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Lyr/Chords Req: Arthur McBride (from Paul Brady)

10 Apr 99 - 05:23 AM (#69639)
Subject: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: Steviebhoy

Can anyone supply the lyrics and chords for Paul Brady's version of this great song please. Thank you PJ


10 Apr 99 - 07:51 AM (#69646)
Subject: RE: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: Sam Pirt

Sorry, I cxan'y supply any lyrics, but what a great song!!

I just had to say that, CHECK IT OUT CATTERS!!

Bye, Sam


10 Apr 99 - 12:57 PM (#69703)
Subject: RE: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: AlistairUK

If it's the one that starts "i once had a comrade named Arthur McBride.." it's in the DT.


10 Apr 99 - 01:29 PM (#69715)
Subject: RE: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: The Shambles

I am not too sure of the words he sings, as it is on the CD's of The Transatlantic Sessions 2 and they do not supply the words. It is certainly worth hearing though.

On this recording he also sings (I think, as it is uncredited), with Roseanne Cash, a verse of Forty Shades Of Green and manages to make even this song sound good?


10 Apr 99 - 01:51 PM (#69720)
Subject: RE: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: Sandy Paton

I think you all ought to know that Paul Brady got this song from a friend's copy of Carrie Grover's A Heritage of Songs, originally published through the efforts of George Farnsworth and Ann Griggs at the Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. Most people don't realize that this version of the song came from a traditional singer in Maine. Carrie Grover had songs from both her mother and her father and from her neighbors up there in the western part of the state, including, by the way, "The Braes of Balquither" and "Lass Among the Heather," both derived from the Tannahill poem that gave us "Wild Mountain Thyme." All in all, it's an astounding collection. Mrs. Grover also recorded some of her songs for what is now the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress.

Caroline and I were singing at Gould Academy some years ago and were given a copy of the original publication by a member of the staff there. It seems they had a few left-over copies in a closet and he thought we "might find it interesting!" We discovered that neither the Library of Congress nor Kenny Goldstein had the book, and arranged to have them get copies. Kenny later republished it through his Folklore Associates press. You might be able to find a copy of that edition.

I'll post the Grover text later (gotta get a program ready now for a gig we're doing tomorrow), but I can't give you whatever changes Brady may have made when he sang it, as I don't have his recording of it.

Sandy


10 Apr 99 - 02:02 PM (#69721)
Subject: RE: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: Bruce O.

There are 4 versions of Arthur McBride in 'The Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection, I, #78, 1981. I haven't seen Carrie Grover's book, but only a few of her songs published elsewhere, and I must say I was impressed by her excellent versions of some very rare songs.


10 Apr 99 - 07:34 PM (#69798)
Subject: RE: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: John Moulden

Sandy got in a bit before me - I too had recognised Paul's source. Carrie Grover's book is wonderful - is there any information (apart from that in the book) about her antecedants? There must have been some North Irish connection - the song she has has The July Fair at Garbo is part of a song of unionist/nationalist conflict "The July Fair in Garvagh" - Garvagh being in north County (London)derry about 16 miles south of where I live.

John Moulden


11 Apr 99 - 12:26 AM (#69848)
Subject: RE: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: Lucius

While we're on the subject, anyone familiar with the tune with the chorus"the bonnie wee lasses answer was to don't come again". It's off his welcome here Kind Stranger album, and the third verse has me stumped: I wrote her back an answer, for to let her know, my [life was in my bondie?] and with her I could not go. [my life was in my bondie?], and while it does remain, I will lie by my [*****?] Any help is appreciated.

P.S. While I'm never certain of Paul Brady's tunings, I play some of his tunes in a modified DADGAD tuning with the lowest pitched strings dropped to CG(DGAD). Arthur McBride seems to play well for me here.


11 Apr 99 - 03:54 PM (#69959)
Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: ARTHUR MCBRIDE
From:

Oh (G)me and my cousin one Arthur McBride
As (C)we went a-(G)walking down (Am7)by the sea(C)side
A-(G)marking what followed and what might betide
For it being on Christmas (D)morning
And(G) for recreation we went on a tramp
And we(C) met Sergeant (G)Harper and (Am7)Corporal (C)Ramp
And the(G) little wee drummer intending to camp
For the day being pleasant and (D)char(G)ming


"Good morning, good morning" the Sergeant he cried
"And the same to you gentlemen" we did reply
Intending no harm as we meant to pass by
For it being on Christmas morning
But says he "My fine fellows if you will enlist
It's ten guineas in gold I will slip in your fists
And a crown in the bargain for to kick up the dust
And drink the King's health in the morning

