Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafemuddy

Post to this Thread - Sort Descending - Printer Friendly - Home


Songs with a 'Running' theme

GUEST,Tunesmith 24 Jun 03 - 04:12 PM
Megan L 24 Jun 03 - 04:35 PM
Wolfgang 24 Jun 03 - 04:49 PM
Wolfgang 24 Jun 03 - 05:14 PM
Sorcha 24 Jun 03 - 05:25 PM
GUEST,Tunesmith 24 Jun 03 - 05:27 PM
Stewart 24 Jun 03 - 06:21 PM
harvey andrews 24 Jun 03 - 06:24 PM
ddw 24 Jun 03 - 07:44 PM
ddw 24 Jun 03 - 07:48 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 24 Jun 03 - 11:11 PM
Wolfgang 25 Jun 03 - 03:52 AM
Wolfgang 25 Jun 03 - 03:56 AM
Mary in Kentucky 25 Jun 03 - 07:11 AM
GUEST,Tunesmith 25 Jun 03 - 07:12 AM
Les from Hull 25 Jun 03 - 07:44 AM
John J 25 Jun 03 - 07:49 AM
GUEST,M'Grath of Altcar 25 Jun 03 - 08:11 AM
Snuffy 25 Jun 03 - 08:33 AM
Midchuck 25 Jun 03 - 11:44 AM
nickp 25 Jun 03 - 11:52 AM
Songster Bob 25 Jun 03 - 02:29 PM
GUEST,Dave H 25 Jun 03 - 03:00 PM
GUEST 26 Jun 03 - 08:02 AM
Dave Bryant 26 Jun 03 - 08:30 AM
RoyH (Burl) 27 Jun 03 - 08:21 AM
GUEST,FrayedKnotArts 21 Nov 17 - 09:07 AM
Jim Carroll 21 Nov 17 - 09:36 AM
RTim 21 Nov 17 - 10:04 AM
Acme 21 Nov 17 - 10:34 AM
Share Thread
more
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:









Subject: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 04:12 PM

OK. I'm interested in songs about the sport of running( Nothing cryptic about that , I hope) Peter Coe used to sing a rather romantised " running" song years ago, about a 19th century runner from Cheshire. I would guess that there must have been some songs on the theme of running races in the middle to late 19th century as running enjoyed huge popularity for a while, and there were a number of famous head-to-head races between running stars of the day.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: Megan L
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 04:35 PM

Can think of a few songs mentioning running, but not as in sport sorry


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: Wolfgang
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 04:49 PM

"Joseph Baker" is an obvious fit, but you may know it already.

Wolfgang


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: Wolfgang
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 05:14 PM

Songs about sports

Sporting heroes songs

are two old threads. I only saw one running song mentioned (the same as above and in your first post) at the first glance but you may have more success.

Wolfgang


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: Sorcha
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 05:25 PM

You could write a parody to the tune of Rawhide--'Running, Running, Running'...etc.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 05:27 PM

Wolfgang; I've a feeling the Pete Coe song I mentioned is " Joseph Baker". Thanks for jogging the memory.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: Stewart
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 06:21 PM

There's a parody of the Frozen Logger, called the Frozen Jogger. Written by David Spalding of western Canada. I have emailed him for the words and will post them, if and when I get them.

Cheers, S. in Seattle


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: harvey andrews
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 06:24 PM

Sorry, don't know how to copy this from my file in small case.               
             LIFE!   
HARVEY ANDREWS   HASKA MUSIC

WELL, SOMEBODY HAD TO COME SECOND
I THINK IT'S THE BEST THAT I'VE DONE                        
AS I ENTERED THE STRAIGHT, THE TAPE BECKONED      
BUT HE JUST CHESTED PAST ME AND WON
STILL, I'M ONLY 18, I'LL GET FASTER
I STARTED THIS SPORT JUST FOR FUN
BUT THERE'S LOTS MORE TO LEARN, LOTS TO MASTER                     
YOU DON'T JUST GO OUT THERE AND RUN
THERE'S LOTS MORE TO LEARN, LOTS TO MASTER                     
YOU DON'T JUST GO OUT THERE AND RUN

