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Subject: Dolly Mount Strand
From: GUEST,JOHN in Germany
Date: 19 Sep 03 - 01:21 PM

Please, does anyone know the lyrics to Dolly Mount Strand,"On Dolly Mount Strand on a cold winters night.I turned off the ignition and put out the light---------???


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Subject: Lyr Add: DOLLYMOUNT STRAND (Shay Healy)
From: Sorcha
Date: 19 Sep 03 - 01:32 PM

DOLLYMOUNT STRAND
(Shay Healy)

On Dollymount Strand on a cold winter's night
I put on the hand brake and switched out the light
I looked at me Mot and said, "Aye, are you right?"
Meself and the architect's daughter

CHORUS:
But the sea, oh the sea, it crept up on me
And the water was risin' up quite rapidly
I sez to the Mot, "Get your hand off me knee."
"Can't you see we're surrounded by water."

I switched on the ignition and put in gear
Could I get it movin', lads hold not a fear
Not if I was there for the next bloody year
There was sand in the old carburetor

CHORUS

With water the car soon filled to the brim
I sez to the Mot, "Dear, the chances are slim."
"So love get them off here, we'll both have to swin."
So I let down the window and scampered

CHORUS

So if ever you down to Dollymount Strand
Be sure that the tide's out and everything's grand
For a bird in the bush is worth two in the hand
Regardless to what you are after

CHORUS

From:http://www.theballadeers.com/Lyrics_00.htm

Note from Joe Offer (27 May 2013): I have received an e-mail from Shay Healy, confirming that he wrote this song. He says "Dollymount Strand," is a parody of "The Sea Around Us," recorded by Paddy Reilly, Words by Shay Healy.
Contact information: Shay Healy, Oisin/ Bardis Music, 9 Prince of Wales Terrace, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4


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Subject: RE:Lyric Add: Dolly Mount Strand
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 21 Sep 03 - 03:26 PM

the balladeers website doesn't give an author for this song. I think the credits belong to Shay Healy. Can someone confirm?

The tune is the same one used for The Sea Around Us ("... ...Thank god we're surrounded by water")


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Subject: Lyr Add: DOLLYMOUNT STRAND (Shay Healy)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 May 13 - 08:39 PM

Another transcription:
    Thread #98993   Message #1967698
    Posted By: Gulliver
    14-Feb-07 - 03:09 PM
    Thread Name: Need help: irish folk-/protest-song
    Subject: ADD: Dollymount Strand (Shay Healy)

    Here ya go Declan:

    DOLLYMOUNT STRAND
    (Shay Healy)

    On Dollymount Strand on a cold winter's night
    I put on the hand brake and switched out the light
    I looked at me Mot and said, "Are you all right?"
    Meself and the architect's daughter.

    Chorus:
    But the sea, oh the sea, it crept up on me
    And the water was risin' up quite rapidly
    I sez to the Mot, "Get your hand off me knee."
    "Can't yeh see we're surrounded by water."

    I switched on the ignition and put it in gear
    Could I get it movin', lads? No bloody fear!
    Not if I was there for the next bloody year
    There was sand in the old carburetor.

    Chorus

    With water the car soon filled up to the brim
    I sez to the Mot, "Dear, the chances are slim."
    "So love get them off yeh, we'll both have to swim."
    So I let down the window and scarpered.

    Chorus

    So if ever you down to Dollymount Strand
    Be sure that the tide's out and everything's grand
    For a bird in the bush is worth two in the hand
    Regardless to what you are after


I found another "Dollymount Strand" on Spotify, recorded by Seamus Moore, that speaks of buying the Mot a "Quarter-Pounder." Maybe I'll get to transcribing that version some day. You'll find the Paddy Reilly recording on this YouTube video.
-Joe-


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Subject: Lyr Add: DOLLYMOUNT STRAND (from Paddy Reilly)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 May 13 - 10:05 PM

Here's what I hear on the Paddy Reilly recording:

DOLLYMOUNT STRAND
(Shay Healy)

On Dollymount Strand on a cold winter's night,
I put on the hand brake and switched out the light;
I looked at me bird and says I, "Are you right?"
Meself and the architect's daughter.

CHORUS:
But the sea, oh the sea, it crept up on me,
And the water was rising up quite rapidly;
Says I to the Mot, "Get your hand off me knee."
"Can't you see we're surrounded by water."

I turned on the ignition and put it in gear;
Could I get it moving, lads? Oh, not a fear!
Not if I was there for the next bloody year,
There was sand in the old carburetor.

CHORUS

With water the car was soon filled to the brim,
I said to the Mot, "Dear, the chances are slim."
"So love get them off you, we'll both have to swim." (?)
So I let down the window and scarpered.

CHORUS

So if ever you down to Dollymount Strand,
Make sure that the tide's out and everything's grand;
For a bird in the bush is worth two in the sand,
Regardless of what you are after.
CHORUS



You'll find the Paddy Reilly recording on this YouTube video. If you have any corrections, post them here.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Dollymount Strand (Shay Healy)
From: MartinRyan
Date: 28 May 13 - 02:56 AM

Dollymount Strand is on Bull Island, a sandbank island on the north side of Dublin Bay now linked to the mainland by a causeway and bridge. Joe - you'll have passed it on your way out to Howth to check out the lighthouse!

"mot" is (nowadays) Dublin slang for "girlfriend", essentially. Probably Dutch in origin.

Regards


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Dollymount Strand (Shay Healy)
From: MartinRyan
Date: 28 May 13 - 02:58 AM

Incidentally - great to see Shay Healy here. He's made a great contribution to Irish musical life over many years. Not enjoying the best of health these days but still "up for it", as we say!

Regards


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Dollymount Strand (Shay Healy)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 May 13 - 03:08 AM

Martin, I was going to ask you those very questions! Thanks for anticipating them.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Dollymount Strand (Shay Healy)
From: GUEST,Joxer
Date: 28 May 13 - 04:39 AM

As the name suggests, Dollymount Strand has been used by generations of Dubliners as a "romantic" getaway.
Bull Island started life as a sandbank which resulted from the building of the North and South walls at the mouth of the Liffey, to stop the river mouth silting up.
The marine engineer who was responsible for the construction of the 2 walls was William Bligh, later captain of the Bounty.


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Dollymount Strand (Shay Healy)
From: MartinRyan
Date: 28 May 13 - 07:01 AM

Bligh did the marine survey and made recommendations which were largely adopted. There's a succinct, local account HERE

Regards


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Subject: Lyr Add: DOLLYMOUNT STRAND (from Seamus Moore)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Jun 13 - 10:49 PM

DOLLYMOUNT STRAND
As sung by Seamus Moore on "A Tough Yoke" (2011)

On Dollymount Strand on a cold winter's night,
I stuck on the hand-brake and switched off the light.
Sure I turned to the mot and I said, "Are you right?"
Myself and the lee-patron's(?) daughter.

We'd been to the pub; we had quite a few,
Went into the chipper and joined in the queue,
'Cause she said she might fancy a burger or two,
So a big quarter-pounder I bought her.

Well, after the meal, sure we had to relax.
We talked for an hour, then I went to the jacks.
Ah, but when I got back, we got down to brass tacks.
Sure that was the reason I brought her.

CHORUS: But the sea, oh, the sea had crept up on me,
And the tide it was risin' up quite rapidly,
And I said to the mot, "Get your hand off my knee.
Can't you see we're surrounded by water?"

Well, the car it was swimmin' right up to the switch,
And myself and the mot were drowned every stitch,
But you can't have a game on a water-logged pitch,
And the night ended up in disaster.

CHORUS: But the sea....

It was six in the mornin' when I got her home.
She was highly dice-gusted the game was postponed,
And the next day her mother rang me on the phone,
Sayin', "That's the last night with my daughter."

CHORUS: But the sea....

So whenever you court on Dollymount Strand,
Don't park near the water; stay up on the land,
'Cause a bird on the bank is worth two on the sand,
Regardless whatever you're after.

Keep away from the sea; take a warnin' from me,
'Cause everything rises up quite rapidly.
You said to the mot, "Get your hand off my knee.
Can't you see we're surrounded by water?"

CHORUS: But the sea....


[Verse 1 line 4: "lee-patron" in my attempt at a phonetic spelling. I figure it must be wrong, but I have no idea what the real word or phrase is. Help? (He is definitely not singing "architect's daughter.")]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/ADD: Dollymount Strand (Shay Healy)
From: MartinRyan
Date: 03 Jun 13 - 07:34 PM

"lee-patron's daughter"? The song is often sung in an exaggerated Dublin accent - but I can't for the life of me imagine what his one might be. I'll check it out.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/ADD: Dollymount Strand (Shay Healy)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Jun 13 - 02:09 AM

Shay Healy told me in an e-mail that "Dollymount Strand," is a parody of "The Sea Around Us." Anyone have lyrics to "The Sea Around Us"?

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/ADD: Dollymount Strand (Shay Healy)
From: MartinRyan
Date: 04 Jun 13 - 02:47 AM

It's in the DT:

Click here

Mentioned in several threads, also.
Written by Dominic Behan.

Regards


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SEA AROUND US (Dominic Behan)
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 04 Jun 13 - 02:53 AM

From Dominic Behan's 'Ireland Sings' Essex Music 1964
Jim Carroll

THE SEA AROUND US
Tune is the old melody of " 'S faigamid siud mar a ta se".
Words by Dominic Behan.

1. They say that the lakes of Killarney are fair
That no stream like the Liffey can ever com-pare,
If it's water you want you'll find want you'll find nothing more rare
Than the stuff they make down by the ocean

Chorus
Oh the sea, oh the sea, is the gradh geal mo croide,*
Long may it stay between England and me,
It's a sure guarantee that some hour we'll be free
Oh' thank God we're surrounded by water

2. Tom Moore made his waters meet fame and renown,
A great lover of anything dressed in a crown;
In brandy the bandy old Saxon he'd drown,
But throw ne'er a one into the ocean.
Chorus:

3. The Scots have their whisky, the Welsh have their speech,
And their poets are paid about tenpence a week
Provided no hard words on England they speak;
Oh Lord1. What a price for devotion'.
Chorus:

4. The Danes came to Ireland with nothing to do
But dream of the plundered old Irish they slew;
"Yeh will in your Vikings, "said Brian Boru,
And threw them back in the ocean.
Chorus:

5. Two foreign old monarchs in battle did join,
Each wanting their head on the back of a coin:
If the Irish had sense they'd both drown in the Boyne
And Partition throw into the ocean'.
Chorus:

*Gradh geal mo croide great joy of my heart. Pronounced - Grah gall much Cree.


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