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Lyr Req: King Lear (Con O'Driscoll)

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Subject: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: dagenham doc
Date: 02 Mar 04 - 05:19 PM

I've been listening to an Irish singer(on a burnt c.d.I'm sorry to say)singing a very clever version of King Lear. I have no idea who the singer is or where the recording is from. Can anyone help?

thanks

Doc.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: Nerd
Date: 02 Mar 04 - 05:28 PM

When you say "singing a version of King Lear" do you mean that someone made a ballad out of the plot of King Lear? I haven't heard it. Adam McNaughton did one based on hamlet, which has been widely covered.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Mar 04 - 05:30 PM

Con O'Driscoll, according to Martin Ryan on this thread.

Claire


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: GUEST,ClaireBear
Date: 02 Mar 04 - 05:35 PM

And there's a link to CD purchase, with a sound sample, at this site.

Claire


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: dagenham doc
Date: 03 Mar 04 - 03:33 AM

.Con O'Driscoll,that's the man.


cheers

Doc


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 03 Mar 04 - 06:35 AM

Con has written a number of very funny songs. Among his other distinctions is that of coach to the Tocane Slashers hurling team - but that's another story...

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Mar 04 - 11:11 PM

The singer/author's name is given variously as O'Drisceoil, Ó Drisceoil, and O'Driscoll – all on the same web page! (Link given by ClaireBear above.)

Here's my transcription of the sound sample found on that page:

You scholars of English, one question I'll ask.
To answer you won't find a difficult task.
Of Shakespeare's great heroes, which one would you pick
To award him first prize for being totally thick?

Othello, you know, was a gullible dupe,
And Hamlet's delay landed him in the soup,
But the stupidest asshole in all of Shakespeare
Is that old king of England, a man they call Lear.

Three daughters he had in the course of his life,
Although we're not told what befell his poor wife.
I'll bet she ran off to avoid going insane.
After years of enduring....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 05 Mar 04 - 06:51 AM

Jim

The second version is Irish, the third is English and the first is a hybrid!

The tune is "The Bould Thady Quill", if I remember rightly.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: GUEST,Mikeyjoe
Date: 05 Mar 04 - 06:55 AM

Martin

I don't think the tune is Bould Thady although it is similar. A mighty song. Any man to rhyme disciples with foibles! magnificant. BTW whats the story about Tocane Slashers


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 05 Mar 04 - 09:04 AM

Mikeyjoe

As I read it , Thady Quill keeps coming into my head - but I certainly wouldn't swear to it!

Regards

p.s. As far as the Tocane Slashers are conccerned Click here and search for slashers on the page. Mind you, looks like Con was a mere sub on this occasion!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 05 Mar 04 - 09:05 AM

Ooops! You need to go to the photos page first. Sorry about that.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: GUEST,Mikey joe
Date: 05 Mar 04 - 09:19 AM

Cheers ~Martin

Good to see Timmy the Brit in ther last photo. Haven't seen him in donkeys years.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: MartinRyan
Date: 05 Mar 04 - 03:02 PM

The tune is "tatterjack Walsh" or "The Price of my pig", methinks!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: MartinRyan
Date: 25 Sep 06 - 07:35 PM

Click here for latest news on Con Fada's songs.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 25 Sep 06 - 08:30 PM

Lear was a ballad originally - before Shakespeare, as I remember.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: Joe_F
Date: 25 Sep 06 - 11:13 PM

wld: Yes, I have a recording of Ewan MacColl singing it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 26 Sep 06 - 08:25 AM

Trust old Ewan to pick the catchy ones!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: MartinRyan
Date: 25 Apr 09 - 02:16 PM

Currently, at least,you can hear Con singing this one HERE

Regards


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Subject: ADD: King Lear (Con O'Driscoll)
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 25 Apr 09 - 02:38 PM

KING LEAR
(Con "Fada" O'Drisceoil / Con O'Driscoll)

You scholars of English one question I'll ask
To answer you won't find a difficult task
Of Shakespeare's great heroes, which one would you pick
To award him first prize for being totally thick
Othello you know was a gullible dupe
And Hamlet's delaying landed him in the soup
But the stupidest moron in all of Shakespeare
Was that old King of England, the man they call Lear

Three daughters he had in the course of his life
Although we're not told what befell his poor wife
I'll bet she ran off to avoid going insane
After years of enduring that pompous oul pain
At the Donkey and Crown where he drank every night
The locals all knew poor old Lear wasn't bright
When they said your "Royal Highness we love and revere"
The oul fool lapped it up and bought everyone beer

At the age of four-score and in fear of expiring
King Lear told his girls he intended retiring
Of loss of his faculties sadly he moaned
As if he could forfeit what he'd never owned
He said that his kingdom he planned to partition
Provided his daughters fulfilled one condition
"Before I hand over this rich legacy
You must tell me how much you admire me," said he

