Don


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Subject: RE: Donegal Danny- chords
From: Don
Date: 15 Mar 99 - 11:23 PM

I just checked the lyrics in the data base for Donegal Danny. Its a good thing I don't sing but only the chorus.

Don


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Subject: RE: Donegal Danny- chords
From: alison
Date: 16 Mar 99 - 02:58 AM

Thanks everyone....

You lucky thing Dan......;. always loved Donegal..... If you get a chance... have a walk down Marble Hill beach for me (just outside Dunfanaghy).... lots of happy memories......

and if you haven't been there before... don't miss a visit to Griannan of Aileach (probably not spelt right)... just off the main road to Derry......... fantastic place.

Slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Donegal Danny
From: GUEST,ed bullock
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 12:57 AM

I'm trying to find the chords to Donegal Danny. Can anyone help.

Thanks, Ed Bullock


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Subject: Chords Add: DONEGAL DANNY
From: alison
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 02:39 AM

Here's what someone (I think either Mick Bracken or Big Mick sent me when I asked before)... I have never heard the song... I assume the chords are in the right places..in front of the words they fall on.

I (G)remember the night that (C)he came(G) in
From the (C)wintery cold and (G)damp
A giant of a man in an oil (D)skin (Em)coat
And a (C)bundle that told he was a(D) tramp
He (G)stood at the bar and (C)called a (G)pint
Then (C)turned and gazed at the (G)fire
On the night like this to be (D)safe and (Em)dry
Is my (C)one and only (D)desire

Chorus

So (G)here's to those who are (C)dead and (G)gone
The friends I love so (D)dear
And (G)here's to you, as (C)I bid you(G) adieu,
Saying Donegal (D)Danny's been (G)here, me(Em) boys,
(G)Donegal (D)Danny's been (G)here.

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Donegal Danny
From: Clifton53
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 11:57 AM

The Dubliners do a nice version of this song. I have it on a Greatest Hits CD of theirs. I like it for it's vividness, and it is a timeless story of the perils of the sea. And I love the singer with the gravelly voice. What was his name? And is he deceased as I have heard?

Clifton53


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Subject: RE: Donegal Danny
From: zander (inactive)
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 02:31 PM

Clifton, the singer with the gravelly voice is Ronnie Drew still alive and singing but no longer with the Dubliners


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Subject: RE: Donegal Danny
From: kendall
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 07:43 PM

I learned Darby O'Leary from the Dubliners. Also have a recording of Ronnie Drew singing Easy and Slow, and I swear he was stiffer than a tin boot.


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Subject: RE: Donegal Danny
From: Den
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 08:09 PM

Luke Kelly was the Dubliner that died while still in the band. Why is Ronnie Drew still not in the group? Den


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Subject: RE: Donegal Danny
From: zander (inactive)
Date: 11 Mar 00 - 06:43 AM

Den, Ronnie has left the group once before to follow his own career and then re-joined. He has been replaced by Paddy Riley this time.

Cheers, Dave


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Subject: RE: Donegal Danny
From: Den
Date: 11 Mar 00 - 09:19 PM

Thanks Dave, I actually found Ronnie's website right after posting. Its pretty interesting. It has lots of sound clips from his new CD. Den


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Subject: Donegal Danny
From: GUEST,pat karlsson
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 04:32 AM

Would like to receive the lyrics.. Play the tune on harmonica - but have no words.

Cheers Pat


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 04:51 AM

It is in the dtclick here.

Jon


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: MMario
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 08:52 AM

it is one of the "missing tunes" if anyone can post it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: Wolfgang
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 09:15 AM

a site with a tune for it

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: MMario
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 09:39 AM

if any one can transcribe by ear, 'twould be appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: Don Firth
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 12:39 PM

Hmm. The tune on the "Irishsongs" website was pretty sparse. Only the chorus. As I recall, the tunes for the verse and the chorus are not quite the same (unfortunately, right now it's buried someplace in a box of tapes).

