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Lyr Req: Bottles of Black Porter (Ted Desmond)

Umberto De Palma 11 Jan 97 - 10:44 AM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 14 Dec 06 - 01:52 AM
McGrath of Harlow 14 Dec 06 - 03:56 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 15 Dec 06 - 12:40 AM
Jim Dixon 19 Dec 09 - 07:40 PM
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Subject: Bottles of black porter
From: Umberto De Palma
Date: 11 Jan 97 - 10:44 AM

Anybody knows where to find in Internet the Irish song called: "Bottles of black Porter"? Ted Desmond wrote the words, and ther air is based on "The Farmer making Hay".


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Subject: Lyr Add: BOTTLES OF BLACK PORTER (Ted Desmond)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 01:52 AM

irishsongs.com
    Bottles of Black Porter
    Ted Desmond

    I was born so small and weak
    no bottle could I touch
    or touch until the nurse the order gave
    go get that child some porter
     
    and when to man's estate I grew
    My medicine chart no bottles knew
    nor potions pills or powder blue
    but bottles of plain porter
     
    Churchill and Dev are two good sports
    but when Churchill very out of sorts
    asked from Dev the Irish Ports
    Dev told him to stick to porter
     
    some fear to swim the river Lee
    the Shannon Boyne or Old Liffy
    but who wouldn't chance the Irish sea
    If frothy brine were porter
     
    Paddy Flaherty on a skite
    traveled pubs by day and night
    but what did he drink when he got tight?
    he called for pints of porter
     
    and now my song has come to an end
    my homeward way I soon must wend
    I'm hoping that the God's will send
    another round of porter


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Subject: RE: Bottles of black porter
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 03:56 PM

I'm sure that first verse should read more like:

I was born so small and weak
no bottle could I touch or take
until the nurse the order gave
go get that child some porter


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Subject: RE: Bottles of black porter
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 12:40 AM

I would not be surprised if your thought might not be correct. It doesn't quite make sense the way I found it, but I left it that way since I didn't know. Thanks again.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BOTTLES OF BLACK PORTER (Ted Desmond)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 07:40 PM

Here's how it appears in Ballads from the Pubs of Ireland by James N. Healy (Dublin and Cork: The Mercier Press, 3rd edition, 1968), page 14:


BOTTLES OF BLACK PORTER
Words, Ted Desmond. Music based on THE FARMER MAKING HAY.

1. I was born so small and weak [pronounced "wake"]
No bottle could I touch or take
Until the nurse the order spake:
"Go get that child some porter."

CHORUS: Tooriloo, riloo, riloo
Tooriloo, riloo, riloo
Tooriloo, riloo, riloo
O give that child some porter.


2. And so to man's estate I grew.
My medicine chart no bottles knew,
Nor potions, pills or powder blue,
But bottles of plain porter.

3. Churchill and Dev are two good sports,
But when Churchill, very out of sorts,
Asked from Dev the Irish Ports,
Dev told him to stick to porter.

4. Some fear to swim the river Lee,
The Shannon, Boyne, or old Liffey,
But who wouldn't chance the Irish Sea
If frothy brine were porter?

5. Paddy Flaherty on a skite
Travelled pubs by day and night
But what did he drink when he got tight?
He called for pints of porter.

6. And now my song has come to an end.
My homeward way I soon must wend.
I'm hoping that the gods will send
Another round of porter.


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