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Lyr Add: Darby O'Leary

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DARBY O'LEARY
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Ezio 01 May 98 - 10:46 AM
Barry Finn 01 May 98 - 12:03 PM
Bruce O. 01 May 98 - 12:15 PM
Martin Ryan. 20 May 98 - 05:04 PM
Martin Ryan. 20 May 98 - 05:17 PM
Barry Finn 20 May 98 - 06:25 PM
Martin Ryan. 20 May 98 - 08:11 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: DARBY O'LEARY^^
From: Ezio
Date: 01 May 98 - 10:46 AM

DARBY O'LEARY

One evening of late as I happened to stray
To the County Tipperary I straight took my way
To dig the potatoes and work by the day
for a farmer called Darby O'Leary.

I asked him how far we were bound for to go
The night being dark and the cold wind did blow
I was hungry and tired and my spirits were low
for I got neither whiskey nor water.

The dirty old miser he mounted his steed
To the Galbally mountains he rode in great speed
I followed behind 'til my poor feet did bleed
when we stopped when his old horse was weary.

When we came to his cottage I entered it first
it seemed like a kennel or a ruined old church
Says I to myself I am left in the lurch
in the house of old Darby O'Leary

I well recollect it was Michalmass night
To a ?????? supper he did me invite
A cup of sour milk that was more green than white
And it gave me the trotting disorder

The wet old potatoes would poison the cats
And the barn where my bed was was swarming with rats
The fleas would have frightened the fearless St. Pat
who banished the snakes o'er the border.

He worked me by day and he worked me by night,
while he held an old candle to give me some light
I wished his potatoes would die of the blight
or himself would go off with the fairies.

It was on this old miser I looked with a frown
When the straw was brought in for to make my shakedown
And I wished I had never seen him nor his town
nor the sky above Darby O'Leary.

I've worked in Kilconnel, I've worked in Killmore
I worked in Knoockannie and Shamballamore
In Kalisanaker and Sollahed Moore with farmers so decent and cheery.

I've worked in Tipperary, the Rag and Ross Green
At the mount of Killfegal, the Bridge of Orleans
But such woeful starvation I never yet seen
As I got from old Darby O'Leary

(one word missing in the 5th stanza)


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Darby O'Leary
From: Barry Finn
Date: 01 May 98 - 12:03 PM

I well recollect it was muckel this night
To a harty good supper he did me invite
With a cup o'r sour milk that would fizz a gas (sp?) snipe

By what he said then, I well understood
That my bed in the barn was not very good
For the blankets were made at the time of the flood
And the quilts & the sheets in proportion

Barry


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Darby O'Leary
From: Bruce O.
Date: 01 May 98 - 12:15 PM

Anybody have "Larry O'Gaff"? I've only got the 1st line or two, and its rollicking tune, of course.


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Darby O'Leary
From: Martin Ryan.
Date: 20 May 98 - 05:04 PM

Barry

"that would physic a snipe", oddly enough, is the phrase in your first verse.

I'll check the rest if I can find a set.


Regards


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Darby O'Leary
From: Martin Ryan.
Date: 20 May 98 - 05:17 PM

This one is usually known as "The Galbally Farmer" and is given in "More Irish Street Ballads" by O'Lochlainn. Doesn't appear to be in the DT.
I'll resist the temptation to correct the spelling of the placenames in Ezio's (good) version - for fear of starting another geographical thread!

Regards


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Darby O'Leary
From: Barry Finn
Date: 20 May 98 - 06:25 PM

Thanks Martin, at one time it was explained to me what that phrase meant, I no longer have a recollection of the explanation, I was also told it was 'muckle' (good ?) if you know would you re-enlighten me. Thanks, Barry


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Darby O'Leary
From: Martin Ryan.
Date: 20 May 98 - 08:11 PM

"physic" in this sense menas "give medicine to", basically. As in "physician".

Regards


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