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Still Rovin'

by The Irish Rovers

Celtic Folk from the world renowned band. A strong representation of Irish Rovers music with rollicking traditional tunes, as well as the Rovers' original ballads, ranging from roving to unrequited love, to forced immigration and back to rovin'.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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1. Rambling Boys of Pleasure
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2. Up Among The Heather
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3. The Dear Little Shamrock Shore
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4. Instrumental Jigs - Father Kelly's Jig/ Langstrom's Pony/ The Lark in the Morning
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5. Brady of Strabane
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6. Let the Toast Go Round
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7. I Will Go A-Rovin'
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8. Mary of Dungloe
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9. The Farmer's Young Wife
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10. The Gypsy
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11. Rory Murphy
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12. Sweet Lovely Joan
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13. Instrumental Reels - The Plough and the Stars/ Shehan's Reel/ The Boys of Malin
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14. Forty Years A-Rovin'
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A WORD FROM US TO YOU

YES VIRGINIA, WE ARE INDEED STILL ROVIN’ AFTER ALL THESE YEARS, FORTY AND MORE AND STILL COUNTING. IF WE KEEP THIS UP SURE WE’LL SOON BE AS OLD AS THE SONGS WE’RE SINGING. THE ROVING HAS LED US DOWN MANY A ROAD OVER THE YEARS, SOME ROCKY, SOME SMOOTH BUT ALWAYS INTERESTING. NOT COUNTING THE NUMEROUS COMPILATION RECORDS, THIS WILL BE OUR 30TH ALBUM OR CD FOR YOU YOUNGSTERS OUT THERE. WE’VE RECORDED 15 TRACKS RANGING FROM ROVING TO UNREQUITED LOVE, TO FORCED IMMIGRATION AND WHAT ELSE?- BUT BACK TO THE ROVING AGAIN. WE HOPE THEY’LL INDUCE A SMILE OR CHUCKLE OR MAYBE EVEN A TEAR OR TWO – FROM THE SONGS THAT IS, AND NOT THE SINGING! SO IN THIS BUSY WORLD OF COMPUTERS AND “HIGH TECH” CONFUSION, WE INVITE YOU TO TAKE A JOURNEY BACK WITH US TO SIMPLER TIMES IN IRELAND, WHEN “MEN WERE MEN AND SHEEP WERE SCARED!” SO PLEASE ENJOY OUR LATEST “LABOUR OF LOVE”, AND INCIDENTALLY A GLASS OF BUSHMILLS OR YOUR FAVOURITE JAR WOULD NOT BE OUT OF ORDER.

SLÀINTE,
GEORGE MILLAR – AUGUST, 2007

(INSIDE BACK COVER – OR OUTSIDE OF BOOKLET)

THE IRISH ROVERS ARE:
GEORGE MILLAR GUITAR, BOUZOUKI, SPOONS & VOCALS
WILCIL MCDOWELL ACCORDION & KEY BOARDS
JOHN REYNOLDS GUITAR, BASS & VOCALS
SEAN O’DRISCOLL BANJO, BOUZOUKI, MANDOLIN & BUTTON-KEY ACCORDION
IAN MILLAR GUITAR, BASS & VOCALS

GUEST MUSICIANS:
IN IRELAND – PATRICK DAVEY - IRISH PIPES, FLUTE & WHISTLE
SHEILA GARY - FIDDLE
RAY GALLON - BODHRAN & BONES
DAVY SLOAN - BACK UP VOCALS
IN CANADA - TODD SACERTY - BASS
GEOFFREY KELLY - WHISTLE & BODHRAN
TYLER CARSON - FIDDLE

PRODUCED BY: GEORGE MILLAR FOR ROVER RECORDS
ENGINEERED BY: RICK SALT
MIXED BY: GEORGE MILLAR & RICK SALT
RECORDED AT: ISLAND PACIFIC STUDIOS – B.C. CANADA & EMERALD STUDIOS –
TEMPLEPATRICK N. IRELAND
ENGINEERED AT EMERALD BY: GEORGE DOHERTY & CO-ORDINATED BY WILCIL MCDOWELL
MASTERED BY: RICK SALT
PHOTOGRAPHS BY: DEE LIPPINGWELL
LAYOUT & TYPING BY: AMY MILLAR
COVER DESIGN & ARTWORK BY: JENNIFER TEMPLE FOR MMSDIRECT
WEBPAGE: WWW.THEIRISHROVERSMUSIC.COM







SONG NO. 1

THE RAMBLING BOYS OF PLEASURE
GEORGE MILLAR – RED MADDIE MUSIC/ SOCAN

THIS IS THE TITLE OF AN OLD NORTHERN IRISH BALLAD FOUND IN THE LEN GRAHAM COLLECTION, “IT’S OF MY RAMBLES”… BUT THIS ONE IS MORE OF A ROUSING, PINT SWILLING, FOND OF A GOOD TIME SORT OF SONG.

