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Lyr Add: Supermarket Wine (Mickey MacConnell)

Ragman 30 Mar 04 - 11:16 AM
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Subject: ADD: Supermarket Wine (Mickey MacConnell)
From: Ragman
Date: 30 Mar 04 - 11:16 AM

Heard this lovely sentimental song recently, and have remembered lyrics as best I can: I heard it may have been written by Mick McConnell, but it doesn't seem to me to fit with the 'Smokie' image, so am not so sure. Can anyone shed some light on it for me please?
(Have the Kleenex tissues ready)

SUPERMARKET WINE
(Mickey MacConnell)


You'd insist we shared the driving
As we left the city lights
In a clapped out Morris Minor
Heading west on Friday night
And the heater wasn't working
And we never had a spare
But we called the old car "Flattery"
'Cos she got us everywhere

And when we stopped to pitch the tent
It always seemed to rain
And it's then that I'd discover
You'd forgotten the pegs again
And I couldn't get the campfire lit
Now matter how I tried

But you'll remember…
The roadside stops for bread and cheese
And supermarket wine
When the world was ours
And I was yours
And I thought you were mine

You'll remember the Galway Races
And the man in the Harris Tweed
Just because he knew your father
He would do us a great deed
And the horse we bet our money on
O, I swear it's running still
We were staying in a boarding house
And we couldn't pay the bill

But you laughed when I went overboard
And you told me not to swear
Saying "The town is full of Yankees
"We'll go busking in the square"
When the sun set on Galway Bay
For the eighty-second time
The world was ours
And I was yours
And I thought you were mine

Then you called me from the station
Just before you caught the train
To tell me you were leaving
And that I was not to blame
But you said that we'd no longer fight
And we could still be friends
But I knew by what you said that night
That we'd never meet again

And I must confess that it hurt like hell
And that I miss you yet
For you are not the kind of girl
That's easy to forget
And sometimes, some half-forgotten fragment
Of you crosses my mind

And I remember…
The roadside stops for bread and cheese
And supermarket wine
When the world was ours
And I was yours
And I thought you were mine


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Subject: RE: Origins: The World was ours, and I was yours...
From: Ragman
Date: 30 Mar 04 - 11:18 AM

Tried to start this thread yesterday, and again today, but forgot to set the age to a reasonable size. Going to try again for 1 month...


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Subject: RE: Origins: The World was ours, and I was yours...
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 30 Mar 04 - 11:52 AM

You've misunderstood how things work, I think. A thread, once started, is here permanently (you now have two on the same subject), but by default only those which have been added to in the last day or so are displayed. Simply set the display filter on the main page to a longer time-span and you can see all the threads added to in the last week, for example. If you can't find a thread you have started, just click on your name at the head of a post (you'll see that it's a hyperlink), and you'll get a list of everything you've ever posted here under that name. More details in the FAQ, which you will find very informative.


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Subject: RE: Origins: The World was ours, and I was yours...
From: Amos
Date: 30 Mar 04 - 12:04 PM

Great lyrics, Ragman! THanks.

A


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Subject: RE: Origins: The World was ours, and I was yours...
From: Charley Noble
Date: 30 Mar 04 - 12:58 PM

Cuts very close to the bone!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Origins: The World was ours, and I was yours...
From: Ernest
Date: 30 Mar 04 - 02:44 PM

According to the notes on Ben Sands`CD "Take your time" it was written by M. MacConnell. The name of the song is "Supermarket Wine".Yours
Ernest


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Subject: RE: Origins: The World was ours, and I was yours...
From: Charley Noble
Date: 31 Mar 04 - 09:04 AM

Any clues to the tune, or at least chords?

C------------F-C---F-C
Midnight on a rock-y shore,
----------G-C----F--C----G------C
We sang a-bove the wild waves roar,
G--------------C-G
Trees so black a-gainst the sky,
-----------F----------------------C
We could hear the night birds cry.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, lost in memories


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Subject: RE: Origins: The World was ours, and I was yours...
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 31 Mar 04 - 09:41 AM

According to AMG - All Music Guide, SUPERMARKET WINE performed by Mickey MacConnell is included on the various-artists compilation "Celtic Traditions: Memorable Tales," Celtic Tales CD 4618, 1998.