WELL, SOMEBODY HAD TO COME THIRD LOVE
I GAVE IT MY LOT, ALL THE WAY
I FLEW ROUND THAT BEND LIKE A BIRD, LOVE
BUT THEN, IT JUST WASN'T MY DAY
STILL, I'M 23, GETTING STRONGER
AND I'M CERTAIN I'M GIVING MY ALL
IT'S JUST THAT THE DISTANCE SEEMS LONGER
AND THE PLEASURES BEGINNING TO PALL
IT'S JUST THAT THE DISTANCE SEEMS LONGER
AND THE PLEASURES BEGINNING TO PALL

WELL, SOMEBODY HAD TO COME FOURTH, DEAR
I TRIED JUST AS HARD AS I COULD
BUT THE WIND AT THIS TRACK'S FROM THE NORTH DEAR
AND THAT NEVER DOES ME ANY GOOD                                    
STILL, AT 30, YOU'VE GOT TO BE SURE, LOVE
THESE YOUNGSTERS ARE LACKING THE SKILL
I'VE GROWN TO BE FAST AND MATURE LOVE
I'LL WIN, I BELIEVE THAT I WILL.
I'VE GROWN TO BE FAST AND MATURE LOVE
I'LL WIN, I BELIEVE THAT I WILL.



WELL, SOMEBODY HAD TO FILL FIFTH PLACE
MY LEGS WERE LIKE LEAD AT THE END               
I KNOW, IT'S A TERRIBLE DISGRACE,
BUT THAT'S IT, I'M FINISHED MY FRIEND
AT 35 NOBODY FEARS YOU
NOBODY CHEERS AT YOUR NAME
NO NEED FOR THAT BLANKET, NO TEARS NOW
YOU REMEMBER THAT EARLY ACCLAIM
NO NEED FOR THAT BLANKET, NO TEARS NOW
YOU REMEMBER THAT EARLY ACCLAIM

WELL, SOMEBODY HAD TO COME LAST NOW
OR ELSE HOW COULD WE HAVE A RACE
I LET ALL THE OTHERS GO PAST,
HOW THEY ELBOWED AND PUSHED AND LOST FACE         
ME? I ENJOYED THE FINE WEATHER
AND KEPT MYSELF CLEAR OF THEIR MAUL
AT 40, JUST FINISHINGS CLEVER
AND THE PLEASURES IN RUNNING,THAT'S ALL
AT 40, JUST FINISHINGS CLEVER
AND THE PLEASURES IN RUNNING,THAT'S ALL                              

WELL, I'VE NEVER BEEN FIRST 'CROSS THE LINE LOVE
I'VE NOT MADE A PENNY O'BRASS
BUT I RECKON IT'S ALL WORKED OUT FINE LOVE
I JUST NEVER MADE THE TOP CLASS
NOW I SEE 'EM ALL JIGGERED WITH JOGGIN'
THEIR FACES DISTORTED WITH PAIN
SUCH GRIEF, IT MAKES ME NEED A NOGGIN            
LET'S BE FIRST DOWN THE TAVERN AGAIN
SUCH GRIEF IT MAKES ME NEED A NOGGIN
LET'S BE FIRST DOWN THE "KING'S HEAD" AGAIN.

THAT'S LIFE!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: ddw
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 07:44 PM

If you're looking for a little fun in the songs, there's Shel Silverstein's one about the trucker in a race with a jogger — called, if memory serves — The Jogger. And Ray Stevens did another funny one on the subject. I'll see if I can find lyrics when I have time.

cheers,

david


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: ddw
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 07:48 PM

The Jogger (Shel Silverstein)

            G                                                                                  C
Well, I've been a trucker now for 20 years, from the Charleston coast to the Jersey piers
          D                                                                         G
An' sharin' the road with the race car nuts and loggers
    G                                                    C
Sunday drivers, scouts on hikes, Hells Angels on Harley bikes,
      D                                                                         G
I never met a roader I didn't like, 'cept them joggers…

          G                                             C
One day I'm rollin' down 101, I got 18 wheels and a 14-ton
   D                                                       G
Radio playin' a good ol' country rocker
          G                                                                C
The day was surely a trucker's dream, the sky was sunny and the air was clean
             D                                                                      G
When up ahead on the road I seen one of them joggers

                   G                                                                C
He was dressed like they do in baby blue, with shortie shorts and a headband too.
D                                                                   G
I yelled "Sweetie, I bet that you are the hit of the men's room locker
                        G                                                       C
Well I'm a runnin' late with an overload, so get your Adidas off a this road
         D                                                                                                 G
I'm L.A. bound and I don't slow down for dead raccoons or joggers."