For a soldier he leads a very fine life
He always is blessed with a charming young wife
And he pays all his debts without sorrow and strife
And he always lives pleasant and charming
And a soldier he always is decent and clean
In the finest of clothing he's constantly seen
While other poor fellows look dirty and mean
And sup on thin gruel in the morning"

But says Arthur "I wouldn't be proud of your clothes
For you've only the lend of them, as I suppose
And you dare not change them one night for you know
If you do you'll be flogged in the morning
And although that we are single and free
We take great delight in our own company
And we have no desire strange faces to see
Although that your offers are charming
And we have no desire to take your advance
All hazards and dangers we barter on chance
For you would have no scruple for to send us to France
Where we would get shot without warning


"Oh no," says the Sergeant, "I'll hear no such chat
And I never will take it from spalpeen or brat
For if you insult me with one other word
I'll cut off your heads in the morning"
And then Arthur and I we soon drew our odds
And we scarce gave them time for to draw their own blades
When a trusty shillelagh came over their heads
And bade them take that as fair warning

And their old rusty rapiers that hung by their sides
We flung them as far as we could in the tide
"Now take them out, devils," cried Arthur McBride
"And temper their edge in the morning"
And the little wee drummer we flattened his pouch
And we made a foot-ball of his rowdy-dowd-dowd
Threw it in the tide for to rock and to roll
And bade it a tedious returning

And we having no money, paid them off in cracks
And we paid no respect to their two bloody backs
But we lathered them there like a pair of wet sacks
And left them for dead in the morning
And so to conclude and to finish disputes
We obligingly asked if they wanted recruits
For we were the lads who would give them hard clouts
And bid them look sharp in the morning

Hope this helps.


12 Apr 99 - 04:39 PM (#70316)
Subject: RE: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: Steviebhoy

Thank you to everyone who took time to reply to my query. Mudcatters come through yet again! Can't thank you all enough.


15 Sep 02 - 04:11 PM (#784549)
Subject: 4 Scarpi, Paul Brady's Arthur McBride
From: InOBU

Hi Folks and folkies...
had a great wee talk with Scarpi, fine voice he's got. Well, we need the notes to Paul Brady's Version of Arthur McBride, the slow version, not the Planxity version,,, as it is the tune for my song The Probies Of 01, which Scarpi wants to sing on Friday, so we need em fast!
Cheers
Thanks Larry


15 Sep 02 - 04:40 PM (#784576)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: 4 Scarpi, Paul Brady's Arthur McBride
From: GUEST,Ed

Click Here

Ed


15 Sep 02 - 05:17 PM (#784601)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: 4 Scarpi, Paul Brady's Arthur McBride
From: skarpi

Thanks Ed and Larry, now Larry this is the song you sang to on the Phone , that is " propie " right?. well I better start playing this and get this right,

All the best Skarpi Iceland.


15 Sep 02 - 06:22 PM (#784649)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: 4 Scarpi, Paul Brady's Arthur McBride
From: InOBU

That's the tune! Thanks Ed... and the words are under the post, A little help for a NYC firefighter, or something, posted within the last day or so.. . Great to talk to ya Scarpi! Sing it in good health! Cheers Larry


28 Dec 02 - 01:49 AM (#854419)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: 4 Scarpi, Paul Brady's Arthur McBride
From: GUEST,Margaret

I would like to hear the tune of Arthur McBride and find out who wrote it. Was it Christy Moore?
Margaret


28 Dec 02 - 11:23 AM (#854537)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: 4 Scarpi, Paul Brady's Arthur McBride
From: Malcolm Douglas

No, it wasn't. Paul Brady got the song from a book; it's a version from American tradition, as it happens. Ed provided a link to staff notation earlier in this thread, and there is a list of links to earlier discussions at the top of this page which will give you a lot more information. Other traditional versions of the song are discussed, too, but most people only seem interested in the Brady arrangement, so most of the talk is about that.

I expect that sound samples can be found quite easily through Google or one of the other major search engines.


28 Dec 02 - 11:32 AM (#854545)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: 4 Scarpi, Paul Brady's Arthur McBride
From: Malcolm Douglas

Yes, as I thought. There's an MP3 at http://www.cabrillo.cc.ca.us/~mstrunk/arthur_mcbride.htm

Not all the accompanying notes on the page are very accurate, mind.


29 Dec 02 - 07:27 AM (#854924)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: 4 Scarpi, Paul Brady's Arthur McBride
From: breezy

it goes
da da da da da da da da da da da
da da da da da da da da da da da da
da da da da da da da da da da da
da da da da da da da da da
We hear all the time and its available on Cd


18 Nov 03 - 07:14 AM (#1056101)
Subject: RE: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: GUEST,jack daaniels


18 Nov 03 - 04:06 PM (#1056463)
Subject: RE: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: Seaking

The guitar tuning for Paul's version of Arthur McBride is DGDGBD..

