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Lyr Req: Galway (from Sliabh Notes)

GUEST,Giovanni - Italy 09 Sep 05 - 08:45 AM
Sorcha 09 Sep 05 - 01:36 PM
Jim Dixon 10 Sep 05 - 09:39 PM
MartinRyan 11 Sep 05 - 01:53 PM
GUEST,Giovanni 16 Sep 05 - 12:07 PM
GUEST,Maritn Ryan 17 Sep 05 - 06:53 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Galway - by Sliabh Notes
From: GUEST,Giovanni - Italy
Date: 09 Sep 05 - 08:45 AM

Hi all,
I heard the song "Galway", from Sliabh Notes (a band including famous Cork fiddler Matt Cranitch), in an compilation of Irish music. I would like to sing it, but I can't (no matter how I try...) understand all the lyrics. Can anyone help?

Thanks in advance.
Gio


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Galway - by Sliabh Notes
From: Sorcha
Date: 09 Sep 05 - 01:36 PM

No luck


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Subject: Lyr Add: GALWAY (Oliver St John Gogarty)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Sep 05 - 09:39 PM

This was originally a poem. I suspect it's been altered a bit, or perhaps misremembered.

Found at Seán Keane's web site. I have taken the liberty of changing the lineation a bit, to emphasize the rhyme and metric structure.

GALWAY
Oliver St John Gogarty

A grey town in a country bare,
The leaden seas between,
When the light falls on the hills of Clare
And shows their valleys green.

Take in my heart your place again
Between your lake and sea
Oh city of the watery plain,
That means so much to me.

Your cut stone houses row on row
Your streams too deep to sing
Whose waters shine with green as though
They had dissolved the spring.
Your streets that still bring into view
The harbour and its spars,
The chimneys with their turf smoke blue
That never hides the stars.

Take in my heart your place again
Between your lake and sea
Like crimson roses in grey walls
Your memories to me.

It is not very long since you,
For memory is long,
Saw her I owe my being to,
And heart that takes the song,
Walk with a row of laughing girls
From Salthill to Eyre Square
Light from the water on their curls
That never lit so fair.

Take in my heart your place again
Between your lake and sea,
Like crimson roses in grey walls
Your memories to me.

Again may come your glorious days,
Your ships come back to port,
And to your city's shining ways
The Spanish girls resort.
And e'er the tidal water falls,
Your ships put out to sea
Like crimson roses in grey walls
Your memories to me.

Take in my heart your place again
Between your lake and sea
Oh, city of the watery plain,
That means so much to me.

[I don't really know Irish, but I suspect there is a pun lurking in "Sliabh Notes" – which seems to be only the name of the album, not the performers. The performers are Dónal Murphy, Matt Cranitch, and Tommy O'Sullivan. The album was issued on the Kells label in 1996 as CD #9506.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Galway - by Sliabh Notes
From: MartinRyan
Date: 11 Sep 05 - 01:53 PM

It's the band name alright - and a bilingual geographical pun.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Galway - by Sliabh Notes
From: GUEST,Giovanni
Date: 16 Sep 05 - 12:07 PM

Hey!
Thanks a lot!

Gio


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Galway - by Sliabh Notes
From: GUEST,Maritn Ryan
Date: 17 Sep 05 - 06:53 PM

Heard Matt Cranitch referred to as "Matt Scratch-it" tonight - wild horses, nor even demented percussionists would make me reveal who said it!

Regars


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Galway - by Sliabh Notes
From: Brían
Date: 18 Sep 05 - 11:27 AM

Come on, Martin. Insult is the highest form of flattery. I have a friend who was sorely abused for the lack of imperfections in his fiddle playing.

B


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Galway (from Sliabh Notes)
From: Brían
Date: 22 Sep 05 - 02:34 PM

Martin,

The brusque tone of my last post belies the nonchalant manner I wrote it.

I have recently been on the other side of the Pond and one of my few regrets is not looking up the Góilín Singers Club. If you see Tim Dennehy, tell him that Between the Mountains and the Sea chills like the Autumn shower I experienced in Clare, stings like the nettles I fell into in Tipperary and inspires like the breathtaking views of Lough Graney.

Brían


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Galway (from Sliabh Notes)
From: MartinRyan
Date: 23 Sep 05 - 02:15 PM

Brian

No problem - I was a good deal less than serious in writing it! I particularly enjoyed the gleeful way the insulter insulted!

Tim is one of my favourinte singers - a great example of the power of understated performance.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Galway (from Sliabh Notes)
From: Brían
Date: 23 Sep 05 - 02:25 PM

Well put. His voice demonstrates that one does not need a big voice to put over a big song.

B


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