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Thread #3972   Message #21960
Posted By: leprechaun
22-Feb-98 - 02:36 AM
Thread Name: St. Patrick's Day favourites
Subject: RE: St. Patrick's Day favourites
I heard a song on the radio about an Irish musician who comes to America and everywhere he goes to play music, the people get mad because he doesn't play "real Irish" songs. The chorus went: "You're not Irish, you can't be Irish, you don't know Danny Boy, nor TooRaLooTaLooRa, or even Irish Eyes. You've got a hell of a nerve to say you came from Ireland. Now cut out all the nonsense and sing MacNamara'a Band."

Nevertheless, my third generation, west coast USA St. Patrick's Day would be tragically incomplete without the following songs:

It's the Same Old Shillelagh, A Nation Once Again, Seven Nights Drunk, Wearin' of the Green, Whiskey in the Jar, To Welcome Paddy Home, Mrs. Murphy's Chowder, Foggy Dew, Danny Boy, Carrickfergus, Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ra, Song For Ireland, Both Sides the Tweed, Mother Machree, Finnegan's Wake, The Rose of Tralee, Bold Fenian Men, The Back Door, Arthur McBride, Boulavogue, Mo Ghile Mear...

I probably won't get to hear all of them on March 17, but fortunately for me, St. Patrick's day is 365 days a year.

I've yet to hear "Johnson's Motor Car" or "The Patriot Game," though the lyrics are in my lost Dubliner's Song Book. Can somebody recommend a good anthology of revolutionary songs on CD? Then I could sing along with David & Phideaux, while drinking my Jameson's straight.