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Lyr Req: The Smashing of the Van

Parable Jones 11 Jul 98 - 03:42 PM
ZORRO 11 Jul 98 - 10:41 PM
Joe Offer 11 Jul 98 - 10:50 PM
ZORRO#2 12 Jul 98 - 05:56 AM
Parable Jones 12 Jul 98 - 02:28 PM
Carolyn 12 Jul 98 - 02:43 PM
Mick Lowe 12 Jul 98 - 07:21 PM
Joe Offer 12 Jul 98 - 07:31 PM
Mick Lowe 12 Jul 98 - 07:48 PM
Joe Offer 12 Jul 98 - 08:37 PM
Jim Dixon 17 Jan 10 - 01:09 PM
Jim Dixon 17 Jan 10 - 01:26 PM
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Subject: smashing of the van
From: Parable Jones
Date: 11 Jul 98 - 03:42 PM

Can anyone supply words and\or music to the song "Smashing of the Van" which refers to an incident in Glasgow in the 1920's when a prison van was smashed setting free an Irish rebel. There are lyrics available to a similar song detailing a similar incident in Manchester. I think the tune may be the same as "The Rising Of The Moon". My Grandfather was involved in the incident and my Grandmother used to sing the song many years ago.

yours aye.

P.J.


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Subject: RE: smashing of the van
From: ZORRO
Date: 11 Jul 98 - 10:41 PM

Well I started typing the lyrics but there are seven verses. I have them and the music and if you will send me a mailing address I'll copy same and mail them to you. I just found two songs via Mudcat that I've been looking for for years, so this is a way to pay back what I've recieved. My information comes from Irish Songs of the Resistance by Patrick Galvin. Oak Publications. out of London. If that is not available to you and you want the lyrics and music, just let me know. Harry Carson, Pearland, Tx. (ZORRO)


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Subject: RE: smashing of the van
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Jul 98 - 10:50 PM

Ah, but Zorro, if you mail the song, one person will see it. If you type it, hundreds will - maybe even thousands will see it. It could be your claim to fame, your moment of glory....or your case of carpal tunnel syndrome. Seriously, many of us would like to see the song, so if you don't mind typing seven verses, we'd love to see it. I've learned a lot of songs by typing them.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SMASHING OF THE VAN^^
From: ZORRO#2
Date: 12 Jul 98 - 05:56 AM

J.C. is correct. Here are the words. I don't have a scanner, if you'd like the music I'll be happy to mail it to Mudcat or to you.

THE SMASHING OF THE VAN

1. Attend you gallant Irishmen and listen for awhile,
I'll sing to you the praises of the sons of Erin's Isle
It's of those gallant heroes who voluntarily ran,
To release two Irish Fenians from an English prison van.

2. On the eighteenth of September, it was a dreadful year,
When sorrow and excitement ran throughout all Lancashire,
At a gathering of the Irish boys they volunteered each man,
To release those Irish prisoners out of the prison van.

3. Kelly and Deasy were their names, I suppose you knew them well,
Remanded for a week they were in Bellevue Gaol to dwell,
When taking of the prisoners back, their trial for to stand,
To make a safe deliverance, they conveyed them in a van.

4. William Deasy was a man of good and noted fame,
With young Allen and O'Brien they took a part so grand,
In that glorious liberation and the smashing of the van,

5. In Manchester one morning those heroes did agree,
Their leaders, Kelly and Deasy, should have their liberty,
They drank a health of Ireland, and soon made up the plan,
To meet the prisoners on the road and take and smash the van.

6. With courage bold those heroes went and soon the van did stop,
They cleared the guards from back and front and then smashed in the top,
But in blowing open of the lock, they chanced to kill a man,
So three must die on the scaffold high for smashing of the van.

7. One cold November morning in eighteen sixty seven,
These martyrs to their country's cause a sacrifice were given,
'God save Ireland', was the cry, all through the crowd it ran,
The Lord have mercy on the boys that helped to smash the van.