CHORUS:
WE’LL RANT AND ROAR UPON THE SPREE
AND SING AND DANCE RIGHT HEARTILY
NO SORROW, CARES OR WOES HAVE WE
THE RAMBLING BOYS OF PLEASURE

VERSE 1:
HE’S A HELL OF A MAN FOR DRINKING STOUT
AND WHEN THE BARREL HAS RUN OUT
BRING MORE PORTER THEY WILL SHOUT
THE RAMBLING BOYS OF PLEASURE

CHORUS:

VERSE 2:
THERE’S SOME CONTENT TO TOIL AWAY
THEY HAVE NO TIME FOR SPORT OR PLAY
BUT ONES LIKE US LIVE FOR TODAY
WE’RE THE RAMBLING BOYS OF PLEASURE

CHORUS:

VERSE 3:
NOW WE’VE GOT SWEETHEARTS BY THE SCORE
ALL UP AND DOWN THE SHAMROCK SHORE
FOR ALL THE LASSIES DO ADORE
THE RAMBLING BOYS OF PLEASURE

CHORUS:

VERSE 4:
WE’VE BEEN FROM CORK TO DONEGAL
FROM WESTPORT TO OULD CUSHENDALL
WHERE’ERE WE GO WE’RE KNOWN TO ALL
AS THE RAMBLING BOYS OF PLEASURE

CHORUS:

VERSE 5:
SO IF YOU SEE US PASSING BY
COME IN AND DRINK IF YOU ARE DRY
AND RAISE A FRIENDLY GLASS ON HIGH
TO THE RAMBLING BOYS OF PLEASURE

CHORUS (REPEAT):

SONG NO. 2

UP AMONG THE HEATHER
TRADITIONAL –ARR. & ADPT. BY GEORGE MILLAR & WILCIL MCDOWELL
– RED MADDIE MUSIC/SOCAN

A LITTLE SCOTTISH GEM WE LEARNED FROM PAT EUGENE AND BRENDAN CLANCY – THE IRISH RAMBLERS FROM CO. ARMAGH– A GREAT IRISH BAND FROM THE 60’S. IF ROBBY BURNS DIDN’T WRITE THIS ONE, HE SHOULD HAVE.

CHORUS:
UP AMONG THE HEATHER AT THE HILL OF BENACHIE
ROLLING WITH A WEE GIRL UNDERNEATH A TREE
A BUM-BEE STUNG ME WELL ABOVE THE KNEE
UP AMONG THE HEATHER AT THE HILL OF BENACHIE

VERSE 1:
AS I WENT OUT A-ROVING ON A SUMMER’S DAY
I SPIED A BONNIE LASSIE STROLLING ON THE BRAE
SHE WAS PICKING WILD BERRIES AND I OFFERED HER A HAND
SAYING MAYBE I CAN HELP YOU FILL YOUR WEE TIN CAN

CHORUS:

VERSE 2:
SAYS I ME BONNIE LASS ARE YOU GOING TO SPEND THE DAY
UP AMONG THE HEATHER WHERE THE LADS AND LASSIES PLAY
THEY’RE HUGGING AND THEY’RE KISSING AND THEY’RE MAKING FANCY FREE
AMONG THE BLOOMING HEATHER ON THE HILL OF BENACHIE

CHORUS:

VERSE 3:
WE SAT DOWN TOGETHER AND I HELD HER IN ME ARMS
I HUGGED HER AND I KISSED HER TAKEN BY HER CHARMS
THEN I TOOK OUT ME FIDDLE AND I FIDDLED MERRILY
AMONG THE BLOOMING HEATHER AT THE HILL OF BENACHIE

CHORUS:

VERSE 4:
COME ALL YOU BONNIE LASSIES AND TAKE MY ADVICE
AND NEVER LET A SOLDIER LADDIE KISS YOU MORE THAN TWICE
FOR ALL THE TIME HE’S KISSING YOU HE’S THINKING OUT A PLAN
TO “GET A WEE BIT RATTLE AT YOUR OULD TIN CAN”

CHORUS:

SONG NO. 3

THE DEAR LITTLE SHAMROCK SHORE
GEORGE MILLAR – RED MADDIE MUSIC/ SOCAN

THE POTATO FAMINE OF THE MID 1800’S DECIMATED THE POPULATION OF IRELAND. COUNTLESS NUMBERS PERISHED WHILE LEGIONS MORE WERE FORCED TO IMMIGRATE TO FOREIGN SHORES, LEAVING THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES BEHIND. A SONG TO REMEMBER THEM BY.