Now the two eldest daughters named Goneril and Regan
Knew well what he wanted, so promptly they began
To swear how they always did love and respect him
They thought that the sun rose each day from his rectum
Says Cordelia the youngest, being honest and true
"Can't you see Da they're taking the piss out of you"
King Lear lost the head and began to scream at her
But still she refused her oul father to flatter

Then says the bould Lear, "I swear on my honor
I'll split my estate between Regan and Goneril
I've nothing for Delia, not land nor finance
She can pack her belongings and shag off to France"
If that wasn't enough that pathetic oul jerk
Left himself without home, without income or perk
The two vixens took all and their Da the oul dunce
Was to lodge in their houses in alternate months

These daughters of course were both nasty oul shrews
But in fairness King Lear gave them every excuse
His boiled eggs were too hard or his gravy too thin
Or he got too much tonic and not enough gin
So they both found their Dad an unbearable bore
Ere the first month was over they showed him the door
In those far-off days there was no county home
So ould Lear like a tramp 'round the country did roam

Up to this he was lacking in guile and in craft
But now the old geezer went totally daft
He ran through the fields and he crawled through the bogs
He was screaming and howling and barking at dogs
But in spite of his faults and ridiculous foibles
He still had a band of devoted disciples
Young Edgar was there and the loyal Duke of Kent
And a man called 'the fool', quite a sensible gent

One other wayfarer I'll add to this roster
Twas Edgar's blind father, the old Duke of Gloucester
He disowned his son who he thought was untrue
In fact Lear and himself were of equal IQ
Then they heard the news as they wandered all over
Cordelia arrived off the ferry in Dover
Being now Queen of France she assembled an army
Avenging her Da though she heard he was barmy

So thousands of men in the battle were slaughtered
And victory it went to the two vicious daughters
But they never got to be powerful and rich
Overcome as they were by a lecherous itch
For Edgar's half-brother they both wished to own
The same man for the power of his pelvis was known
So one of them poisoned the other one's lager
Then did herself in with a seven-inch dagger

Since tragedies must have their audiences crying
There followed a terrible outbreak of dying
Edgar stabbed his half-brother, that devious oul crook
And the shock killed his Daddy, that's Gloucester's oul Duke
Cordelia was hanged by a treacherous jailer
Lear died when it struck him that he was a failure
If he only had snuffed it a few years before
He'd have saved everybody all this suffering and gore


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: Vic Smith
Date: 25 Apr 09 - 02:43 PM

And as I posted on the other thread about this wonderful songwriter.....

The writer of this song.....Con "Fada" O'Drisceoil is in England soon for a very short tour that includes an appearance at:-

The Royal Oak
Station Street
Lewes
East Sussex
BN7 4DA

May 7th * £5.00 * CON FADA Ó DRISCEOIL *** as part of our Irish Season ***
One of Ireland's foremost comic song writers in the traditional style in recent decades and a very fine button accordion player

The websites for more details are:-


http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic

or

http://www.myspace.com/royaloakfolklewes

For more details email folk@brighton.co.uk

.... and if you go to our MySpace site, you will be able to hear Con sing this hilariously funny songs, King Lear along with nine other songs by coming guest artists.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: meself
Date: 25 Apr 09 - 02:59 PM

I once heard Evans & Dogherty singing what must be the same song - except that it ended with the line, "And if you think this song is boring, you should read the bloody book!"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: Effsee
Date: 25 Apr 09 - 03:23 PM

Adam McNautan's Hamlet ends with the line:-
"If you think this song is boring, you should read the bloody play!"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 26 Apr 09 - 03:11 AM

Anybody wanting to catch Con at his best should look out for the compilation of his songs 'The Spoons Murder' (book and CD) which includes, Bob's Song, The Miltown Cockroach, The Spoons Murder, Ben Hur (wonderfullllll), The Irish Piper, King Lear, An Fear Báite, The Two-Row Cake, The Pool Song, The Miltown Fourteen, The Kerry Animals and A Hymn To Saint Finbarr.
Also the collection 'Sing Up' Irish Comic Songs and Satires for every occasion, edited by Fintan Vallely has 77 of the best humourous songs, mostly newly written with a few traditional ones thrown in for good luck.
I notice that Fintan's book is available from the amazing 'Book Depository' at a bargain price (and post free) and Con's is listed but not (yet - hopefully) available.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear (Con O'Driscoll)
From: Diva
Date: 29 Jul 09 - 03:50 AM

He was a guest at Cullerlie Singing Weekend 24 - 26 July 2009 and was great craic altogether! On Saturday night the second half of the concert had Con and Adam McNaughten sitting side by side and we had Con's King Lear followed by Adam's Romeo and Juiliet......I am still sore with laughing.

Wish I'd bought the book


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King Lear (Con O'Driscoll)
From: alanabit
Date: 29 Jul 09 - 04:42 AM

Has anyone posted Adam McNaughten's "Romeo and Juliet"? Hamlet and "The Scottish Play" are both a hoot.


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