                               G                                                                  C
"Well without breakin' stride or losin' poise," he said "You and that rig sure make some noise,
             D                                                                         G
But I can't talk now, 'cause I'm racin' against the clocker
               G                                                                  C
But it's just nine miles to Forkers Leap and if you ain't afraid to race that heap
             D                                                                            G
We'll see how that ol' rig holds up against a super jogger"

   G                                                          C
Race, I must be hearin' wrong, the boy's been runnin' in the sun too long
          D                                                 G
The only place he's a racin' to is a doctor
            G                                                                         C
But before I could say "Hey, thank ya, no", that fool yells "Ready, get set, go"
                   D                                                                                             G
And the race is on and we're off and gone; me and that maniac jogger (Change to A Key)

      A                                                         D
I could've left him far behind but I played with him like a fish on a line
             E                                                                   A
And I stayed about a half a mile behind that sucker
                A                                                          D
Then I pushed her up to forty-five and he sees me comin' and he starts to fly
          E                                                                                                      A
So I kicked her to sixty and shift to high and finally catch that jogger, and it wasn't easy

   A                                                                                             D
Now I'm doin' eighty and I turned to check, and he's stayin' right with me neck in neck
            E                                                                A
His hearts a thumpin' like an engine goin' poo poon pucker….prooon!!
          A                                                                   D
Then he yelled out, " I hope you're set, cuz I ain't shifted into second yet"
          E                                                                                              A
Then he unwinds and leaves me behind, eaten the dust of a jogger

               A                                                               D
Then I see him a joggin' up into the sky and he yells, "Hey, thanks for the exercise'
               E                                                          A
And I hope that losin' the race was not too shockin'
                      A                                                                         D
Ya see, my Dad says, 'Heaven ain't no place to run' , I try to be an obedient son,
    E                                                                A
So I got to come down to earth to do my joggin' "

             A                                                                  D
Well that's the story, take it or leave it, my trucker buddies, they believe it.
E                                                                A
So do them race car nuts and Harley hoggers
          A                                                       D
And I'm still drivin' much the same 'cept I don't call nobody names
             E                                                                                    A
And I tip my hat each time I pass one of them good old joggers

(A/D/E/)

Hey, there's one now
Hey, everybody hangin' in there
It wasn't………


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 11:11 PM

There are passel to tunes that fall into the catagory

Why do you ask?

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: Wolfgang
Date: 25 Jun 03 - 03:52 AM

I have looked last night into the several songbooks I have with a section 'sports and recreation' (or however titled) and found songs about boxing, racing, football, gaelic sports and some others but no traditional song on running.


Wolfgang


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: Wolfgang
Date: 25 Jun 03 - 03:56 AM

A folk singer begins regaling us with songs about running. He plays the same tune over and over, with different words. He calls it different songs. After an hour and a half we bolt for the door...

(from a websearch) So there must be these songs.

Wolfgang


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: THE RACE IS ON -and- RUN FOR THE ROSES
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 25 Jun 03 - 07:11 AM

Chariots of Fire (don't know about words)

*******************************************************

How about horseracing?

THE RACE IS ON
George Jones
Written by Don Rollins

[NC] I feel tears wellin' up cold and deep inside
Like my [D] heart's sprung a big [A] break
And a stab of loneliness sharp and painful
[E] That I may never shake
You might [A] say that I was taking it hard
Oh, she [D] wrote me off with a [A] call
But don't you wager that I'll hide the sorrow
When I may [E] break right down and [A] bawl?

[NC] Well, the race is [A] on and here comes Pride up the backstretch
[D] Heartaches are going to the in-[A] side
My Tears are holding back
They're tryin' [E] not to fall
[A] My Heart's out of the running
True Love's [D] scratched for another's [A] sake
The race is on and it looks like Heartaches
And the [E] winner loses [A] all.