VERSE 1:
‘TWAS THE LANDLORDS WHO DROVE US FROM IRELAND
THEIR HIGH RENTS WERE OUR PRISON WALLS
THEN THE FAMINE CAME ROUND AND BLACKENED THE GROUND
AND THE AUCTIONEER’S HAMMER DID FALL

CHORUS:
FAREWELL TO THE ONES I ADORE
AND THE LAND I WILL SEE NEVERMORE
FOR I’M SAYING GOODBYE WITH A TEAR IN ME EYE
TO THE DEAR LITTLE SHAMROCK SHORE

VERSE 2:
OUR SHIP LIES IN FAIR DERRY HARBOUR
TO BEAR US SAFE OVER THE FOAM
OUT TO HALIFAX TOWN I SOON WILL BE BOUND
FAR AWAY FROM ME NATIVE HOME

CHORUS:

VERSE 3:
WELL THEY ALL CAME TO WISH ME SAFE JOURNEY
THE PARTING STILL GRIEVES ON ME MIND
ME PARENTS SO DEAR, ME FRIENDS FAR AND NEAR
AND THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND

CHORUS:

VERSE 4:
THERE’S WORK TO BE HAD IF YOU’RE ABLE
THE NEW WORLD HAS TREATED ME FINE
WITH ME SHOVEL AND SPADE I TOIL AT ME TRADE
BUT RICHES WILL NEVER BE MINE

CHORUS:

VERSE 5:
WHILE RIVERS STILL RUN TO THE OCEAN
AND WEE BIRDS ON FEATHERED WINGS SOAR
I WILL DREAM OF THE DAY WHEN HOME I WILL STRAY
TO THE DEAR LITTLE SHAMROCK SHORE

CHORUS (REPEAT):

SONG NO. 4

JIGS
TRADITIONAL –ARR. & ADPT. BY WILCIL MCDOWELL
– RED MADDIE MUSIC/SOCAN

WILCIL HAS PUT TOGETHER SOME LIVELY JIGS TO LIFT THE SPIRITS:

1. FATHER KELLY’S JIG
2. LANGSTROM’S PONY
3. THE LARK IN THE MORNING

SONG NO. 5

BRADY OF STRABANE
TRADITIONAL –ARR. & ADPT. BY GEORGE MILLAR & WILCIL MCDOWELL
– RED MADDIE MUSIC/SOCAN

HIRING FAIRS AT ONE TIME IN IRELAND, WERE POPULAR PLACES FOR FARMERS TO HIRE SEASONAL HELP. IT WAS BACK BREAKING WORK AND ILL-PAYING, AND YOUR ONLY SALVATION WAS A DECENT, HUMANE BOSS. BRADY WASN’T ONE OF THEM.

CHORUS:
OH YOU’RE WELCOME WITH ME JOHNNY AND YOU’RE WITH A DECENT MAN
T’WAS LITTLE I KNEW WHAT I HAD TO DO FOR BRADY OF STRABANE

VERSE 1:
AS I WENT INTO A HIRING FAIR IN A PLACE THEY CALL THE STRAND
‘TWAS THERE I HIRED FOR SEVEN LONG YEARS WITH BRADY OF STRABANE
AND BEFORE I SIGNED TO WORK FOR HIM HE WAS VERY NICE TO ME
HE PROMISED ME EGGS AND BACON AND HE THEN SHOOK HANDS WITH ME

CHORUS:

VERSE 2:
WHEN I WENT UP TO ME BED THAT NIGHT I LET AN AWFUL BAWL
FOR THE FLEAS THEY MADE A FIERCE ATTACK AND I GOT NO SLEEP AT ALL
AND WHEN I WENT DOWN FOR ME BREAKFAST WELL WHAT DO YOU THINK I SEE
BUT A DOZEN SQUALLING CHILDREN CRYING IS THERE ANYTHING THERE FOR ME

CHORUS:

VERSE 3:
EACH MORNING I AROSE FOR WORK AT THE DAWNING OF THE DAY
TO TEND TO HIS COWS AND HORSES AND FEED THEM OATS AND HAY
THEN OFF TO PLOUGH THE PASTURES AND PLANT THE SPUDS AND CORN
EACH NIGHT BEFORE I WENT TO SLEEP I WISHED I’D NEVER BEEN BORN