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: Wolfgang
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 12:41 PM

At one of the next updates the DT should give credit to the songwriter, Phil Coulter.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: GUEST,Fasteddy
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 04:03 PM

No problem on lyrics,give me an address and I'll send them


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: MMario
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 04:08 PM

Fasteddy - the thread already contains links to two web pages with the lyrics, one of which is the database housed right here at the Mudcat. it is a MELODY we need posted now.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: Fasteddy
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 04:31 PM

Well you asked for lyrics pal! OK so you want a recording of the song? Have two versions, best one by The Dubliners, complete with double verse, again,give me an address and i'll send you a copy, anything else?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 04:55 PM

Having memory problems, no needle in record player to play only version I have, I've not got real player or media player installed...

Perhaps someone could advise as to whether this is close enough to keep MMario happy.

Jon


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: GUEST,Pat Karlsson
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 07:19 PM

Greetings from Australia Your beauty - just what I wanted. Much appreciated.. Many thanks to Jon Freeman and every one else who posted. Cheers from Aussie Folk Scene.. This was my first attempt at this caper - so very enthused..


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: Wolfgang
Date: 18 Jan 02 - 04:58 AM

quite close, Jon

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: paddymac
Date: 18 Jan 02 - 06:20 AM

I haven't heard it in a while, but Jon's melody sounds correct (especially the chorus).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: MMario
Date: 18 Jan 02 - 10:56 AM

thanks jon!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: Don Firth
Date: 18 Jan 02 - 01:19 PM

Jon, give or take a note or two (call it "folk process"), that's the tune I remember.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: GUEST,pete-house@lineone.net
Date: 05 Feb 02 - 04:21 PM

Many thanks to all who pointed me in the direction of the tune for this song - it will be added to the band's repertoire


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: GUEST,Winters Wages
Date: 06 Feb 02 - 03:15 PM

The tune is copyright by Alpha Music, Inc I have also heard a recording done by Gordon Bok I believe. Good Luck


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Subject: Donegal Danny
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 13 Jun 02 - 12:31 AM

G'day all,

A friend was after the words and tune to Donegal Danny - and I said I would check the DT for him. Well, there was a good set of words posted Oct '97 by TK (Terry K?) ... but no tune. I looked at Alan of Oz's tune site but to no avail.

Could some keen 'Catter point me to a set of dots? ... Or a MIDI ... I'd even settle for translating an ABC! (My friend is decidedly even less 'computate' than me, so there is no point in steering him towards resource sites.

Thanks in advance,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: DONEGAL DANNY
From: DonMeixner
Date: 13 Jun 02 - 12:37 AM

This is either a Pete St. John or Phil Coulter tune, (I think) and its one tough cookie to find the dots too. Better to get a recording and have him/her learn it that way.

Good luck here are some words and chords anyway.

Don

DONEGAL DANNY

I remember the night when he came in
From the wintry cold and damp
A giant of a man in an oilskin coat
And a bundle which told he was a tramp.
He stood at the bar and called a pint
Then turned and gazed at the fire
On a night like this to be safe and dry
Is my one and only desire

Chorus:-
So here's to those that are dead and gone
The friends that I loved dear
And here's to you then I'll bid you adieu
Saying Donegal Danny's been here me boys,
Donegal Danny's been here

Then in a voice that was hushed and low
He said: listen and I'll tell you a tale
How a man of the sea became a man of the road
And never more will set sail
I've fished out of Howth and Killybegs,
Ardglass and Baltimore
But the cruel sea has beaten me
And I'll end me days on the shore

Chorus

One fateful night in the wind and the rain
We set sail from Killybegs town,
There were five of us from sweet Donegal
And one from County Down.
We were fishermen who worked the sea
And never counted the cost
But I never thought ere that night was done
That my fine friends would all be lost