One day I ventured in love, never once suspectin'
What the final result would be
How I lived in fear of waking up each morning
And thinkin' that you're gone from me
There's ache and pain in my heart
For today was the one that I hated to face
Somebody new came up to win her
I came out in second place.

***************************************************

RUN FOR THE ROSES

Born in the valley
And raised in the trees
Of Western Kentucky
On wobbly knees
With mama beside you
To help you along
You`ll soon be a growing up strong.

All the long, lazy mornings
In pastures of green
The sun on your withers
The wind in your mane
Could never prepare you
For what lies ahead
The run for the roses so red --

And it`s run for the roses
As fast as you can
Your fate is delivered
Your moment`s at hand
It`s the chance of a lifetime
In a lifetime of chance
And it`s high time you joined
In the dance
It`s high time you joined
In the dance --

From sire to sire
It`s born in the blood
The fire of a mare
And the strength of a stud
It`s breeding and it`s training
And it`s something unknown
That drives you and carries
You home.

And it`s run for the roses
As fast as you can
Your fate is delivered
Your moment`s at hand
It`s the chance of a lifetime
In a lifetime of chance
And it`s high time you joined
In the dance
It`s high time you joined
In the dance --


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 25 Jun 03 - 07:12 AM

Isn't there a song about running by my old drinking buddy Tom Paxton.
I think it might be called " Hand me down by jogging shoes" , and it was an attack on the jogging craze. I'm not sure I'll ever forgive Tom for that!!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: Les from Hull
Date: 25 Jun 03 - 07:44 AM

There's 3 at the Bodleian Library Ballad site under the subject 'running races'.

You may also be interested in the book 'The celebrated Captain Barclay', the story of one of the most famous Regency 'pedestrians' recently available in paperback, which covers Captain Barclay's 1000 miles in a thousand hours, as well as prize fighting and early sports training.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: John J
Date: 25 Jun 03 - 07:49 AM

I belong to a trail running club, The Cheshire Tally-Ho! Hare and Hounds Club'.It's the second oldest running club in UK I believe, formed in 1872. The club is full of tradition.

I know there was a 'Tally-Ho!' running song that was sung around the 1930s but has now gone from the memory of those in the club. The club consists of fairly aged, but many still powerful runners. At 48 years old I'm one of the youngest! We have two members in their 90s (one still comes out to walk part of the trails we run).

Although the club history is very well documented, the song isn't included. I'm trying to dig out any undocumented club history which may still reside in memory of the older members. Hopefully I may be able to dig out at least fragments of the song.

The club released a limited edition video some years ago which had a new song. I'll get the words and post them for you.

If you fancy a giggle, check out the club website:

www.cheshiretallyho.org.uk, I'm the one in the red hooped running top.

John

The site hasn't been upadated since February, but it should give you a flavour of the club and it's history.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: GUEST,M'Grath of Altcar
Date: 25 Jun 03 - 08:11 AM

Run Johnny Run - Ralph McTell

Farmer Michael Hayes - is traditional I think. It is in the DT.

One song sung amongst the fell packs at "merrie neets" is about Joss Naylor the famous fell runner.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: Snuffy
Date: 25 Jun 03 - 08:33 AM

Cut Across, Shorty


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: Midchuck
Date: 25 Jun 03 - 11:44 AM

"White Line Fever," by Merle Haggard, was not intended to be about running at all. But I hear it that way.

Lyrics liberated from Cowpie.

Peter.

WHITE LINE FEVER by Merle Haggard


CHORUS:
D    G    D               D                  A             D
White Line Fever         a Sickness born down deep within my soul
D    G    D               D                A                     D    D7
White Line Fever       the Years keep flyin' by like the high line poles

VERSE:
    G             A                D                  
The wrinkles in my forehead show the miles I've left behind me
       G                                        A
They continue to remind me   How fast I'm growin' old
                                     D
Guess I'll die with this fever in my soul.

BRIDGE:
                         A                D
Well, I wonder just what makes a man keep pushin' on
                   A                D
Why must I keep on singin' this old highway song.
    G                  A               D
I've been from coast to coast a hundred times or more,
    G                A                  D   
And I ain't seen one place that I ain't been before.

[CHORUS]
[solo over verse]
[BRIDGE]
[CHORUS]

tag:
D    G    D
White Line Fever
D    G    D
White Line Fever


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: nickp
Date: 25 Jun 03 - 11:52 AM

I've a sneaking suspicion Al Stewart recorded one called 'Running Man' but memory fails...