CHORUS:

VERSE 4:
I WORKED ON BRADY’S FARM TILL I LOOKED AN AWFUL SIGHT
ME BONES WERE PUSHING THROUGH ME SKIN I WORKED FROM MORN TILL NIGHT
AND WHEN I DIED AND PASSED AWAY OLD BRADY GAVE A GRIN
SAYING HE’LL MAKE GOOD FERTILIZER AND THERE’S PLENTY MORE LIKE HIM

CHORUS (REPEAT):

SONG NO. 6
LET THE TOAST GO ROUND
GEORGE MILLAR – RED MADDIE MUSIC/ SOCAN

A HAPPY IRREVERENT SONG ABOUT A BUNCH OF HAPPY IRREVERENT REVELERS.

CHORUS:
AND WE’LL DRINK TO GOOD COMPANIONS AND IRISH WHISKY NEAT
WE’LL DRINK TO WIVES AND LOVERS AND WE HOPE THEY NEVER MEET
WELL DRINK TO ROGUES LIKE US MAY GOOD FORTUNE ON US FALL
AND WHEN THE TOAST COMES ROUND WE’LL DRINK TO ANYTHING AT ALL

VERSE 1:
NOW WHEN THE DAY HAS ENDED AND ALL THE WORK IS THROUGH
WE GATHER AT THE ALEHOUSE AND RAISE A GLASS OR TWO
AND AS WE SIT A DRINKING WE SING AND DANCE AND ROAR
TIL WE BECOME FAR MERRIER THAN WE EVER WERE BEFORE

CHORUS:

VERSE 2:
FROM FRANCE WE GET GOOD BRANDY JAMAICA HAS FINE RUM
AND FROTHY PINTS OF PORTER FROM DEAR OULD IRELAND COMES
ENGLAND HAS ITS CIDER AND THE SCOTS THEIR SINGLE MALT
THEY’RE FINE AND DECENT DRINKS ME BOYS WITH THEM WE FIND NO FAULT

CHORUS:

VERSE 3:
AND WHEN THE GLASS IS EMPTY TO ANOTHER WE’LL AGREE
FOR THE MORE WE HAVE TO DRINK SURE THE MERRIER WE WILL BE
AND THE MERRIER WE BECOME ALL OUR TROUBLES FADE AWAY
THEY MIGHT BE THERE TOMORROW BUT WE’RE HAPPIER TODAY

CHORUS:

VERSE 4:
AND WHEN THE NIGHT IS OVER WE’LL GO OUR SEPARATE WAYS
IT’S FAREWELL TO MY COMRADES TIL WE MEET ANOTHER DAY
THE PARTING BRINGS US SORROW AND IT LEAVES A HEAVY HEART
SO WE’LL HAVE ANOTHER GLASS ME BOYS AT LEAST BEFORE WE PART

CHORUS:
SONG NO. 7
I WILL GO A-ROVIN’
WORDS: GEORGE MILLAR – RED MADDIE MUSIC/ SOCAN
TUNE: TRADITIONAL

THE FREEDOM TO RAMBLE IS A REOCCURRING THEME IN IRISH MUSIC. HERE’S A NEW ONE FOR YOU TO LEARN. SING OUT WHY DON’T YOU?

CHORUS:
A-ROVIN’-O A-ROVIN’-O I WILL GO A-ROVIN’-O
THE WIND MAY BLOW AND THE SNOW MAY SNOW
BUT I WILL GO A-ROVIN’

VERSE 1:
SO FARE YE WELL MY TURTLEDOVE
IT’S TIME THAT I WAS LEAVING
BUT I’LL COME BACK THIS WAY AGAIN
SO I HOPE YOU’LL NOT BE GRIEVING
AND IF YOU EVER THINK ON ME
I HOPE IT’S WITH A HIGH DEGREE
FOR I WILL KINDLY THINK ON THEE
WHEN I AM ON ME ROVIN’

CHORUS:

VERSE 2:
I WAS BORN A TINKER’S SON
IN THE MOUNTAINS OF KILLARNEY
I’VE SEEN THE SIGHTS OF IRELAND BOYS
FROM RATHLIN DOWN TO BLARNEY
SOMETIMES I SLEEP UPON THE GROUND
OR FEATHER BEDS WITH EIDER DOWN
BUT ONLY GOD KNOWS WHERE I’M BOUND
WHEN I AM ON ME ROVIN’

CHORUS:

VERSE 3:
I KNOW THE PATHWAYS THROUGH THE GLENS
THE COUNTRY LANES AND BI-WAYS
I’VE TRAMPED THE BOGS AND FOUND ME WAY
DOWN ROCKY ROADS AND HIGH-WAYS
THE ROVIN’ TRADE MUST BE THE BEST
FOR WHEN YOU’RE TIRED YOU SIT AND REST
AND WHILE THE SUN SETS IN THE WEST
I WILL GO A-ROVIN’

CHORUS:

VERSE 4:
OH I WOULDN’T TRADE ME LIFE A’TALL
FOR THE KING OF SPAIN’S OWN RICHES
I’M HAPPY RAMBLING ROUND THE HILLS
AND JUMPING STREAMS AND DITCHES
FOR WHEN THE WINE IS FLOWING FREE
AND I’VE A LASSIE ON ME KNEE
THERE’S NOT A MAN CONTENT AS ME
WHEN I AM ON ME ROVIN’

CHORUS (REPEAT):

SONG NO. 8

MARY FROM DUNGLOE
TRADITIONAL –ARR. & ADPT. BY GEORGE MILLAR & WILCIL MCDOWELL
– RED MADDIE MUSIC/SOCAN

A BEAUTIFUL LOVE SONG FROM DONEGAL CONCERNING A YOUNG MAN FORCED TO LEAVE HIS LOVE,
AND SEEK HIS FORTUNE IN AMERICA.

VERSE 1:
OH THEN FARE-YE-WELL SWEET DONEGAL THE ROSSES AND GWEEDORE
I’M CROSSING THE MAIN OCEAN WHERE THE FOAMING BILLOWS ROAR
IT BREAKS MY HEART FROM YOU TO PART WHERE I SPENT MANY HAPPIER DAYS
FAREWELL TO KIND RELATIONS I’M BOUND FOR AMERIKAY

VERSE 2:
AH, THEN MARY YOU’RE MY HEART’S DELIGHT MY PRIDE AND ALL MY CARE
IT WAS YOUR CRUEL FATHER WHO WOULD NOT LET ME STAY THERE
BUT ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROWN FOND AND SOON I’LL BE CROSSING THE MAIN
MAY THE LORD PROTECT YOU DARLING GIRL TILL I RETURN AGAIN

VERSE 3:
OH I WISH I WAS IN SWEET DUNGLOE ALL SEATED ON THE GRASS
AND BY MY SIDE A BOTTLE OF WINE AND ON MY KNEE A LASS
I’LL CALL FOR LIQUOR OF THE BEST AND I’LL PAY BEFORE I WILL GO
AND I’LL ROLL MY MARY IN MY ARMS IN THE TOWN OF SWEET DUNGLOE

SONG NO. 9
THE FARMER’S YOUNG WIFE
WORDS: GEORGE MILLAR – RED MADDIE MUSIC/ SOCAN
TUNE: TRADITIONAL


SHE WAS NICE TO LOOK AT BUT SHE WASN’T TOO INTERESTED IN FARMING, OR ANY OTHER WORK FOR THAT MATTER.

VERSE 1:
‘TWAS DOWN BY THE BANKS OF THE BANN
LIVED A FARMER WITH ACRES A-PLENTY
HIS LIFE IT WAS PEACEFUL AND CALM
‘TIL HE MARRIED A GIRL FROM THE GENTRY
SHE WAS HANDSOME AND BUXOM AND GAY
BUT WILD AS THE DEVIL AND FRISKY
SHE WAS BETTER THAN MEN THEY DID SAY
AT DRINKING THE PORTER AND WHISKEY

CHORUS:
RIGHT FOL-LA-LOL-LIDDLE-I-AY
RIGHT FOL-LA-LOL-LIDDLE-I-ADDY
RIGHT FOL-LA-LOL-LIDDLE-I-AY
SINGING WHACK FOL-THE-TOOR-A-LI-ADDY

VERSE 2:
THE MARRIAGE WAS ROCKY AT BEST
IT WASN’T A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN
AT DAWN HE AROSE FROM HIS NEST
BUT SHE STAYED IN HER BED ‘TIL ELEVEN
AT COOKING OR CLEANING SHE’D FROWN
AT THE FARMING SHE HADN’T A NOTION
SO SHE SPENT ALL HER TIME IN THE TOWN
BUYING DRESSES FROM OVER THE OCEAN

CHORUS:

VERSE 3:
EACH DAY WHEN THE FARMING WAS DONE
HE WANTED TO SIT AT HIS LEISURE
BUT SHE WOULD BE LOOKING FOR FUN
SAYING I WANT SOME ENJOYMENT AND PLEASURE
SO HE’D LABOUR AWAY AT HIS BEST
SAYIN’ DARLIN’ I’LL GIVE YOU FAIR WARNING
IF YOU DON’T LE T ME STOP FOR A REST
I WILL SURELY BE DEAD BE THE MORNING

CHORUS:


THE FARMER’S YOUNG WIFE…CONT.

