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St Patrick's Day Songs ?

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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: doncatterall
Date: 22 Feb 09 - 09:08 AM

"St Patrich's Day in New Orleans" - Ron Kavanagh


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 22 Feb 09 - 03:46 AM

Jaysus, for the life o' me, I can't think of one!

Seamus


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Jas
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 02:10 PM

The Scottish singer James Yorkston has a good song entitled St. Patrick, which seems to be about a hangover he acquired with an Irish girl.


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Stringsinger
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 01:38 PM

The words to Saint Patrick's Day are great. I always knew it as a "chune" but singing the lyrics adds so much.


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: meself
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 01:07 PM

I'm surprised; I thought everyone would be jumping in on this. I'll send 'er back up to the top. Okay, again, from the top:

1) Danny Boy
2) ?

(Do you still need to know Unicorn? Alway avoided learning it ... )


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Bert
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 12:31 AM

As for Acres of clams there's Ancient and Old Irish Condom"

Sing something Irish to me
any old melody
sing me a song that I once knew
any old Irish song will do
Come back to Erin,
though you're thousand of miles o'er the foam
Sing something Irish to me tonight
to remind me of home sweet home.


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: meself
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 10:17 PM

Well, somebody had to do it - it's that time of year ...

Okay, here's me query: I've got a St. Patrick's pub gig lined up for the first time in many years - got out of the game for awhile - so I'm wondering what people figure are the absolutely essential songs to know (we're talking North America here)? I don't mean, suggestions of Irish songs to fill up a night, because I know a million, and many of them are mentioned already on this thread, but what are the ones that you MUST be prepared to perform, unless you want to leave your audience disappointed, disgruntled, discombobulated, disgusted, dismayed, disrespected, and/or disdainful?

So, top of the list - Danny Boy. Next?


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Subject: chords for hail glorious saint patrick
From: GUEST,bernie
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 06:33 PM

chords for this song please...


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 04:08 AM

Heya Mark,
My eldest daughter, Cheri (gorgeous woman!) may well show up at your gig on St.Pat's. She's stationed in the Navy over there and I'm quite sure will remain true to her roots and find an Irish bar to hang out in on the day. She'd be tickled if you mentioned her from stage and said hello to her from her Ma in Dublin. All the best and break a leg!
Eileen


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Mar 07 - 04:59 AM

get ready and learn your songs now


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Bert
Date: 10 Mar 07 - 05:03 PM

Sing something Irish to me.
Bold Robert Emmett.
Dear Old Shannon Shore.
Noreen Bawn.


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Abby Sale
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 07:10 PM

I generally sing http://www.mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=877.

You just can't beat a good smallpox ditty.


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Joe_F
Date: 08 Mar 07 - 09:07 PM

Saint Patrick was a proper man, a man to be admired;
Of numbering his virtues I am never, never tired.
A handsome man, a holy man, a man of mighty deeds,
He walked the lanes of Erin, a-telling of his beads.
A-telling of his beads, he was, and spreading of the word.
I think that of Saint Patrick's Day, Saint Patrick never heard.
-- Ogden Nash

I will leave the rest to Providence & Paddy McGinty's goat.


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: ossonflags
Date: 08 Mar 07 - 04:38 AM

Among the usual I shall be singing "Exiles son" by Mike Ryan (Cara), one of the best songs i have ever heard.


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: GUEST,Grey Plover
Date: 07 Mar 07 - 11:43 AM

Neither was Fred Weatherley, who wrote "Danny Boy" round about 1910/1912. He also wrote translations of Opera (including "Cavalleria Rusticana"), and a great deal of other journeyman-work, but said that he "drew the line at verses for Christmas cards".


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 07 Mar 07 - 03:53 AM

You're Not Irish

(grin)


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Subject: Chords: Danny Boy
From: Genie
Date: 06 Mar 07 - 11:41 PM

Actually, Marion, there is a song called "Molly Malone" that's totally different from Cockles & Mussels. So far I haven't added it to my playlist though. (I have sheet music but haven't learned it.)

I'm going to try to learn Si Bheag, Si Mhor -- at least instrumentally, if I can't master the Gaelic.