Chorus

The storm it broke and drove the boat
To the rocks about ten miles from shore,
As we fought the tide we hoped inside
To see our homes once more.
Then we struck a rock and holed the bow
And all of us knew that she'd go down
So we jumped right into the icy sea
And prayed to God we wouldn't drown

But the raging sea was rising still
As we struck out for the land.
And she fought with all her cruelty
To claim that gallant band
By St John's point in the early morn
I dragged myself to the shore
And I cursed the sea for what she'd done
And vowed I'd sail her never more

Chorus

Ever since that night I've been on the road
Travelling and trying to forget
That awful night I lost all my friends
I see their faces yet
And often at night when the sea is high
And the rain is tearing at my skin
I hear the cries of drowning men
Floating ever on the wind

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Suggested Guitar Chords

I [G]remember the night when [C]he came [G]in
From the [C]wintery cold and [G]damp
A giant of a man in an oilskin [Em]coat
And a [C]bundle which told he was a [D]tramp.
He [G]stood at the bar and [C]called a [G]pint
Then [C]turned and gazed at the [G]fire
On a night like this to be safe and [Em]dry
Is my [C]one and only [D]desire

Chorus:-
So [G]here's to those that are [C]dead and [G]gone
The friends that I loved [D]dear
And [G]here's to you then [C]I'll bid you [G]adieu
Saying Donegal [D]Danny's been [G]here me [Em]boys,
[G]Donegal [D]Danny's been [G]here.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Donegal Danny
From: Musicman
Date: 13 Jun 02 - 01:01 AM

Such a great song!!.. my friend Danny Burns used to sing that in the band we played in.. (he passed away May 7th....

anyway.. i might have a recording of danny singing it somewhere .. if not.. i could record it for you.. or maybe send you a midi of the melody......


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Donegal Danny
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 13 Jun 02 - 02:32 AM

G'day again,

Don Meixner: Thanks for the reply. The (probable) credits will help track it down ... but may not find published music. My friend is a classically trained violinist and so he wants traditional notation. The chords will be good if he switches to another of the instruments he plays less often ... tenor banjo or mandolin ... but not guitar.

I have already given him the words from the DT ... but I will compare for any nice differences in your set! I don't know how well he remembers the tune, which was sung by a mutual friend ... who worked for a short time with blue asbestos in a British naval dockyard - before migrating to Australia ... and who died a year or two back from mesothelioma!

Musicman: Thanks for your offer. A recording or (even better for extracting 'dots') a MIDI would be very handy. I would like to see the tune added to Alan (of Oz)'s Mudcat Music Page ... along with all the Australian song tunes I owe him! If I get something that suits, I will pass it on so that all 'Catters have access to it.

If you have a reasonably compact digital file of the song, will PM an e-mail address suitable to receive it.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Jun 02 - 03:06 AM

Hi, Bob - note the link that Jon Freeman posted above - (click).
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: Wolfgang
Date: 13 Jun 02 - 04:04 AM

click here for a real audio sung version. (and click once more when on that page)

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Sep 02 - 03:39 PM

Subject: Can't find out who wrote the song Donega Dann
From: Dukemerrick@aol
Date: 24-Sep-02 - 01:38 PM

I would like to know who wrote the song 'Donegal Danny" and the name of the publisher so that I can contact them



I've transferred the above from the Help Forum.

Is it agreed that Phil Coulter is the songwriter, as stated above? BMI has the song registered, but says the writer is unknown. ASCAP doesn't list it. Could it be traditional?