VERSE 4:
WELL, SHE MET A YOUNG SAILOR ONE DAY
WHO WAS SOON TAKEN IN BY THIS CHARMER
THEY UP AND THEY BOTH RAN AWAY
MUCH TO THE RELIEF OF THE FARMER
HE FOUND A WEE WIDOW FROM LARNE
AT THE MILKING THERE’S NOBODY BETTER
THEY’RE VERY CONTENT ON THE FARM
AND HE’S GLAD HE WAS ABLE TO GET HER

CHORUS (REPEAT):

SONG NO. 10

THE GYPSY
DAVID MCWILLIAMS- JULIE MUSIC

DAVID MCWILLIAMS WAS A SINGER/SONGWRITER FROM BELFAST WHO GREW UP IN BALLYMENA, WHERE SOME OF US ARE FROM. HE WROTE MANY GREAT SONGS, AND HERE’S ONE OF HIS EARLIER ONES:

VERSE 1:

WAKE UP MY LOVE AND SING ME A SONG
YOU’VE LAIN HERE BESIDE ME ALL THE NIGHT LONG
WILL YOU REMEMBER ME WILL YOU RETURN
OR LEAVE ME TO SORROW AND TO YEARN
I AM A POOR BOY AND I HAVE NO GOLD
ALL I HAVE OWNED HAS BEEN BARGAINED AND SOLD
BUT I WILL GIVE YOU THE SUN AND THE STARS
AND I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU ARE

CHORUS 1:
NANCY WILL YOU COME WILL YOU FOLLOW AFTER ME
MY COACH IS WAITING I WILL SET YOU FREE
WILL YOU LEAVE YOUR HUSBAND HIS CASTLE AND ESTATE
TO FOLLOW THE ROVING GYPSY

VERSE 2:
ONCE I WAS AS RICH AS A KING WITH HIS CROWN
CARRIAGES AND SERVANTS A MAN OF RENOWN
BUT THEN I WAS ROBBED BY A BOLD HIGHWAYMAN
AND LEFT WITHOUT A PENNY IN ME HAND
NOW JUST LIKE HIM A ROBBER I MAY BE
WHO RAMBLES ROUND THIS COUNTRY AND SLEEPS AMONG THE TREES
BUT I HAVE A HEART JUST AS TRUE AS ANY LORD
AND MORE THAN MANY CAN AFFORD

CHORUS 2:
NO I WILL NOT FOLLOW, FOLLOW AFTER YOU
YOUR STORY IS ALL LIES AND YOUR HEART IT ISN’T TRUE
I’LL NOT LEAVE ME HUSBAND HIS CASTLE OR ESTATE
TO FOLLOW THE ROVING GYPSY

VERSE 3:
YOU’RE A HIGHBORN LADY AND WITH ME YOU HAVE LAIN
KNOWING YOU WOULD NEVER EVER SEE ME AGAIN
AND SO BEFORE I GO MY DUTY MUST BE PAID
FOR ALL THAT I HAVE DONE AND LEFT UNSAID
I WILL TAKE ME PAYMENT FROM THE RICHES THAT YOU WEAR
THE RINGS UPON YOUR FINGERS AND THE JEWELS IN YOUR HAIR
YOU CAN HAVE YOUR HUSBAND HIS CASTLE AND ESTATE
PERHAPS ME LOVE WE’LL MEET AGAIN BY FATE

CHORUS 3:
NANCY DON’T YOU FOLLOW, FOLLOW AFTER ME
FOR I AM A ROVER ME HEART IS FANCY FREE
AND NOW I HAVE YOUR JEWELS TO BUY ME FOOD AND WINE
FOR I AM THE ROVING GYPSY

SONG NO. 11
RORY MURPHY
TRADITIONAL –ARR. & ADPT. BY GEORGE MILLAR– RED MADDIE MUSIC/SOCAN

HERE’S ONE FOR THE SCOTS, LEARNT FROM ROBIN HALL AND JIMMY MCGREGOR. A WEE SONG ABOUT A CHAMPION PIPER.