My partner and I will also be doing Both Sides The Tweed (No tomatoes. I know it's Scots. Sue me.) and Dear Old Donegal, If You're Irish, Come Into The Parlour, and a few other "faux Irish" songs that will go over well with our audience.

And, Mark, I didn't even notice you asked for chords for (the dreaded) Danny Boy.
A bit late, but I really like these chords (though I capo up 2):

[D]Oh, Danny Bo[G]y, the pi[Em]pes, the pi[G]pes are ca[C]lling [Am7]
From gle[D7]n to gle[G]n and do[Em]wn the mo[G]untainsi[A]de. [D]
The su[D7]mmer's go[G]ne and a[Em]ll the ro[G]ses fa[C]lling[Am7]
'Tis y[D7]ou, 'tis y[G]ou must g[D]o and [D7]I must b[C]ide,[]G

But co[D7]me ye ba[C]ck when sum[Am7]mer's in the me[G]adow[Em]
Or wh[D7]en the va[]Clley's hu[Am7]shed and wh[Em]ite with sn[A7]ow. [D]
'Tis I'l[D7]l be he[G]re] in sun[C]shine o[D7]r in sha[G]do[Em]w.
Oh, Da[D7]nny Bo[G]y, Oh, Dan[G7]ny Bo[C]y, I lo[Am7]ve yo[D7]u so[C] -> [G]

(I don't do full chords in all those places where I have chords indicated, Some are walkdowns and individual interim notes. But it works with the full chords too.)


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Marion
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 05:59 PM

My St. Patrick's season started today... Tell My Ma was a big hit, as was Jed Marum's "Look Ahead Tommy" (from the Streets of Fall River CD). I also played Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye and said, "This is an old Irish anti-war song, so it's timely for more than one reason."

Genie, you have Cockles and Mussels on one list and Molly Malone on the other. Is there a different song called Molly Malone?

Cheers, Marion


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Subject: Lyr Add: ST PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
From: Felipa
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 04:41 PM

These songs containing references to St Patrick's Day are quoted in Mick Maloney, Far From the Shamrock Shore. Wilton, Cork: Collins Press, 2002
[by the way. the book, subtitled "The History of Irish-American Immigration through Song", comes complete with a CD. These two songs aren't on the cd, however.]
another book of interest would be Edward Harrigan and David Braham Collected Songs Edited by Jon W. Finson

ST PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
Ed Harrigan

Then here's sucess to Patrick's Day though it comes but once a year
And though I'm not a drinking man, on that day I'd drink my beer.
I'll wear the shamrock in my hat, the green my boys 'twill never fade
And march along with Dan and Pat in the Patrick's Day parade.
We shout hurrah for Erin Go Bragh and all the Yankee nation
Stars and stripes and shamrock bright arrayed
The Irish shout, the girls turn out to see the celebration
We march stiff as starch in the Patrick's Day parade.

IF IT WASN'T FOR THE IRISH AND THE JEWS
Jerome and Schwartz

Talk about a combination, hear my words and make a note
On St Patrick's Day Rosinsky pins a shamrock on his coat
There's a sympathetic feeling between the Blooms and MacAdoos
Why Tammany would surely fall
Ther'd really be no hall at all
If it wasn't for the Irish and the Jews.

(recorded by Billy Murray in 1912
that page of Victor recordings also mentions St Patrick's Day Jig recorded by Victor Military Band, 1911)


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: *#1 PEASANT*
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 02:41 PM

All the St. Patrick that you need including Songs customs etc...


Click here for the St. Patrick Epicenter

Conrad


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: MMario
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 12:46 PM

Breasplate thread


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Declan
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 12:35 PM

CLW,

The hymn with the air of "morning is broken" is very appropriate as the words are taken from a prayer called St Patrick's Breastplate which starts with the line

"Christ be before me, Christ be beside me". I don't have the full words, but I bet someone around here does.


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: MMario
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 08:48 AM

I have to dredge up one of my old tapes from Ren-faire; I love the "St. Pat's Day Polka" by Brian Leo


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Subject: Lyr Add: DÓCHAS LINN NAOMH PÁDRAIG
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 08:46 AM

some letters are missing above, in "dhíl" and "oíche2, second verse

Dóchas linn Naomh Pádraig
Aspal mór na hÉireann
Ainm oiric glégeal
Solas mór an tsaoil é
'S é a chloígh na draoithe
Croithe dúra gan aon mhaith
D'isligh dream an díomais
Tré neart Dé ár dtréanfhlaith.