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: Noreen
Date: 24 Sep 02 - 06:17 PM

Not traditional, pretty recent composition credited to Phil Coulter / Bill Martin (though some places just give Coulter's name.)

e.g. on The Best of the Dubliners, 1974 (probably produced by Phil Coulter, too).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: mutineer
Date: 07 Apr 03 - 06:00 PM

I always thought Donegal Danny was traditional...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: Celtaddict
Date: 07 Apr 03 - 06:23 PM

So, Dennis, did you also find "Nancy Spain" and "Streets of New York"?
I have both if you are still looking for those.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: GUEST,the twangman
Date: 24 Feb 08 - 04:14 PM

Donegal Danny first appeared on The Dubliners album Plain and Simple in 1973, which was produced by Phil Coulter. It is the same album on which "The Town I Loved So Well" first appeared. Phil Coulter and Bill Martin had a publishing partnership which led to each being co-credited for the others songs, even though they often wrote separately, a bit like lennon and mccartney i suppose.


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Subject: DT Correction: Donegal Danny
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Aug 09 - 10:50 PM

Well, maybe it's time to submit a corrected transcription to the Digital Tradition and include attribution for the song. I have the Dubliners recording of the song, and I've added the corrections I hear in italics. Any other corrections?
-Joe-

DONEGAL DANNY
(Phil Coulter and Bill Martin)

I remember the night that he came in
From the wintery cold and damp,
A giant of a man in an oilskin coat
And a bundle that told he was a tramp.
He stood at the bar and he called a pint,
Then turned and gazed at the fire.
On a night like this, to be safe and dry
Is my one and only desire.


CHORUS
So here's to those that are dead and gone,
The friends that I loved dear;
And here's to you, then I'll bid you adieu
Sayin' "Donegal Danny's been here, me boys,
Donegal Danny's been here."

Then in a voice that was hushed and low
He said "Listen, I'll tell you a tale
How a man of the sea became a man of the road
And never more will set sail;
I fished out of Howth and Killybegs,
Ardglass and Baltimore;
But the cruel sea has beaten me
And I'll end my days on the shore."

One fateful night in the wind and the rain,
We set sail from Killybegs town;
There were five of us from sweet Donegal,
And one from County Down.
We were fishermen who worked the sea,
And never counted the cost;
But I never thought 'ere that night was gone
That my fine friends would all be lost.

Then the storm it broke and drove the boat
To
the rocks about ten miles from shore;
As we fought the tide, we hoped inside
To see our homes once more.
Then we struck a rock and holed the bow,
And all of us knew that she'd go down.
So we jumped right into the icy sea,
And prayed to God we wouldn't drown.
- - -
But the ragin' sea was risin' still
As we struck out for the land;
And she fought with all her cruelty
To claim that gallant band.
By Saint John's point in the early dawn,
I dragged myself on the shore;
And I cursed the sea for what she'd done
And vowed to sail her never more.

Ever since that night, I've been on the road,
Travelin' and trying to forget
That awful night I lost all my friends,
I see their faces yet;
And often at night, when the sea is high,
And the rain is tearing at my skin,
I hear the cries of drowning men,
Floating over on the wind.


@Irish @sailor @wreck @death
filename[ DONGALDN
TK
oct



Any disagreements or other corrections?
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 12:10 AM

I don't know about : "Then the storm it broke and broke the boat
With the rocks about ten miles from shore;" listened again and changed to and drove the boat To the rocks -Joe-

I've got a printed set of lyrics on liner notes from Arranmore's "Island Home", a few differences. The above reads "Well the storm it broke and it drove our boat onto the rocks ten miles from shore".   

Also credits the song to S. McCarthy (Sean?). All the other songs on this liner seem carefully credited, so I don't think they pulled this out of the air. Their guy George Stevens learned it from Gerry Timlin who apparently came out of Northern Ireland.

And the locales were a bit different, uses "St. James Point" instead of St. John's, and "I've fished at the Point and at Killybegs, from Bundoran to the isle of Arranmore".    Also some slightly different phrasing, but I guess none of this is germane if you think it's still a Coulter/Martin production.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: GUEST,pattyClink
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 07:40 PM

Sorry about that anonymous posting, by the way, I keep forgetting I am not signed in.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Donegal Danny
From: goatfell
Date: 03 Aug 09 - 03:33 PM

the dubliners did this song


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