CHORUS:
SAW YE RORY MURPHY, RORY MURPHY, RORY MURPHY
SAW YE RORY MURPHY COMING FRAE DUMBARTON

VERSE 1:
NOW RORY WAS A PIPER BOLD
HIELAND BLOOD WI’IN HIM FLOWED
AND LOWLAND BODIES’ HEARTS AYE GLOWED
TO THE TUNES OF RORY MURPHY
HE FILLED THE WARRIORS’ BREASTS WI’ FIRE
HE CHEERED THE HEART O’SAGE AND SIRE
AND MADE THE LISTENING GROUPS ADMIRE
AS HE GAE’D THROUGH DUMBARTON

CHORUS:

VERSE 2:
HE HAD A BEARD O’LAMMER GLOSS
HIS CHEEKS WERE FRESHER THAN THE ROSE
HIS SPARKLING EYES AS BLACK’S A SLOE’S
AND A NOSE AS RED’S A PARTAN
RORY STOOD SIX FOOT OR MORE
THE BRAWEST MAN ON SCOTLAND’S SHORE
AND ALL THE LASSIES DID ADORE
THE PIPER O’DUMBARTON

CHORUS:

VERSE 3:
HE OFT TIMES PLAYED THE NIGHT AWA’
AND NEVER WAS HE TIRED AT A’
PIPING NOTE FOR ONE AND A’
AND A TUNE FOR EVERY TARTAN
WHEN RORY DRANK AN EXTRA GILL
HE MADE HIS CHANTER SOUND SO SHRILL
YOU’D HEAR HIM ON BENLOMOND HILL
AS CLEAR AS IN DUMBARTON

CHORUS:

VERSE 4:
‘TWAS WHISKEY THAT DID HIM BETRAY
WHILE TOTTERING HOME MORE DRUNK EACH DAY
HE FELL HEADLONG ALL DOON THE BRAE
THAT KILLED HIM DEAD FOR CERTAIN
NO MORE WE’LL HEAR HIS WITCHING TONES
NO MORE HE’LL BLOW HIS HIELAND DRONES
HIS BONES LIE COLD BENEATH THE STONES
IN THE KIRKYARD O’DUMBARTON

SONG NO. 12

SWEET LOVELY JOAN
GEORGE MILLAR – RED MADDIE MUSIC/ SOCAN

A SONG OF LOVE AND LONGING, BUT UNFORTUNATELY ONE-SIDED. SOME RELATIONSHIPS ARE NOT MEANT OT BE IT SEEMS.

VERSE 1:
IN THE SWEET COUNTY ANTRIM WHERE THE BRAID WATER FLOWS
THROUGH GREEN FIELDS AND MEADOWS WHERE THE WILD BRACKEN GROWS
T’WAS THERE I FIRST SPIED HER SHE WAS WALKING ALONE
AND PLUCKING WILD FLOWERS THE SWEET LOVELY JOAN

VERSE 2:
AS I GAZED ON HER BEAUTY WELL I COULD NOT SURMISE
I THOUGHT HER AN ANGEL THAT FELL FROM THE SKIES
FOR NO MORTAL IN THIS WIDE WORLD THAT I’VE EVER KNOWN
COULD COMPARE TO THIS LASSIE THE SWEET LOVELY JOAN

VERSE 3:
I WALKED UP BESIDE HER INQUIRING HER NAME
SHE SHYLY RESPONDED AND SHE ASKED ME THE SAME
THEN WE STROLLED ON TOGETHER MY HEART OVERTHROWN
WHICH I GLADLY SURRENDERED TO THE SWEET LOVELY JOAN

VERSE 4:
WELL WE COURTED EACH OTHER THROUGH THE WHOLE SUMMER LONG
AND I ASKED HER TO MARRY AS THE WINTER CAME ON
BUT I COULD NOT SUPPORT HER AND FROM ME SHE HAS FLOWN
TO THE ARMS OF ANOTHER MY SWEET LOVELY JOAN

VERSE 5:
OH IF I HAD THE WEALTH OF A PRINCE OR A KING
I WOULD GIVE HER BRIGHT JEWELS AND THE FINEST GOLD RINGS
BUT ME BEING A POOR BOY WITH NO MEANS OF MY OWN
ONLY LOVE CAN I OFFER THE SWEET LOVELY JOAN

VERSE 6:
AYE AND NOW SHE HAS MARRIED A LORD OF THE LAND
SHE HAS RICHES AND SERVANTS ALL AT HER COMMAND
WHILE I AM A ROVER AND I WANDER ALONE
WITH ONLY FOND MEMORIES OF THE SWEET LOVELY JOAN


SONG NO. 13


REELS
TRADITIONAL –ARR. & ADPT. BY WILCIL MCDOWELL
– RED MADDIE MUSIC/SOCAN

A COLLECTION OF BOISTEROUS TUNES GUARANTEED TO SET THE TOES A-TAPPING.

1. THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS
2. SHEEHAN’S REEL
3. THE BOYS OF MALIN

SONG NO. 14
FORTY YEARS A-ROVIN’
GEORGE MILLAR – RED MADDIE MUSIC/SOCAN

WHEN PEOPLE ASK US WHEN WE’RE GOING TO RETIRE, I LIKE TO QUOTE OUR OLD FRIEND TOMMY MAKEM WHO SAID, “SURE I RETIRE EVERY NIGHT. SO ONWARD BOYS FOR A WHILE YET.

CHORUS:
FORTY YEARS A-ROVIN’ WE HAVEN’T HAD ENOUGH
FORTY YEARS A-ROVIN’ AND WE’LL NEVER GIVE IT UP
WE’VE RAMBLED ALL AROUND AND WE’VE BEEN TO HELL AND GONE
FORTY YEARS A-ROVING AND STILL WE’RE ROVIN’ ON

VERSE 1:
I OWN I AM A ROVER OF THIS I KNOW RIGHT WELL
FOR I TAKE DELIGHT IN RAMBLIN’ ROUND THE TRUTH TO YOU I’LL TELL
ACROSS THE WILD ATLANTIC OR ON THE SHAMROCK SHORE
THE ROVIN’ IS ME STOCK AND TRADE AND HERE’S TO MANY MORE

CHORUS:

VERSE 2:
WE’VE SUNG AT WAKES AND WEDDINGS AND AT EVERY FANCY HALL
FOR THE POOR AND FOR THE GENTRY SURE WE’VE SUNG FOR ONE AND ALL
FROM BELFAST TO ALASKA AND FROM SPAIN TO MEXICO
FROM HALIFAX OUT TO FRISCO AND FROM AUCKLAND TO MAYO

CHORUS:

VERSE 3:
THERE’S SOME MEN CLIMB A MOUNTAIN AND SOME WHO SAIL THE SEA
AND SOME WOULD FIGHT FOR GLORY IN SOME FOREIGN COUNTERIE
THERE’S SOME WHO LIKE THE SIMPLE LIFE AND NEVER TAKE A DARE
BUT I WAS BORN FOR ROVIN’ BOYS AND GOING ON THE TEAR

CHORUS:

VERSE 4:
THE ROVIN’ IT DIES HARD AS I’LL HAVE YOUS ALL TO KNOW
FOR WHEN IT GESTS INTO YOUR BLOOD IT’S HARD TO LET IT GO
AND TIME BECOMES OUR MASTER AS THEY YEARS THEY FADE AWAY
BUT I WILL BE A ROVIN’ BOYS UNTIL ME DYING DAY

CHORUS:

SONG NO. 15

BOOLEVOGUE
TRADITIONAL –ARR. & ADPT. BY GEORGE MILLAR & WILCIL MCDOWELL
– RED MADDIE MUSIC/SOCAN

THIS ANCIENT IRISH AIR CALLED YOUGHAL HARBOUR IS BETTER KNOWN AS THE TUNE USED FOR THE SONG BOOLEVOGUE, WHICH IS A TOWN IN THE CO-WEXFORD. THE UNITED IRISHMEN FOUGHT THE BRITISH HERE IN 1798, LED BY THE PARISH PRIEST, FATHER MURPHY.


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WE’D LIKE TO THANK ALL THE MUSICIANS WHO GAVE OF THEIR TIME AND IDEAS FOR THIS PROJECT, WITH A SPECIAL THANKS TO PATRICK DAVEY AND DAVY SLOAN FOR THEIR NON-STOP PARADE OF JOKES WHICH KEPT US ALL IN STITCHES. NO ONE ENJOYED IT MORE THAN MARTIN, THE STUDIO OWNER, AS HE CALCULATED WITH GLEE, THE HOURS PILING UP!
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1. THE RAMBLING BOYS OF PLEASURE 3:33
2. UP AMONG THE HEATHER 2:38
3. THE DEER LITTLE SHAMROCK SHORE 4:30
4. INSTRUMENTAL JIGS 3:32
5. BRADY OF STRABANE 2:15
6. LET THE TOAST GO ROUND 2:47
7. I WILL GO A-ROVIN’ 3:02
8. MARY OF DUNGLOE 3:32
9. THE FARMER’S YOUNG WIFE 2:31
10. THE GYPSY 4:12
11. RORY MURPHY 3:03
12. SWEET LOVELY JOAN 3:32
13. INSTRUMENTAL REELS 3:30
14. FORTY YEARS A-ROVIN’ 2:44
15. BOOLEVOGUE 3:06


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