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GUEST,spalpeen 15 Feb 05 - 08:39 PM
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GUEST,JIm Bainbridge 31 Aug 12 - 01:10 PM
GUEST,999 20 Sep 12 - 01:33 PM
GUEST,jim bainbridge 17 Dec 14 - 01:36 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: all worth the lovely halfcrown
From: GUEST,spalpeen
Date: 15 Feb 05 - 08:39 PM

this song was about family allowance for the third child born and thereafter every child that followed.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: all worth the lovely halfcrown
From: Celtaddict
Date: 16 Feb 05 - 08:33 PM

Refresh. Doesn't even sound familiar; let's leave it up a bit longer. Good luck!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: all worth the lovely halfcrown
From: Peace
Date: 17 Feb 05 - 01:18 AM

Could use more info re the song.

Where'd ya hear it?
When?
Know any other words?
Group or individual?

Stuff like that.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: all worth the lovely halfcrown
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Feb 05 - 08:39 PM

Jim Bainbridge & Patrick Forester sing THE LOVELY HALF CROWN on their album "The Drunken Billy Goat" (click for a review).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: all worth the lovely halfcrown
From: GUEST,spalpeen
Date: 20 Feb 05 - 03:41 PM

Thank you all for your help. This song used to be sung at weddings in the 50's. Requested you want some more threads.

There's Mickey and Paddy and Tommy and Joe
And more of their names I've forgot.
They're precious I'm told,
They're as precious as gold
When I'm drawing my sweet half a crown.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: all worth the lovely halfcrown
From: Mr Happy
Date: 09 Nov 10 - 08:13 AM

Might it be thishttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRa4mKJR3LU

one?


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE HALF CROWN SONG (from Seamus Moore)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 01:40 PM

Here's my transcription from the video at YouTube (see Mr Happy's link above). Another version has been posted here. However, I suspect it's not the song that was requested. It's definitely not the same song that Spalpeen quoted.


THE HALF CROWN SONG
As sung by Seamus Moore

1. One day de Valera stood up in the Dáil,
And he said the population of Ireland was small,
And so to improve it and not let it down,
Sure for every child born he would give a half-crown.

CHORUS:
Tooraloo (tooraloo), tooralay (tooralay),
Sure the children's allowance is comin' our way.

2. When I was a young man I was tired of me life,
So I traveled the country in search of a wife.
I married a widow and I then settled down,
And I did me dang best for to earn that half-crown.

3. But the job it proved harder than most people think,
For the first couple o' nights sure I ne'er slept a wink,
And the wife she keeps at me, she called me a clown,
And she said, "You're doin' nothin' to earn this half-crown."

4. In a week I resembled a half-hungry goose,
With the bones in me body disjointed and loose.
Sure when people see me they say with a frown:
"Sure the cause of this trouble is that bloody half-crown."

5. Then one night we broke an old spring in the bed.
Sure says I to the wife: "Sure I'm nearly half dead."
She turned to me sayin', "I'm sixty-three."
Ah, bedad, then says I, sure there's no half-crown for me.

6. Now all ye young men take a warnin' from me:
Make sure of the wife's age before you take her to wed,
And don't let her fool you like she fooled me,
Because you can't get a half-crown from a threescore-an'-three.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: all worth the lovely half crown
From: GUEST,JIm Bainbridge
Date: 31 Aug 12 - 01:10 PM

I heard the half Crown song from a lady called Annie McCarthy of Baltimore, West Cork in about 1994 while singing at the 'Sibin' pub on the regular Sunday sing singsongs- it's on my 1998 CD (reissued this year 2012) - Seanie Burke of Swindon says it's a Dunmanway song but he would!! being from that place!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: all worth the lovely half crown
From: GUEST,999
Date: 20 Sep 12 - 01:33 PM

It seems we're looking for a song but have no idea what the tile is. I have Googled pieces of the OPs lyrics and come up empty. Nada. Ditto for YouTube.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: all worth the lovely half crown
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 17 Dec 14 - 01:36 PM

I'll put the words on here if it's still wanted- haven't heard anyone else sing it except Annie McCarthy about 20 years ago- the chorus quoted by spalpeen 9 years ago is the one I mean...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: all worth the lovely half crown
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 17 Dec 14 - 07:14 PM

I'd love to read the words

sandra


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: all worth the lovely half crown
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 26 Mar 16 - 02:29 PM

Sorry to be so long Sandra, but will do it very soon!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: all worth the lovely half crown
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 27 Mar 16 - 09:29 AM

As I recall it--

(to the tune of Biddy 'Mulligan')

I'm a good living woman I live with my man
Not far from the town of Tralee
I've so many children they live like the sheep
There are twenty in our family.
I've children and children and then plenty more
They have black eyes and blue eyes and brown
They're living in scores with their heads through the doors
And they're all worth a lovely half crown.
chorus..
For they're in through the windows and out through the doors
And there's some from the roof hanging down
They're precious I'm told, more precious than gold
And they're all worth a lovely half crown

V2
As I was a walking one day through the town
I met with young Peter McHugh
He said 'you'll be gay on your journey today
For surely you've heard the good news?'
Those children of yours they're the joy of your life
They've black eyes and blue eyes and brown
But starting today you can dance all the way
For each one's to be worth half a crown...   chorus

V3
Well I've Molly and Mandy and Paddy and Joe,
I've Thady and Richard and Frances,
I've Ronan and Donal and Nora and Kate
And I've Rosie and Josie and Jane,
I've more of them too, but their names I forget-
I can count them at night lying down
They're precious I'm told, more precious than gold
And they're all to be worth half a crown...... chorus

V4
My own sister Brid's a respectable girl
Herself and her husband have two
But they're tearing their hair, they're deep in despair
For they really don't know what to do
But myself and my man we're the talk of the town
We have silver and lace hanging down
The schoolmaster greets me whenever he meets me
He twinkles and says 'half a crown!'   (last chorus)

(credit to Annie McCarthy of Baltimore, West Cork)

well it took 11 YEARS TO GET THERE BUT THIS SEEMS TO BE THE SONG IN QUESTION!!


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