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Lyr Req: That's How I Spell I-R-E-L-A-N-D

Martin Ryan 18 Mar 98 - 05:10 AM
Wolfgang 18 Mar 98 - 05:41 AM
Wolfgang 20 Mar 98 - 05:58 AM
leprechaun 21 Mar 98 - 02:16 PM
Alice 21 Mar 98 - 09:30 PM
Martin Ryan 23 Mar 98 - 07:55 AM
GUEST 30 Jan 09 - 01:28 PM
Jim Dixon 05 Mar 15 - 01:33 AM
RunrigFan 02 Apr 15 - 04:45 PM
Seamus Kennedy 02 Apr 15 - 11:42 PM
GUEST,Desi C 03 Apr 15 - 12:28 PM
GUEST 03 Sep 15 - 06:00 PM
GUEST,Patrick Callahan age 59. 30 Apr 17 - 02:32 PM
GUEST,Desi C 01 May 17 - 07:00 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req:I-R-E-L-A-N-D
From: Martin Ryan
Date: 18 Mar 98 - 05:10 AM

Late last night (Paddy's Day), a friend of mine found himself singing an Irish-American song with a chorus based on having a word for each of the letters in the word I-R-E-L-A-N-D. When someone commented "I've never heard you singing that one before", the reply was "Sure I've haven't heard meself singing it for at least thirty years!"

The problem is that he doesn't remember the "verse" - a long intro with a narrative thread, he thinks.

Any suggestions? A quick look in the DT doesn't show anything.

Regards

p.s. No! I can't remember the words of the chorus - this was Patrick's day, for God's sake!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req:I-R-E-L-A-N-D
From: Wolfgang
Date: 18 Mar 98 - 05:41 AM

Martin, when I saw your request I was sure that (a) I'd seen this on the web recently and could relocate it easily and (b) that it would be in my collection at home.

I was wrong with (a). If I'm right with (b) you'll see it here tomorrow.
Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req:I-R-E-L-A-N-D
From: Wolfgang
Date: 20 Mar 98 - 05:58 AM

Martin, I would have loved posting a song for you, for a change, but to my surprise I couldn't find it in my collection. Now I'm sitting here pondering what's to blame, my memory or my information retrieval system.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THAT'S HOW I SPELL I-R-E-L-A-N-D
From: leprechaun
Date: 21 Mar 98 - 02:16 PM

THAT'S HOW I SPELL I-R-E-L-A-N-D
Written by George B. McConnell, Morton Downey and Dick Sanford, ©1931.
As sung by Morton Downey, 1940

1. Now laddie dear, come over here. Come tell me why you frown.
Sure bring your lessons with you, lad. Now lay your pencil down.
Just look how you've spelled "Ireland." Why, you left out "A" and "L."
Climb up here on me lap, me lad. I'll teach you how to spell.

CHORUS: Now "I" is for the Irish in your tiny heart, my dear.
"R" means right, and when you're right, you have no right to fear.
"E" is for Eileen, your mother's name I mean,
And "L" is for the Lakes where I first met my sweet colleen.
"A" is for the angels who are watching over you.
"N" means never frown, keep smiling through.
Sure and "D" is for your Daddy's lesson,
And I pray 'twill be a blessin'
Now that's how I spell Ireland.


Those are all the lyrics I could glean from the CD, "Music for the Wearin' of the Green"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req:I-R-E-L-A-N-D
From: Alice
Date: 21 Mar 98 - 09:30 PM

I was sure I had another version of a song spelling out Ireland somewhere, but in my failed attempt to find it, I looked through a copy of an old songbook I was given called "The Irish Tavern Folio of Humor Songs". Some of the titles are common, like Cockles and Mussels, but I thought I would list some of the others, and if anyone wants the lyrics, let me know and I will post them.
The Bowery Boys
Columbus Was An Irishman
Down Went McGinty
Duffy's Blunders
I Had Fifteen Dollars in My Inside Pocket
The Irishman's Shanty
The Irish Wedding ("Sure won't you hear what roarin cheer was spread at Paddy's wedding-O,")
I've Worked Eight Hours This Day
Jolly Irishman
Maloney's Leg
McSorley's Twins
Mike Nolan, His Mule and His Cart
The Mulligan Guard
Paddy Upon the Canal
Pat Malloy
Patrick's Day Parade
Since James Put On High Collars
T'read on the Tail O' Me Coat
Tuorelay
Throw Him Down McCloskey
The Widow Nolan's Goat
Laughing Irish Eyes
Phil The Fluter's Ball

