Mudcat Café message #1096373 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #10230   Message #1096373
Posted By: wysiwyg
19-Jan-04 - 12:55 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Tune Req: Joaquin Murrieta
Subject: Partial ADD: STELLA IRELAND AND LADY LUCK
Sound clip for Debby's song here, a nice long one too:

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Here's a start on the lyric, from the clip.

~S~

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STELLA IRELAND AND LADY LUCK
Debby McClatchy

From St. Charles, Missouri in 1849
Stella Ireland packed up all her gear
And joined the wagon line.
She hauled for California,
And then to settle down,
She opened a fandango house
In Rough-and-Ready town.

Now Stella had the finest drinks,
Her game was 21;
And miners came from miles around
To join in Stella's fun.
She brought in fancy fixin's
From all the seven seas.
And throughout the land her motto ran,
"We shore do aim to please."

Now Stella had a great big heart
For all around the town.
But no single man could win her love
Or hope to tie her down
She vowed no man was worth her love---
All she wanted was their gold.
So poor Stella had her virtue,
But her sheets were always cold.


Succeeding verses tell the story of Juan and his gold and how it all... worked out in the end. As usual, Debby's song is a masterful combination of tune and story, with internal rhymes popping to keep it going through its long number of verses.

~Susan