Good Luck....

Chris King


18 Nov 03 - 04:14 PM (#1056466)
Subject: RE: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: GUEST,Carl Fortunato

I believe Brady's versions is precisely the same as Dylan's version (at least that was my impression when I heard it - needless to say, Brady's was first). Brady's tab and lyrics are here: http://www.paulbrady.com/tablature/am.asp


18 Nov 03 - 04:37 PM (#1056478)
Subject: RE: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: GUEST,Ballyholme

Legend has it that when Dylan played at Slane Castle in Ireland during the late 70s he requested Brady's presence in his backstage trailer. On entering the trailer, Dylan pushed a guitar into Brady's hands and said: "Show me the chords to The Lakes of Ponchartrain." Which Brady duly did. Maybe the second command was "And while you're at it, show me the chords to Arthur McBride."

I've heard the story repeated on a number of occasions. Who knows.


19 Nov 03 - 01:16 AM (#1056720)
Subject: RE: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: GUEST

Sorry to disagree but the Brady tunning is in open "G". I caught a guitar workshop with one of Brady's playing partners who told the story of how he'd given everyone who asked a false reply when asked which tunning to prevent duplication. He then proceeded to play the tune and was dead on even to the frills and licks Brady uses. I shortly after relearned it fairly quickly and now have no doubt the original version is in "G". Tabs that are posted on various sites are assumptions or opinions as to how the tune was played.


19 Nov 03 - 01:36 AM (#1056724)
Subject: RE: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: GUEST,Seaking

'Guest' - not sure who you're disagreeing with but check out this link..

http://www.marymccaslin.com/openg.htm


19 Nov 03 - 03:10 PM (#1057166)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: GUEST,dbgrate

Lucius....The words to "Don't Come Again" can be found on Paul Brady"s website...along with the words to Arthur McBride,as well as chords,etc....a very good web site!


01 Dec 03 - 02:05 PM (#1063829)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: GUEST

Does any body have words and tab to Planxty's version of ARTHUR MCBRIDE?


01 Dec 03 - 03:40 PM (#1063884)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: GUEST,Ed

Given that the structure of Paul Brady's site has changed, some of the links in this (and other threads on the song) no longer work.

Click here for the current location of the tab for Arthur McBride.


01 Dec 03 - 09:00 PM (#1064121)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: Malachy

Been trying to remember the version I know..am sure it's the Planxty one!

I had a first cousin called Arthur McBride
He and I took a stroll down by the seaside
A seeking good fortune and what might the tide
It was just as the day was a dawning
Then after resting(then a line/s I cant remember)
We met Seargent Napper and corporal Cramp
Besides the young drummer who beat up for camp
With his rowdy dow dow in the morning

He says my young fellows if you will enlist
A guinea shall instantly have in your fist..


And then another verse..says something like..

He says my young fellows if hear but one word
I instantly now will out with my sword
And into your bodies as strength will abhor
Just as the day was a dawning
But Arthur and I..(more missing words)

Just cant remember anymore for the time being. If I've repeated something already posted..apologies.
Mal.


02 Dec 03 - 05:26 AM (#1064278)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: Dave Hanson

Redd Sulliven was the first person to record this fine song in GB.
Martin Carthy's first recording say he got it from Redd Sulliven.
eric


23 May 04 - 07:52 PM (#1192300)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: 4 Scarpi, Paul Brady's Arthur McBride
From: GUEST

its traditional. Anti-recruiting song from the early nineteenth? cent.


29 Dec 09 - 09:37 PM (#2798955)
Subject: Lyr Req: Arthur McBride by Paul Brady
From: GUEST,hg

I can't seem to find a discussion of this tune except in Wikipedia...which is pretty good, actually. Anyone have the Paul Brady lyrics?


29 Dec 09 - 10:32 PM (#2798978)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Arthur McBride by Paul Brady
From: quokka

previous thread


30 Dec 09 - 12:20 AM (#2799017)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Arthur McBride by Paul Brady
From: GUEST,999

Paul sings the song on two YOUTUBE videos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrW2OpKj1lg


30 Dec 09 - 08:25 AM (#2799196)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Arthur McBride by Paul Brady
From: GUEST,hg

Thanks. I thought there were a number of threads on this song but when I put "arthur McBride" in the search box nothing in the forum came up, only three of the versions from DT. What gives?