A sound sample at Barnes & Noble contains these lyrics:

...always seemed to rain
And it's then that I'd discover
You'd forgot the pegs again
And I couldn't get that campfire lit
Now matter what I tried.
Don't you remember?
We'd had roadside stops for bread and cheese
And supermarket wine....

Looks like this is the same Mickey MacConnell who posts at Mudcat under the name chordstrangler.

Looks like his name is often misspelled, at Mudcat anyway, as "McConnell."

And Ragman, what do you mean by the "Smokie image"?


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Subject: RE: Origins: The World was ours, and I was yours...
From: GUEST,cookieless chordstrangler
Date: 31 Mar 04 - 06:26 PM

Hi all.   Thanks for the interest in "Supermarket Wine". I'm sorta proud of it.
It was the first track on my first album "Peter Pan and Me" and the launch provided one of the high spots of my life.   All my musical mates and friends got together and bought me a beautifully restored 1965 morris minor to mark the occasion.
I still drive it up to Galway races every year on a sentimental journey.
I also would love to know what the "smokie" reference means. Ragman, please put me out of my misery on that score.
Jim, the name is normally spelled MacConnell, but for some reason it always seems to end up McConnell.   I suppose if that is all I have to worry about, God is in his heaven and all is right with the world.
Best wishes.... Mickey   (MacConnell)
Web page at www.mickeymacconnell.com


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Subject: RE: Origins: The World was ours, and I was yours...
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 31 Mar 04 - 09:59 PM

Your (almost) namesake Mick McConnell was lead guitarist with the rather ghastly (but very successful) 1970s American MOR band "Smokie", perpetrators of such atrocities as Living Next Door to Alice and If You Think You Know How To Love Me.


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Subject: RE: Origins: The World was ours, and I was yours...
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Mar 04 - 10:07 PM

They were actually British, Malcolm...., and McConnell didn't join the band until 1996


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Subject: RE: Origins: The World was ours, and I was yours...
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 31 Mar 04 - 10:49 PM

Good heavens. It seems that my mind had mercifully cloaked more of the dreadful truth than I had realised.


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Subject: RE: Origins: The World was ours, and I was yours...
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Mar 04 - 10:53 PM

LOL


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Subject: RE: Origins: The World was ours, and I was yours...
From: Ragman
Date: 03 Jun 04 - 05:48 AM

I've just found my thread again! I'll get the hang of this Mudcat eventually.

Thanks everyone for your comments on the song. Malcolm Douglas has correctly twigged that I found "Smokie" when I looked for the wrong spelling of the author's name. I somehow didn't think that the writer of such a poignant Irish song seemed to fit with "...living next door to Alice", etc..., but stranger things have happened.

I heard this song a few times in Glasgow pub sessions over the last two years, and was entranced by it. I guessed the title (wrongly). It shows how strange ideas can develop when songs are passed on from being heard in sessions and folk clubs.

Mickey, I have found that this song always gets a good response, and I intend (with your permission) to go on singing it, using the correct title and crediting the correct author of course!

Thanks again everyone.


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Subject: RE: Origins: The World was ours, and I was yours...
From: Scabby Douglas
Date: 03 Jun 04 - 12:20 PM

Ragman: is that you, Brian?


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Subject: RE: Origins: The World was ours, and I was yours...
From: Ragman
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 05:31 PM

Yes!


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Subject: RE: Origins: The World was ours, and I was yours...
From: GUEST,Scabby Douglas
Date: 05 Jun 04 - 05:24 AM

Okay, then.

See you on Wednesday.