I have not looked in the database to see if any of these are already there. alice


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req:I-R-E-L-A-N-D
From: Martin Ryan
Date: 23 Mar 98 - 07:55 AM

Thanks Leprechaun!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req:I-R-E-L-A-N-D
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 01:28 PM

Anyone know where I can find an actually audio clip of Maloney's leg. My Dad's cousin was a Maloney with a fake leg. He came across the lyrics and sheet music which I could learn to play but I'd like to hear it first as would he. If anyone knows where I can find it online or what album I might be able to find it on, I'd appreciate it.
Cheers,
S. Kelly


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: That's How I Spell I-R-E-L-A-N-D
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 Mar 15 - 01:33 AM

There is a recording of THAT'S HOW I SPELL IRELAND sung by Dennis O'Neill on YouTube; it has this additional verse:

2. Closer, lad, and kiss your dad; go kiss your mother too,
And whisper what I've told you, lad; you'll cheer her if you do,
But never spell that grand old word the way you did, you hear,
And always wear your thinkin' cap; you don't forget, my dear.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: That's How I Spell I-R-E-L-A-N-D
From: RunrigFan
Date: 02 Apr 15 - 04:45 PM

Come all ye lads and lassies and sit you down with me,
And I will tell the truth about a land that`s dear to me,
You`ve read it in the papers and you`ve seen it on TV,
But I will spell it out for you, what Ireland means to me.

I is for internment of the innocent and free
R is for resistance to the laws of tryany
E is for the English who have torn our land apart
L is for the love of freedom in every Irish heart
A is for the answer we`re all searching for
N is for one nation and an end to this long war
D is for the dream of millions longing to be free.
That`s how I spell Ireland, that`s what Ireland means to me.

This land was once respected for it`s saints and scolars too
But now the bomb and bullet that`s all that makes the news
I know that it`s confusing and it`s hard to understand,
But I will spell it out for you by spelling Ireland

http://celtic-lyrics.com/lyrics/242.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: That's How I Spell I-R-E-L-A-N-D
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 02 Apr 15 - 11:42 PM

The last one posted by RunrigFan is of more recent vintage - the '70's - and was written by Dermot Henry, currently residing in New York.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: That's How I Spell I-R-E-L-A-N-D
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 03 Apr 15 - 12:28 PM

Bloody awful song!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: That's How I Spell I-R-E-L-A-N-D
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Sep 15 - 06:00 PM

My dad sang this to me as a child. His words were.
I is for the Irish in you little heart my dear
R is for the right of way don't ever take the wrong
E is for Eileen your mothers name my dear you know
L is for the lakes where I first met my dear colleen
A is for the angles who are watching over you
N is for the night when all if my dreams came true
And D is for you daddy and I pray you'll prove a blessing
That's how I spell ireland


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: That's How I Spell I-R-E-L-A-N-D
From: GUEST,Patrick Callahan age 59.
Date: 30 Apr 17 - 02:32 PM

Me Grand Mother sang this song to me as a child in the late 50s early 60s. I couldn't remember the N and and D verses. So glad to have found it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: That's How I Spell I-R-E-L-A-N-D
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 01 May 17 - 07:00 AM

If you put Martin Dardis song site in search or Irish trad folk songs you should find the words, have to say however I loathe this song


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: That's How I Spell I-R-E-L-A-N-D
From: GUEST,Martin Mcgreen
Date: 07 Jul 17 - 06:00 AM

My 82 year old mum, asked me to try and find these lyrics. She is over the moon and asked if I could tape Dennis O'Neils version. I haven't seen a tape recorder for at least 10 years. lol


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