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: Songster Bob
Date: 25 Jun 03 - 02:29 PM

"Jogging, jogging, makes you fit and strong.
Come with us, get fit or bust, and sing this jogging song."

From the singing of David Jones, it includes a great line --
"A balanced diet doesn't mean a pint in either hand."

I don't know all the words, though, but this thread had it running through my mind.*


Bob



* Pun intended.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: GUEST,Dave H
Date: 25 Jun 03 - 03:00 PM

Chariots Of Fire was performed by Vangelis on a Moog (pronounced Moe-guh)and as far as I know has no lyrics.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jun 03 - 08:02 AM

Here's a version of the theme from CHARIOTS OF FIRE as performed by Jane Olivor.

RACE TO THE END
Lyrics by Jon Anderson

There is one freedom
Man running along
Each step that he's taking
A step to his soul

The passion and courage
It takes to be there
A man and his spirit
Alive in the air

And if he should stumble
as he goes
If he should fall
It won't really matter
If he knows
he gave it his all

The way becomes clearer
The way is complete
The need to be winning
Admit no defeat        The circles together
Hold hands to the sky
The freedom of running
The freedom to fly

And if he should stumble
as he goes
If he should fall
It won't really matter
If he knows
he gave it his all

Let no one surround himself with pain
But use it to free him
The game is to learn to live again
A race to the end
To try to the end
The game is to learn to live again
A race to the end

Lyrics transcribed by Robert Eichelsheim and Henk Engelen
www.engelen.demon.nl/in-concert.htm


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 26 Jun 03 - 08:30 AM

I suppose that the parody "Vindaloo" (of "Loving You" by Yazzoo) could be described as a "Running" song.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 27 Jun 03 - 08:21 AM

The book 'Ballads & Songs of Derbyshire' edited by Llewellyn Jewitt, 1867, contains 2 songs about a race between Young Wantling of Derbyshire and Shaw the Stafford Hero, introduced thus "The following two productions of some local muse, written in the year 1822, are intended to do honour to a young pedestrian of Derby, who no doubt was thought famous in those days of foot-racing and pugilism". A limited edition reprint was published in 1974 by Norwood Editions, Box 38, Norwood, PA 19074. ISBN No. 0-88305-302-0. I hope this is helpful to you. Burl.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: GUEST,FrayedKnotArts
Date: 21 Nov 17 - 09:07 AM

"The Jogg(ing)(ers) Song"


Any luck on this one? Now I can actually LOOK the part, I canna recollect silly song!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 21 Nov 17 - 09:36 AM

Not so much about racing for sport, but this epic Irish song certainly involves running
Jim Carroll

Farmer Michael Hayes (The Fox Chase) (Roud 5226) John Lyons, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Recorded in London, April, 1974

I am a bold undaunted fox that never was before in tramp.
My rent, rates and taxes I was willing for to pay;
I made my name in fine good land, between Tipp?rary and Knocklong,
Where my forefathers lived and died a thousand years or so.

Ah but then of late I was betrayed by one who was a fool I know,
He told me I should leave the place and show my face no more.
As soon as he evicted me I thought it time that I should flee,
So late one night, I took his life and left him lying low.

But by telegraph they did insert the great reward for my arrest,
My figure, size and form, my name without mistake.
They broke their brogues, one thousand pair, this great reward for to obtain,
But still their search was all in vain, for farmer Michael Hayes.

They searched Tipp?rary o?er and o?er, the corn fields near Galtymore,
They went across to Wexford then, but did not long delay.
By Ballyhale and Stridemore strand, they searched the woods as they came on,
Then they were hungry, wet and cold at the approach of day.

And round the coast they made a steer from Poolbeg lighthouse to Cape Clear,
Killarney Town and sweet Tralee, they then crossed into Clare.
And when they landed on the shore, they searched Kilrush from top to toe,
The searched the baths near sweet Lisdoon, likewise Miltown Malbay.

And Connemara being remote they thought ?twas there I might resort,
When they were getting weary, they resolved to try Mayo.
In Swinford town as I lay down I heard a dreadful cry of hounds,
So I lay there in the manger till the approach of day.