Steven


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Supermarket Wine (Mickey MacConnell)
From: mark142857
Date: 30 Jan 11 - 04:14 PM

If anyone wants the chords to this wonderful song, I've had a bash at working them out and put the results on the www.ultimate-guitar.com website. I'll also done The Tinkerman's Daughter, another Mickey MacConnell classic.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Supermarket Wine (Mickey MacConnell)
From: GUEST,Chord strangler without cookie
Date: 31 Jan 11 - 03:56 PM

When I see two of my song appearing in mudcat threads on the same day I'm beginning to think that it's either my birthday or else I'm dead...M


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Supermarket Wine (Mickey MacConnell)
From: Ragman
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 06:50 PM

I learned Supermarket Wine from the singing of Jim McKenna in St Andrews in the Square in Glasgow around 2003/2004. Jim was a tremendous singer for many years and when he put his mind to it, a great songwriter too. He had been unwell for some time, but still appeared from time to time in the Uisge Beatha on Woodlands Road on Sunday evenings. A real fighter! I've just heard that sadly he passed away very recently. Here's a Youtube link to him singing Supermarket Wine in Glasgow in 2008.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N6v4U3b1ps&feature=related

I'll miss him. So will a lot of people... RIP


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Supermarket Wine (Mickey MacConnell)
From: Cestrienne
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 07:32 PM

Oh! Mickey! I've been teaching your "Tinkerman's Daughter" [one of my all time favourite songs, for its wonderful imagery] to my Song School only last Wednesday! I learned it from Cilla Fisher. I remember coming to your house with Robin Dransfield in er.. August 1981? as he was very keen to see if you'd written any OTHER wonderful songs.
I shall tell the 'students' that you're very much around.
Grand!
And thank you - they thought the poetry was superb, never mind the tune.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Supermarket Wine (Mickey MacConnell)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 19 Jan 12 - 07:10 PM

Donal Maguire sang it at Maidenhead tonight Bloody Good Song


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Supermarket Wine (Mickey MacConnell)
From: Mr Happy
Date: 27 Sep 13 - 06:27 AM

Lidl & Aldi!


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Subject: Lyr Add: SUPERMARKET WINE (Mickey MacConnell)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Sep 13 - 11:53 PM

These lyrics are guaranteed to be accurate because I copied them from Mickey MacConnell's own web site. There are several significant differences from the version posted by Ragman above.


SUPERMARKET WINE
Mickey MacConnell

You'd insist we'd share the driving when we left the city lights
In a clapped-out Morris Minor heading west on Friday nights,
And the heater wasn't working and we never had a spare,
But we called that old car Flattery, 'cause it got us everywhere,
And when we'd stop to pitch the tent, it always seemed to rain,
And it's then that I'd discover you'd forgot the pegs again,
And I couldn't get the camp fire lit no matter what I tried.
Don't you remember?
We had roadside stops for bread and cheese and supermarket wine
When the world was ours and I was yours and I thought you were mine.

Do you remember Galway Races and the man in Harris tweed?
Who, because he knew your father, said he'd do us a good deed,
And he horse he put our money on, I'd swear it's running still,
And we were staying in a boarding house and couldn't pay the bill,
But you laughed when I went overboard; you told me not to swear,
Saying, "The town's full of Americans; let's go busking in Eyre Square,
And the Blarney Stone and the leprechauns will surely see us through."
Don't you remember?
We sang Danny Boy and Galway Bay at least eighty-seven times,
And the world was ours and I was yours and I thought you were mine.

You called me from the airport just before you caught your plane,
And you told me you were leaving, but that I was not to blame,
And you hoped that I would understand and we'd always be good friends,
But I knew from what you said that we would never meet again,
But I must confess it hurt like hell and that I miss you yet,
For you were not the sort of girl that's easy to forget,
And sometimes some half-forgotten fragment of you trips my mind,
And I remember
All those roadside stops for bread and cheese and supermarket wine
When the world was ours and I was yours and I thought you were mine.

All those roadside stops for bread and cheese and supermarket wine
When the world was ours and I was yours and I thought you were mine.


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