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Lyr/Chords Req: Mattie (Johnny Mulhern)

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MATTIE


Ezio 13 Sep 97 - 02:08 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: MATTIE (Johnny Mulhern)^^
From: Ezio
Date: 13 Sep 97 - 02:08 AM

MATTIE

by Johnny Mulhern

Mattie walked out on a frozen night
He wasn't heading for the pub and he had no delight
His head down on the railroad track
And his old cow Delia sad lowin' him back

He met with a dark and staggerin' man
As he passed him by shouted back at him:
Mattie can't you see what's become of me
I cannot feel the fine

The very last house that I've left
Half impressed with my rhymes
They're now all dead to me
All I've got left is the beat of the stagger
Heading down the Curra Line

But Mattie passed on as quick as he could
He couldn't stand such a drunken man sober
All he wanted was the light in the bar
The 'Nightingale' and the 'Wild Rover'.

When he came in
They were sayin': Now you're back
Did Delia drive you out
With your spoutin' and your swearin'?
I don't want to hear about Bunker Hayden
But later you can give us the 'Girls of Kinkane'.

The fear-a-ti* eyed him warily
As he handed him his first jar of porter
He says: You must have seen the bishop's ghost tonight
To put the dry look back in your eye.

But Mattie would not be taken in
By their jibin' and their regalin'
He found himself a freshly blown crew
And fell in with their sport and their bailin'.

But as he was going home, in the very same spot
Where he met his dark familiar
He seen him comin' back down the line
And he was bright, strange and fine.

As he passed him by Mattie threw out his arms
Trying to grab hold of his likeness
In the morning all they found was a frozen corpse
And the butt of Curra Line.

And at the wake
They were lashin' down
'The drops of brandy'
'The old fashioned habit'
In the church they were lashin' down pounds and fivers
So Mattie would be fine in the old by and by.

* man of the house

Sung by Seàn Tyrrell on "Cry of a Dreamer" (1995)


I moved this message here from another thread on the same topic.

This song was added to the DT Oct 98
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Mattie
From: brioc
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 12:18 PM

do any of you know this great song? unfortunately i do not remember the fella^s name who sings it. But I would appreciate if any of you can send me the lyrics /chords/scoresheet. thanks Brigid


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Mattie
From: Sorcha
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 12:23 PM

Mattie in the DT.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Mattie
From: brioc
Date: 26 Feb 02 - 02:47 AM

Thanks Sorcha!! Any chance that we can find the chords /music too? Brigid


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Mattie
From: MMario
Date: 26 Feb 02 - 10:57 AM

Have not yet found a tune for this. It is one of the DT "missing tunes" - transcriptions welcome!


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Mattie
From: brioc
Date: 27 Feb 02 - 07:23 AM

The song "Mattie" to be found in the"another digitrad site", is not the one I know.(Sorcha sent me the right lyrics). My one is sung by Sean Tyrell and written by Johnny Mulhern.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Mattie
From: catspaw49
Date: 27 Feb 02 - 09:50 AM

Gota' really love this line........
He found himself a freshly blown crew

Bet they were really relaxed........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Mattie
From: Francy
Date: 27 Feb 02 - 11:22 AM

We had Sean Tyrrell in concert here last March and he was absolutely great...Tommy Peoples was with him...... Frank of Toledo


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Mattie (Johnny Mulhern)
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Oct 09 - 09:47 PM

The correct phrase for "man of the house" (i.e., the landlord/barkeep) is Fear an Tí.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Mattie (Johnny Mulhern)
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Oct 09 - 04:43 PM

I believe the railway line in question is the Burra Line in south Australia. I'd like to stand corrected, but i don't think there is a Curra Line.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Mattie (Johnny Mulhern)
From: Declan
Date: 31 Oct 09 - 09:50 PM

I expect it's the Curragh line - pronounced the same as Curra.

The song is not set in South Australia to the best of my knowledge, but it's a fairly universal theme, so I suppoe there's no reason why it couldn't be.

I've always thought of this song as being based in Couty Clare, but I know of no evidence to support this.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Mattie (Johnny Mulhern)
From: Declan
Date: 23 Nov 09 - 03:17 AM

Just heard on a news report that the Curragh Line is north of Galway city (which I probably should have known).

It's one of the areas affected by the recent bad flooding in the west of Ireland.


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