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Lyr Req: The Banks of the Rhine (Brian O'Rourke)

GUEST,CuriousClouseau 26 Nov 03 - 07:44 AM
The Borchester Echo 26 Nov 03 - 07:52 AM
fogie 27 Nov 03 - 05:11 AM
Snuffy 27 Nov 03 - 08:40 AM
GUEST,Mary Katherine 27 Nov 03 - 11:29 AM
GUEST,Lorraine 27 Nov 03 - 12:17 PM
GUEST,CuriousClouseau 27 Nov 03 - 02:19 PM
The Fooles Troupe 27 Nov 03 - 07:05 PM
Jim Dixon 30 Nov 03 - 12:17 PM
Sorcha 30 Nov 03 - 12:51 PM
GUEST,Mikey Bonnor 30 Nov 03 - 02:13 PM
GUEST,Curious Clouseau 07 Sep 04 - 02:38 PM
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Curious Clouseau 19 May 09 - 11:21 AM
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Curious Clouseau 20 May 09 - 09:29 AM
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Curious Clouseau 29 May 09 - 06:05 AM
GUEST,RS 03 Sep 09 - 12:57 PM
Curious Clouseau 19 Oct 09 - 08:55 AM
GUEST,Patmike 19 Oct 09 - 01:12 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Song about a Daffodil or a Snowdrop
From: GUEST,CuriousClouseau
Date: 26 Nov 03 - 07:44 AM

Im looking for a song that I heard a long time ago about a man who goes home to his wife with a bunch of Daffodils which he gets thrown back in his face and his wife askes him why he didnt get her snowdrops. From what I remember it was quiet humourous.One line I remember from the end of the song is:
"on my grave there grows a snowdrop, a daffodil and a sbowdrop".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a Daffodil or a Snowdrop
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 26 Nov 03 - 07:52 AM

Don't know this one but Robin Dransfield wrote a fantastic song about snowdrops called Fair Maids of February. It's on his Topic recording Tidewave.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a Daffodil or a Snowdrop
From: fogie
Date: 27 Nov 03 - 05:11 AM

Thats right! a great song, and there is a line "and the daffydown dillies that we admire" in Come all you lads of high reknown ,that likes to drink strong ale thats brown and pull the lofty pheasant down with powder shot and gun. I have a feeling that it weas a Steeleye Span number with Carthy.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a Daffodil or a Snowdrop
From: Snuffy
Date: 27 Nov 03 - 08:40 AM

See also SPRING GLEE in the DT Database for "the daffa-down dillys which we admire"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a Daffodil or a Snowdrop
From: GUEST,Mary Katherine
Date: 27 Nov 03 - 11:29 AM

And Lee Hayes wrote "Seven Daffodils"

"I'll kiss you and give you seven daffodils"

Mary Katherine


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a Daffodil or a Snowdrop
From: GUEST,Lorraine
Date: 27 Nov 03 - 12:17 PM

Of course Tower of Julian has "Love like the yellow daffodil is coming through the snow" but that's not it either. Happy Thanksgiving. Love Lorraine


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a Daffodil or a Snowdrop
From: GUEST,CuriousClouseau
Date: 27 Nov 03 - 02:19 PM

I think the song was called "Carnations" but im not quiet sure. It wasn't a sentimental song just very humourous. Not sure if that's any more help.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a Daffodil or a Snowdrop
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 27 Nov 03 - 07:05 PM

Another good humourous old flower song is "I'm a lonely little petunia in an onion patch"

Robin


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a Daffodil or a Snowdrop
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Nov 03 - 12:17 PM

Refresh. And please note that the original requester isn't asking for just any song about flowers.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a Daffodil or a Snowdrop
From: Sorcha
Date: 30 Nov 03 - 12:51 PM

I don't think this is it, but it's the only thing I found that has both carnations and daffodils in it.....Click me!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a Daffodil or a Snowdrop
From: GUEST,Mikey Bonnor
Date: 30 Nov 03 - 02:13 PM

Think i know the song you mean. I think it ends with the poor bugger in his grave, on wich "there grows a snowdrop, a wild daffodil and a snowdrop".... unfortunatly cannot recall the words but will try for you. I have a feeling it is a kerry song because the few times i heard it, it was pronounced schnowdrropp! maybe that was just the way i heard it though!! The quest goes on curiousClouseau!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a Daffodil or a Snowdrop
From: GUEST,Curious Clouseau
Date: 07 Sep 04 - 02:38 PM

The song is sung to the same tune as "The Banks Of The Lee".
Maybe that might help refresh someones memory :o)


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BANKS OF THE LEE
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Sep 04 - 02:10 PM

Ill post here the orig banks of the lee the song is a parody of, because it's not THE one everyone automatically thinks of,
being.......

THE BANKS OF THE LEE

When two lovers meet down beside the green bower
When two lovers meet down beneath the green tree
When Mary, fond Mary, declared to her lover
"You have stolen my poor heart from the Banks of the Lee"

Chorus
I loved her very dearly, so true and sincerely
There was no one in this wide world I loved better than she
Every bush, every bower, every sweet Irish flower
Reminds me of my Mary, on the banks of the Lee.