Sléibhte, gleannta, máighe
'S bailte mór' na hÉireann
Ghlan sé iad go deo dúinn.
Míle ghlór dár naomh dhíl
Iarraimid ort, a Phádraig,
Guí orainne, Gaela,
Dia linn lá 's oíche
'S Pádraig Aspal Éireann.


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Subject: Lyr Add: DÓCHAS LINN NAOMH PÁDRAIG
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 08:39 AM

specific mention of St Pat in The Dear Little Shamrock
St Patrick's Day
The Hat My Father Wore

here's one in Irish

DÓCHAS LINN NAOMH PÁDRAIG

Dóchas linn Naomh Pádraig
Aspal mór na hÉireann
Ainm oiric glégeal
Solas mór an tsaoil é
'S é a chloígh na draoithe
Croithe dúra gan aon mhaith
D'isligh dream an díomais
Tré neart Dé ár dtréanfhlaith.

Sléibhte, gleannta, máighe
'S bailte mór' na hÉireann
Ghlan sé iad go deo dúinn.
Míle ghlór dár naomh íl
Iarraimid ort, a Phádraig,
Guí orainne, Gaela,
Dia linn lá 's oíc
'S Pádraig Aspal Éireann.

the tune is published in Eithne and Brian Vallely, "Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Piper's Club"


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 12:42 AM

Friday? I thought March 17 was on a Monday. Or is it different on the other side of the world?

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: mg
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 09:26 PM

Surely you will have a dispensation on St. Patrick's Day to eat meat? We always got one. Better check that out. It is a feast day. mg (And I do not refer to the songs of my ancestors as Oirish. And I doubt any of them ever owned plastic hats).


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: GUEST,Crazy Little Woman
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 08:33 PM

1. Who was it that asked for songs to play in church? How about St Columba (The king of love my shepherd is) or the tune borrowed for "Morning is Broken." I can't believe I cannot recall the real name of that tune!

2. As for Acres of Clams, we shall be surrounded by acres of fish. It's a Friday in Lent, you know. So we are making a sacrifice by having a big party.

3. I thought about putting the chords for Danny Boy on this page, but it's too complicated. Try searching for "The Londonderry Air." Same melody.


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Frankham
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 05:34 PM

Here in the States, St. Pat's day is generally celebrated by the singing of what has been called "Oirish" songs...that is songs of tin pan alley and not the traditional songs of Ireland. Usually St. Pat's day is complemented by green beer and plastic bowler hats and an excuse to tie one on.

Some of these Tin Pan Alley songs in my view are pretty good. Danny Boy as Londonderry Aire recently renamed Derryaire (as in she had a London derryaire) is a venerable tune as is the Rose of Tralee and then the lovely Thomas Moore's songs which are not Tin Pan Alley but associated with American parlor music of the 1800's.

A Little Bit of Heaven and I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen are staples and reflect the repitiore of John MacCormick ( a fine tenor).

Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly and the George M. Cohan songs are usually sung as listed above in other posts.

I think that St. Pat's day might be a good opportunity to intersperse authentic and beautiful traditional Irish songs along with the Tin Pan Alley staples. Anyway, on a St. Paddy's gig, that's what we try to do.

Frank Hamilton


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: GUEST,ClaireBear
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 04:50 PM

The other "Saint Patrick Was a Gentleman" (a toast):

Saint Patrick was a gentleman who through strategy and stealth
Drove all the snakes from Ireland -- here's a bumper to his health.
But not too many bumpers, lest we lose ourselves and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick and see the snakes again.


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Beccy
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 01:21 PM

I'll be singing
The Night Pat Murphy Died
The Old Black Rum
Irish Paddy
Excursion Around the Bay
Lukey

...and others...

Mark- If you have any luck with the stellar Danny Boy chords, please share... My only version comes from a "Wee Sing" music book that belongs to me kids.


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Cluin
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 12:32 PM

"It's Not Easy Being Green"


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Declan
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 12:21 PM

Unfortunately, they haven't gone away you know. In fact there's two of them now !


