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rich r Dark Irish kid tunes (30) RE: Dark Irish kid tunes 26 Jan 99

I remember the Clancy Brother's & Tommy Makem "Live at Carnegie Hall" recording had a medley of children's songs, among them "A man of double deed" which may be in the DT but I couldn't get the search function to work tonight, so here it is (again?)

There was a man of double deed
Who sowed his garden full of seed
When the seed began to grow
'Twas like a garden full of snow
When the snow began to fall
LIke birds it was upon a wall
And when the birds began to fly
"Twas like a shipwreck in the sky
When the sky began to crack
"Twas like a stick upon my back
When my back began to smart
'Twas like a penknife in my heart
And when my heart began to bleed
Then I was dead and dead indeed.

They also did a 2 part response song:

Are you ready for a war, for we are the English
Are you ready for a war, for we are the English soldiers

O yes we're ready for a war for we are the Irish
Yes we're ready for a war for we are the Irish soldiers.

Now we only have one arm.....English

Now we have no arms at all...Irish

Now we only have one leg...English

Now we have no legs at all...Irish

Now we are all dead and gone...English

Now we're all alive again ...Irish.

There may be more body parts that could be dispensed with in a tit for tat fashion.

Tommy Makem also did a nursery rhyme from the north:

Up the long ladder and down the short rope
To hell with King Billy and God bless the pope
If that doesn't do we'll tear them in two
And send them to hell with their red white and blue.

rich r

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