"Don't stay out late, love, on the moorlands, my Mary
Don't stay out late, love, on the moorlands from me"
How little was our notion when we parted on the ocean
That we were forever parted from the Banks of the Lee

(Chorus)

I will pluck her some roses, some blooming Irish roses
I will pluck her some roses, the fairest that ever grew
And I'll leave them on the grave of my own true lovely Mary
In that cold and silent churchyard where she sleeps 'neath the dew


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a Daffodil or a Snowdrop
From: Curious Clouseau
Date: 19 May 09 - 11:21 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a Daffodil or a Snowdrop
From: MartinRyan
Date: 19 May 09 - 11:31 AM

I missed this one, first time round. The song is by Brian O'Rourke and is indeed to the air of The Banks of the Lee/Lea/Rhine - it goes under several names. I'll see if I can find words online - a link posted earlier seems to have broken.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a Daffodil or a Snowdrop
From: MartinRyan
Date: 19 May 09 - 12:08 PM

As an appetizer, let's see if I can remember the first verse:

The Banks of the Rhine (I think that's Brian's title)

Oh, I fell in love last Christmas, in fact, three days after Christmas
Yes, I fell in love last Christmas, over brandy and port wine
Amidst lots of fun and laughter, we were happy ever after
We were swinging from the rafters - to the tune of Auld Lang's Syne!


That's within a country mile of the original, anyway!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a Daffodil or a Snowdrop
From: Curious Clouseau
Date: 20 May 09 - 09:29 AM

Excellent! Looking forward to the rest :)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a Daffodil or a Snowdrop
From: MartinRyan
Date: 26 May 09 - 05:01 AM

Incidentally, "daffodils" were relatively incidental, so to speak - the offensive items were "carnations" bought in a petrol station!

Regards
p.s. still can't find the words.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a Daffodil or a Snowdrop
From: Curious Clouseau
Date: 29 May 09 - 06:05 AM

I have Brian O'Rourke's address so I might drop him a letter and ask him to send on the lyrics. Will post them here if I get them.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a Daffodil or a Snowdrop
From: GUEST,RS
Date: 03 Sep 09 - 12:57 PM

I think that song was sung on the Late Late Show one night (back in Gay Byrne's time) - as far as I recall it was a member of The Voice Squad who was asked to stand up in the audience and sing it...

"I would pluck her a snowdrop,
one blooming Irish snowdrop..."

Something like that anyway - I do remember she rejected the carnations anyway...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a Daffodil or a Snowdrop
From: Curious Clouseau
Date: 19 Oct 09 - 08:55 AM

I wrote to Brian but got no reply. Anybody else have any luck getting the song?


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BANKS OF THE RHINE (Brian O'Rourke)
From: GUEST,Patmike
Date: 19 Oct 09 - 01:12 PM

I attach the words below.

It is called "The Banks of the Rhine"

It was written by Brian O'Rourke and he did sing it on the Late Late Show. I remember because I suggested that he sing it when he told me he was appearing on the Show but did not know which of his compositions he should sing.



The Banks of the Rhine.

Oh I fell in love last Christmas, in fact three days after Christmas,
Yes, I fell in love last Christmas, over brandy and port wine;
And I kissed my love soon after, amid lots of crack and laughter;
We were swinging from the rafters, to the tune of Aul Lang Syne'.

Oh, I loved her very dearly, so truly and sincerely,
There was no one in this wide world I would sooner have called mine;
So I drew out all my savings, and I splashed out on carnations,
And I made my presentation on the feast of Valentine.

And she looked at them carnations, at them pink and cream carnations,
Yes, she looked at them carnations, bristling like a porcupine;
And she said: "You can stick your oul' carnations, your smell-less, force fed Dutch carnations,
That were dragged up in some greenhouse on the banks of the Rhine.

Oh, you big thick ignorant gobshite, you great double barrelled gobshite,
You all-Ireland champion gobshite, you've no brains, backbone or spine;
Why didn't you pluck me one wild snowdrop, one wild daffodil or snowdrop,
And leave that bunch of weeds to wither on the banks of the Rhine.

And then she took my grand carnations, my lovely pink and cream carnations,
Proofs of my infatuation, that cost me two pounds ninety-nine;
And where she stuck them Dutch carnations, I leave to your imagination,
But our amorous relations entered terminal decline.

On my grave there grows a snowdrop, a wild daffodil and a snowdrop,
And my love sheds the odd teardrop when the day is nice and fine;
And this morning, be the hokey, on my grave she placed a bouquet,
Of carnations cream and rosy from the banks of the Rhine.

Oh, she loves me very dearly, so truly and sincerely,
But 'tis a bit late to be shedding tears now, after treating me like a swine;
And after such humiliation, if I've to face reincarnation,
I'll fall in love with some fair maiden on the banks of the Rhine.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Banks of the Rhine (Brian O'Rourke)
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Mar 18 - 05:02 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7ZOwlDtcKg


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Banks of the Rhine (Brian O'Rourke)
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 08 Mar 18 - 08:16 PM

This is just too spooky to be true! After nearly nine years of thread hibernation. Just happen to be in Dublin this weekend for a certain rugby match, but just looked up who is on at An Goilin singers' club tomorrow (Friday) night, and it is a certain Brian O'Rourke! Has to be the same one surely? Will go and see!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Banks of the Rhine (Brian O'Rourke)
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 09 Mar 18 - 08:35 PM

It was: grand night, and he sang that song!


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