Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafemuddy

Post to this Thread - Sort Descending - Printer Friendly - Home


Lyr Add: Crooked Jack (Dominic Behan)

DigiTrad:
AVONDALE
LIVERPOOL LOU
McALPINE'S FUSILIERS
OFF TO DUBLIN IN THE GREEN
OPEN THE DOOR SOFTLY
OULD TRIANGLE
PATRIOT GAME
THE SEA AROUND US


Related threads:
D.Behan, Dylan, Ives, and JO STAFFORD!? (68)
Lyr Add: Connolly Will Be There (Dominic Behan) (14)
Dominic Behan vinyl Songs of Revolution? (19)
Lyr Req: The Sea Around Us (Dominic Behan) (10)
Lyr Req: Arkle (Dominic Behan) (23)
Lyr Add: Dominic Behan Farewell to Kilkenny? (10)
Dominic Behan again. (39)
Lyr Req: The Sodding (Dominic Behan) (30)
Company holding Copyright for D Behan (1)
Chord Req: Building Up and Tearing England Down (9)
Lyr Add: Maloney Wants a Drink (Behan) (51)
BS: Brendan Behan isms (16)
Lyr Add: Sean South of Limerick (Dominic Behan) (4)
Dominic Behan l/p finnegan's wake (13)
Lyr Req: Don't Muck About with the Moon (B Behan) (4)
Lyr Req: The Captains and the Kings (Brendan Behan (15)
Lyr Req: Captains and the Kings (Brendan Behan) (11)
Need help: irish folk-/protest-song (13)
Lyr Req: Crooked Jack (Dominic Behan) (6)
Brendan Behan film (5)
Lyr Req: Avondale (Dominic Behan) (42)
BS: Brendan Behan statue (10)
Lyr Req: Avondale (Behan) (17)
BS: Behan's plays and Nancyboys (19)
Lyr Req: Woman of Mystery (Dominic Behan) (5)
Lyr Req: Tell Ireland I Still Miss Her (D Behan) (6)
Obit: Brian Behan (4)
Lyr Req: Dungannon '57 (from Dominic Behan) (20)
(origins) Origin: Avondale (Dominic Behan) (5)


Jim McLean 22 Apr 05 - 06:05 AM
belfast 22 Apr 05 - 11:51 AM
RobbieWilson 22 Apr 05 - 12:04 PM
MartinRyan 22 Apr 05 - 12:24 PM
Jim McLean 22 Apr 05 - 12:33 PM
belfast 22 Apr 05 - 02:28 PM
Jim McLean 22 Apr 05 - 06:06 PM
belfast 23 Apr 05 - 08:28 AM
Jeri 23 Apr 05 - 09:29 AM
Share Thread
more
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:





Subject: Lyr Add: Crooked Jack by Dominic Behan
From: Jim McLean
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 06:05 AM

CROOKED JACK:        Dominic Behan, 1965, Coda Music Ltd.

(Notes by Dominic: Eamonn Smullen, a good Republican Socialist, worked on the Hydro' Electric scheme in Inverary, Scotland. He described conditions under which the men worked as appalling.)

Come Irishmen both young and stern
With adventure in your soul,
There are other ways to spend your days
Than working down a hole,

CHORUS:
I was tall and true, all of six foot two
Till they broke me across the back,
By a name I'm known that's not my own
For they call me Crooked Jack.

The ganger's blue eyed pet I was,
Big Jack could do no wrong,
And the reason simply was because
I could work hard hours and long.
CHORUS:

I saw men old before their time,
Their faces drawn and grey,
I never thought so soon would mine,
Be lined the selfsame way.
CHORUS:

I cursed the day I went away,
To work on the hydro' dams,
Our sweat and tears, our hopes and fears,
Bound up in shuttering jamms.
CHORUS:

They'll say that honest toil is good
For the spirit and the soul,
But believe me boys it's for sweat and blood,
That they want you down that hole,
CHORUS


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Crooked Jack by Dominic Behan
From: belfast
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 11:51 AM

To the tune, if I remember rightly, of "Are You There, Moriarty".


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Crooked Jack by Dominic Behan
From: RobbieWilson
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 12:04 PM

I know the tune as Star of the County Down, only much slower


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Crooked Jack by Dominic Behan
From: MartinRyan
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 12:24 PM

Star of the County Down, alright. Moriarty is yet another take on the same tune.

Regards


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Crooked Jack by Dominic Behan
From: Jim McLean
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 12:33 PM

Yes, it's a slight variant of Star of the County Down, I reproduced the spelling from Dom's book but the correct spelling is 'jambs' not 'jamms'.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Crooked Jack by Dominic Behan
From: belfast
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 02:28 PM

So I've spent about an hour looking for my copy of Ireland Sings. You would think I have no life. It's too early to go to the pub.

I finally found it. Price 10/6. Them were the days. Anyway,as far as I'm concerned the music given there is basically Are You There etc. But of course Star of the County Down would work as well.

The name of the writer is given as Wolfe Stephens, presumably a pseudonym of Dominic's. Another presumed pseudonym is Fintan Connolly.
Does anyone have any idea why he needed these pseudonyms? Was he trying to hide what a prolific songwriter he was?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Crooked Jack by Dominic Behan
From: Jim McLean
Date: 22 Apr 05 - 06:06 PM

Dominic had (has) two sons, Stephan and Fintan. He was a great admirer of Wolfe Tone and James Connolly and the juxtaposition of the names was a bit of a game.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Crooked Jack by Dominic Behan
From: belfast
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 08:28 AM

Thank you. Another of life's little mysteries solved.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Crooked Jack-Behan ** DT amend?**
From: Jeri
Date: 23 Apr 05 - 09:29 AM

Crooked Jack in the DT, but there's no author attribution/copyright. Perhaps that as well as Jim's notes could be added?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
  Share Thread:
More...

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
From:
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")


Mudcat time: 20 November 5:00 PM EST

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.