30 Dec 09 - 09:09 AM (#2799217)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Arthur McBride by Paul Brady
From: MGM·Lion

I think it worth repr-ing here a comment on Paul's singing of this ballad I put on another thread, because he does it so superbly that his rendering deserves maximum attention and praise:—

==Subject: RE: Taking on the Big Boys? - classic big long ballads
From: MtheGM - PM
Date: 30 Dec 09 - 05:21 AM

A master of the sort of enhancing accompaniment I wrote about a couple back has always been Paul Brady. Just played on YouTube his masterly 1977 version of Arthur McBride [not a Child ballad, I know, but nonetheless a long song with a strong narrative]. Paul's elaborate but perfectly judged and matched accompaniment, to my mind, fully enhances and brings out every overtone and nuance of this fine song. His diction is a model too — not a word lost or unclear thruout, despite the concentration that such a complex accompaniment must have called for. Bravo!==


30 Dec 09 - 02:07 PM (#2799445)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Arthur McBride by Paul Brady
From: PoppaGator

Buried in the middle of the "previous thread" mentioned above is a link to this page on Paul Brady's own website:

tab & lyrics for "Arthur McBride"

This is one of only two songs for which Brady provides tabs on this site; the other is his equally-famous version of "Lakes of Pontchartrain."

Brady uses two of the more common alternative tunings for these two songs: Open G ("Spanish") for McBride and Open D ("Vastapol") for Pontchartrain. I've seen others versions of tabs for these two songs using DADGAD and/or other tunings, some claiming to duplicate Paul Brady's arrangements, but think we can trust Mr. Brady himself to have provided us with the real thing.

(Of course, the tabs provide only one verse worth of transcription per song; listen to the recordings to pick up the minor variations that make each verse a little different from the others.)


31 Jul 10 - 09:21 AM (#2955662)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Paul Brady \ Arthur McBride
From: GUEST,its open G

ITS OPEN G!


24 Jan 11 - 11:32 AM (#3081443)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Arthur McBride (from Paul Brady)
From: GUEST,Barnegat Blummis

We soon drew our Hogs (not odds). Hogs being another word for short swords


24 Jan 11 - 11:35 AM (#3081444)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Arthur McBride (from Paul Brady)
From: GUEST,Barnegat Blummis

We flattened his palp.   Not pouch

It means they whacked him on his head


24 Jan 11 - 03:50 PM (#3081611)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Arthur McBride (from Paul Brady)
From: RobbieWilson

pow, not palp or pouch


24 Jan 11 - 05:53 PM (#3081715)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Arthur McBride (from Paul Brady)
From: MGM·Lion

"While we're on the subject, anyone familiar with the tune with the chorus"the bonnie wee lasses answer was to don't come again". It's off his welcome here Kind Stranger album, and the third verse has me stumped: I wrote her back an answer, for to let her know, my [life was in my bondie?] and with her I could not go. [my life was in my bondie?], and while it does remain, I will lie by my [*****?] Any help is appreciated."
===
Belatedly in the extreme!: nobody has answered Lucius's query of 12 years ago!

"I wrote her back an answer for to let her know, While life was in my body 'twas there I would not go; While life was in my body & there did remain, I would ay mind the girl who said 'Don't come again'."

I love this song. You can hear my rendering, if so minded, on my youtube channel

http://www.youtube.com/user/mgmyer

♪Michael♪


24 Jan 11 - 07:15 PM (#3081781)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Arthur McBride (from Paul Brady)
From: zozimus

The start of this thread was "how does Paul Brady play Arthur McBride? If you look up Homespun Tapes, you'll find Paul has produced an instructional video(probably on DVD now) going thru the whole process, along with some of his other songs.


25 Jan 11 - 03:12 AM (#3081924)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Arthur McBride (from Paul Brady)
From: Abdul The Bul Bul

I got my open G version from fretkillr. and from watching Paul on DVD.
Al


02 Apr 11 - 04:37 PM (#3127144)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Arthur McBride (from Paul Brady)
From: GUEST

Nice story,but untrue.Brady first came across this song in his brief association with the band Planxty,who recorded a definitive version of their own. Andy Irvine,who also played with Planxty,was one to go into historical archives for new songs,which is how Planxty learned and recorded it first in 1972.


11 Apr 11 - 07:27 AM (#3132940)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Arthur McBride (from Paul Brady)
From: GUEST

Paul Brady gives the story about how he came about his version of the song on a recent TG4 TV programme, about the Paul Brady/Andy Irvine album, which is currently viewable here
He cites Carrie Grover as the source for the lyrics he sings.

-----------Blue clicky added. JoeClone----------


28 Apr 16 - 02:07 AM (#3787559)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Arthur McBride (from Paul Brady)
From: Joe Offer

Here's a link to a 1977 Paul Brady performance of this song: