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Lyr Req: Winking Finnegan

Dave Hunt 03 Feb 07 - 02:05 PM
Dave Hunt 03 Feb 07 - 09:49 PM
Dave Hunt 04 Feb 07 - 08:09 PM
Scrump 05 Feb 07 - 10:53 AM
Gulliver 05 Feb 07 - 01:16 PM
Dave Hunt 05 Feb 07 - 03:12 PM
Scrump 05 Feb 07 - 03:13 PM
Jim Dixon 30 Nov 11 - 07:01 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: 'Winking Finnegan'
From: Dave Hunt
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 02:05 PM

A song that my old singing partner -the late Vic Baker(Professor Wingnut) used to sing. I can remember the majority of it, but would be grateful for clarification of some of the words. Vic always said it came from a poem/song published in the Cork Examiner but where he got this info - and he sang the song for 35+ years to my knowledge - I have no idea. The first verse as I have it is

Forth went the Royal mandate, through all the British lands
And this shal be ten thousand pounds who brings him to our hands
A wicked Irish rebel, he's five foot seven high
Light hair and fresh comlexion and he winks with his left eye

Vic's rendition of that bit was - 'Light hair and FLESH complexion .....' a lovely Mondegreen which is really too good to change!)

Any more information would be gratefully received
Dave


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Winking Finnegan'
From: Dave Hunt
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 09:49 PM

What - no-one any ideas??? Dave


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Winking Finnegan'
From: Dave Hunt
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 08:09 PM

amazing - still no takers!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Winking Finnegan'
From: Scrump
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 10:53 AM

Was that one of Ivor Biggun's (aka Doc Cox)?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Winking Finnegan'
From: Gulliver
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 01:16 PM

Never heard of it myself, but perhaps if you provide more lyrics there might be a better chance of it being picked up in a search, over time.

BTW, read your piece about Professor Wingnut, found an another site--excellent!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Winking Finnegan'
From: Dave Hunt
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 03:12 PM

someone suggested that I submit more lyrics - this is what I have

Forth went the Royal mandate, through all the British lands
And this shal be ten thousand pounds who brings him to our hands
A wicked Irish rebel, he's five foot seven high
Light hair and fresh complexion and he winks with his left eye

Now policeman and detectives and soldiers so I'm told
And many a hungry Orangeman went out to find that gold
Whenever they drank or walked or talked they looked out on the sly
To find this Irish rebel, who winked with his left eye

Now a sentry at Cork Barracks heard a thumping at the gate
He thought he'd beter open it and then he'd better wait
He looked into a loophope and had a quiet spy
And saw out side a fresh (...?.)maid who winked with her left eye

He flung the doorbar open and in the space there came
With heavy tread what seemed to be.(....?) milk maid
She carried a pair of milk cans and whenever she made reply
to the questions of this sentry - she winked with her left eye

He flung her in the guardroom and shouted out aloud
'til he brought half the garrison around him in a crowd
'All right' he cried'I have him fast, he's five foot seven high
Light hair and fresh complexion and he winks with his left eye'

'Oh' said the British officer 'Unbar the door to me
I shall gaze upon this prisoner and see if it be he'
They brought her out, she gazed about, began to scream and cry
And when they lifted her screaming face she winked with her left eye

'Gad!' said the British officer, whilst squinting though his glass
'Perhaps then afer all men we'll let this person pass,
But tell me madam ere you go what is the reason why
whenever you look one in the face, you wink with your left eye?'

Said she'Yo'r honours glory and sure's the day..(?...)
Me eye is sore this month or more for here upon the lid
Last week there grew - d'y' know it's true - a wicked ugly stye
And y'r honour that's the reason I wink with my left eye'

So come all you loyal subject that serve the British crown
Take warning by this milkwoman that lives in Corks own town
If you are wise whenever you eyes are open day or night
Keep staring through your left -'til your winking with your right!.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Winking Finnegan'
From: Scrump
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 03:13 PM

OOerr, doesn't sound like one of Ivor's.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Winking Finnegan'
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Nov 11 - 07:01 PM

The following poem is quoted without a title in an article "Mr. Sullivan's Poems"—a review of "Poems" by Timothy Daniel Sullivan (Dublin: A. M. Sullivan, 1868) in Dublin University Magazine, Vol. 74 (No. 443, Nov., 1869), page 556:


Forth went the royal mandate to all the British lands,
Saying, "His shall be One Thousand Pounds who brings unto Our hands
A wicked Irish rebel, five feet seven inches high,
Light haired, and fresh complexioned, who winks with his left eye."*

Policemen and detectives, some soldiers too, I'm told,
And many a hungry Orangeman, looked out to clutch the gold;
And while they walked, or drank, or talked, kept watching on the sly
For the wicked Irish rebel who winked with his left eye.

A sentry at Cork Barracks heard a thunder at the gate,
At first he moved to open it, then thought it better wait;
He stept unto a loophole and took a quiet spy,
And saw outside a fresh broad face that winked with its left eye!

He flung the wicket open, and through the space there came,
With heavy tread, what seemed to he a portly Dutch-built dame;
She bore a pair of milk cans, but whene'er she made reply
To the questions of the sentry, she winked with her left eye!

He locked her in the guard-room, and shouted out aloud,
Till he gathered half the garrison around him in a crowd;
"All right!" he cried, "I have him fast; he's five feet seven high,
Light haired, and fresh complexioned, and he winks with his left eye!"

"Haw!" said a British officer, "unbar the door, till we
Shall look upon the prisoner, and judge if it be he."
They brought her out, she gazed about, began to scream and cry—
Still, when she raised her streaming face, she winked with her left eye!

Then spoke the British officer, while squinting through his glass,
Saying, "Snooks, I think 'tis just as well to let this person pass.
But tell us, madam, ere you go, what is the reason why,
Whene'er you look one in the face, you wink with your left eye."

She said, "Your honour's glory, sure I'll tell you, as I'm bid:
That eye is sore this month and more, and here upon the lid,
Last week there grew—dear knows 'tis true—a bitter ugly stye,
And, your honour, that's the reason why I wink with my left eye."

MORAL.

Now all you loyal subjects who love the British Crown,
Take warning by this milkwoman that lives in Cork's own town;
If you are wise, whene'er your eyes are open, day or night,
Keep staring through your left and do your winking with the right.


* "A habit of closing his left eye when speaking" was noted in the descriptions of James Stephens, published by the Government after his escape from Richmond Prison. The incidents mentioned in the foregoing ballad were narrated in one of the Cork papers.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Winking Finnegan
From: Dave Hunt
Date: 30 Nov 11 - 08:41 PM

Well there's a thing- I don't often look at Mudcat too busy with a life - but I chanced to look today - and what do I find - a response made TODAY to a request I posted in FEB 07!! Many thanks Jim-
that's the very song - and _almost_ identical with Vic's version! Brilliant - and thanks for the additional info too.
Have a great Christmas - best wishes .. Dave


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