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Teribus
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 10:18 AM

St Patrick's Day Songs:

And no one has mentioned the most popular song in the world:

"A Nation Once Again" by the Wolfe Tones - recently decommissioned Republican Band.


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 04:16 AM

Guess nobody has chords to Danny Boy, then, huh?

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 04 Mar 03 - 01:52 PM

Plus, one of our players spent a long time in Seattle, before moving to the sunny south.

~ Becky


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 04 Mar 03 - 01:52 PM

Hrothgar - She may be Crazy, but I'm the one who listed Acres of Clams - it's to the tune of Rosin the Beau, which has American origins (at least according to printing records) but Irish associations, and perhaps Irish roots for the tune... We're doing the Old Settler's Song, not the Charlie King one, so it fits (without sitting on the suitcase too heavily) in with the Irish-American-immigration theme. Get it?

~ Becky


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Hrothgar
Date: 04 Mar 03 - 06:40 AM

Crazy Little Woman, how did "Acres of Clams" get into the act? All the others have some reason for being in an Iish bracket, but that?

Still a good song though. Too good for the Irish? :-)


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 04 Mar 03 - 06:15 AM

Thanks for that, Mary. There's the ghost of another song with a similar theme rolling around my head - but I certainly haven't heard this one.

Regards


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: mg
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 09:48 PM

here is a url for Jim O'Shea..I knew a very abbreviated version. I don't sing it because I think it would be offensive today...probably was then too..

http://www.kinglaoghaire.com/ballads/ivegotri.html


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 02:38 PM

An Pluiméir Ceolmhar - Aargh! Dangerous waters, these!

~ Becky


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 01:33 PM

Mary

You mention a song called "Jim O'Shea"? Don't think I've heard of it - any detials? Thanks

Regards


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: An Pluiméir Ceolmhar
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 12:31 PM

And of course, DD, it's not a brew but a distillate ;-)

Any suggestions for a slow air to play on the pipes during a Patrick's Day Mass?   In previous years I've done Easter Snows and Port na bPúcaí (cue thunderbolt from Heaven) and Loch na gCaor, for reasons either purely musical or so obscure that I won't bore you with them.

Hrothgar, there is indeed a set dance tune called "St Patrick's Day" which is in jig time and was/is used by one of the Irish Regiments of the British Army. It's also used by whatever is left of the bands in the Irish Army. For the modern, combat-booted soldier marching on an asphalt or concrete surface, jigs are generally much better than quadruple-time marches: there's more of a swing to them, and they don't take themselves so seriously.


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 12:17 PM

Ha! I had a feeling I'd get in trouble with that. Must be because Jameson's is what I drink lately, when I'm drinking that sort of brew (which isn't often).

~ Becky


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Declan
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 12:09 PM

Becky,

To be even more pedantic they drink Whisky in Scotland. They drink Whiskey in Ireland.


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Declan
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 12:05 PM

Re my post above it was on "The Iron behind the Velvet" album by Christy Moore rather than "Prosperous"


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 12:02 PM

Johnny N,

On the pedantic front, I've read (p'raps in this here forum) that, once upon a time, it was Scots to be Scotch, and that the differentiation arose in the latter half of the last century. My 79-year-old mother has always spoken of her grandfather as Scotch-Irish... and herself as Heinz 57 (a mix, that is including "Pennsylvania Dutch", which has nothing to do with Holland, of course). After all, they drink whiskey in Scotland, not Scotch, right? :-)

~ Becky


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: JohnnyBeezer
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 11:48 AM

Re-Hi Becky
I've just read what I have written.
Sorry to be a PEDANTIC TWAT!!!
All the best

Johnny N


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: JohnnyBeezer
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 11:40 AM

Hi Becky
It's SCOTS-IRISH! Scotch is a very nice drink
Best regards
Johnny N


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Subject: RE: St Patrick's Day Songs ?
From: Declan
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 10:06 AM

Allen,

You beat me to it. The lyrics are on this thread attributed to William Maginn. I was under the impression (based on the sleeve notes from the Prosperous album) that Christy had written the words himself. He certainly claims to have set the lyrics to the tune of "The night before Larry was stretched". I don't know what the album credits have to say about authorship.

This is about the only song that I do around Paddy's Day that I don't normally sing at other times of the year.


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