8. So now kind friends I will conclude, I think it would be right,
That all true-hearted Irishmen together should unite
Together should sympathize, my friends, and do the best we can.
To keep the memories ever green, of the boys that smashed the van.


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Subject: RE: smashing of the van
From: Parable Jones
Date: 12 Jul 98 - 02:28 PM

Thanks to Zorro for the lyrics. Unfortunately they are for the Manchester song but very much appreciated as I needed these too.


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Subject: RE: smashing of the van
From: Carolyn
Date: 12 Jul 98 - 02:43 PM

Is it just me or could these lyrics be sung to the Gilligans Island tune?


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Subject: RE: smashing of the van
From: Mick Lowe
Date: 12 Jul 98 - 07:21 PM

Zorro
If you want to get lyrics and tadpoles available to a wide audience then see me here Irish@prof
Mick


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Subject: RE: smashing of the van
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Jul 98 - 07:31 PM

OK, Mick, I give up. what's a tadpole?
By the way, if you've got some of these songs that have been requested and they're not in our database, it would be good if you can post words and tune here - it tends to stimulate discussion. I'm wondering particularly about the Irish Molly thread - the only version I've heard is the one in our database.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: smashing of the van
From: Mick Lowe
Date: 12 Jul 98 - 07:48 PM

Joe,
Tadpoles are what us unskilled musicians unable to play by ear refer to musical notation by. (I apologise now in advance for any spelling mistakes because here in the UK it's 12:45(that's quarter to One in the morning for non deciaml lovers), I've drunk a of of Bushmills and France have just won the World Cup).
Given time I will be only too pleased to post lyrics to the Mudcat, but what Irish@prof.co.uk offers is a jpeg file of the sheet music, including guitar chords.I know this probably infringes copyright laws but when the original material is not available, then "he who dares wins"
regards
Mick


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Subject: RE: smashing of the van
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Jul 98 - 08:37 PM

Yeah, Mick - better wait until the Bushmills wears off!!!
[grin]
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SMASHING OF THE VAN (from Chumbawamba
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Jan 10 - 01:09 PM

Chumbawamba sings these lyrics on a recording at YouTube, which I believe comes from their album "English Rebel Songs 1381-1984" (1998).

Note that these lyrics are the same as those posted by Zorro#2 above, except for the words I have boldfaced; also his verses 3, 4, and 7 have been omitted. (For easy comparison, I have kept his verse numbers.) Also, a chorus has been added.


THE SMASHING OF THE VAN

1. Attend, you gallant Irishmen, and listen for a while.
I'll sing to you the praises the sons of Erin's isle.
It's of those gallant heroes who voluntarily ran
To release two Irish shamrocks from an English prison van.

2. The eighteenth of September, it was in that dreadful year,
When sorrow and excitement ran throughout all Lancashire.
At a gath'rin' of the Irish boys, they volunteered each man
To release those Irish prisoners out of the prison van.

CHORUS: Hurrah, my lads, for freedom! Let's all join heart and hand.
May the Lord have mercy on the boys that helped to smash the van.


5. In Manchester one morning, those good heroes did agree,
Their leaders, Kelly and Deasy, should have their liberty.
They drank a health to Ireland and soon made up a plan
To meet the prisoners on the road and take and smash the van. CHORUS

6. With courage bold those heroes went and soon the van did stop.
They cleared the guards from back and front and then smashed in the top,
But in blowing open of the lock, they chanced to kill a man,
So three men must die on the scaffold high for smashing of the van. CHORUS

8. So now, kind friends, I will conclude: I think it would be right
That all true-hearted Irishmen together should unite,
Together should sympathize, my friends, and do the best we can
To keep the memories ever green of the boys that smashed the van. CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Smashing of the Van
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Jan 10 - 01:26 PM

Derek Warfield sings THE SMASHING OF THE VAN on "The More Songs for the Bhoys" (Dolphin, 2005) and "God Save Ireland" (Kells Music, 2008).


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