Then to Dublin town I made my way, and then to Cobh and Americay,
And left the hounds to search away, for farmer Michael Hayes.
And as the moon began to shine, I thought I?d make a foreign clime,
Now I?m in the Land of Liberty, and fig for all my foes.

John Lyons spoke before singing the song:
This song, I got the tune of it years ago, from Willie Clancy and I had the words all the time collected from an old scrapbook I had, but I didn?t actually hear the tune until later. The song was Farmer Michael Hayes. It?s a song about a true incident about a tenant farmer who killed his landlord in a Tipperary hotel when he was evicted, and he went on the run and he finally escaped to America where, I believe, he was never caught.
As a young man, Tom Lenihan heard the ballad of Farmer Michael Hayes sung by his father and by local ballad seller, Bully Nevin, but never knew more than a few verses. In 1972 he obtained a full text, adapted it to what he already knew and put it to a variation of the tune he had heard. We believe it to be one of the best narrative Irish ballads we have ever come across; Tom makes a magnificent job of it.
The story, based on real events, tells of how a farmer/land agent with a reputation for harshness is evicted from his land and takes his revenge on the landlord, in some cases by shooting him, and in Tom?s version by also killing off the landlord's livestock.
He takes off in an epic flight, closely followed by police with hounds and is chased around the coast of Ireland as far as Mayo where he finally escapes to America. We worked out once that the reported chase is over five hundred miles of rough ground. Tradition has it that he eventually returned home to die in Ireland.
As Georges Zimmerman points out, this ballad shows how a probably hateful character could become a gallant hero in the eyes of the oppressed peasants.
It is a rare song in the tradition, but we know it was sung in Kerry in the 1930s; Caherciveen Traveller Mikeen McCarthy gave us just line of it:

?I am a bold ?indaunted? fox that never was before on tramp?
My rents, rates and taxes I was willing for to pay.

When he heard it sung in full in a London folk club he said, ?That?s just how my father sang it?.
Ref;
Songs of Irish Rebellion; Georges-Denis Zimmermann 1967


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: RTim
Date: 21 Nov 17 - 10:04 AM

Keep on Running - Spencer Davis...........
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kamXvqoL_JA

Tim Radford


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Songs with a 'Running' theme
From: Acme
Date: 21 Nov 17 - 10:34 AM

This is the spoof of a favorite Pacific Northwest "fake song" called The Frozen Logger (See the DT):

THE FROZEN JOGGER
Tune: The Frozen Logger,
Words: David Spalding & John Dwyer

As I ran out one evening, along the snowy street,
A warmly bundled housewife I happened there to meet.

She said, You are a jogger, for this I surely know,
That no-one but a jogger wears shorts at ten below.

My husband was a jogger, the greatest of them all,
He jogged in spring and summer, in winter and in fall.

Had breakfast on the sidewalk, and lunch along the path,
And every night at midnight, he'd jog up to his bath.

He left for work one morning, the weather cold and clear;
He'd gone before I realized he'd left his sweater here.

Ten times I phoned his office to see if he'd arrived,
His secretary told me she feared he'd not survived.

The weather turned still colder, to 45 below,
And somewhere still my husband was jogging in the snow.

He never reached his office, he never came back here,
I fear he must have wandered for many a weary year.

He never sent a letter, nor phoned me after dark.
But once there was a rumor he was seen in Stanley Park.

Each evening after sunset, I sit here in my seat,
Still hoping that my husband will come jogging down the street.

That's how I lost my husband, the greatest and the best,
But he's been gone for ages, so come in and take a rest.

Additional Words by John Dwyer

I reached into my pocket, still gazing at her face,
And in her outstretched fingers, I placed a broken lace.

Remember, dear, this token, that we did cut in twain,
So you would truly know me, when I returned again.

So show me now your token, my love, I beg you,
That I may know you surely, and that you have been true.

At that she sobbed, heartbroken, I can't, alas, alack,
I used it just last Tuesday, to tie the garbage sack!

O faithless one, I shuddered, how could you use me so?
So once again I turned and went off jogging through the snow.

(It's in the DT)


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
  Share Thread:
More...

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
From:
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")


Mudcat time: 16 July 10:16 PM EDT

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.