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February 18, 2005

The Friday Sound File

Scotty M's whisky lullaby, which I cannot sing to him as he and the Ngnat have been taken off to visit the inlaws by the Sainted Wife. She'll have to play it for him. As I provide neither the harmony nor the whistling in my renditions, he'll probably for a great deal more than normal.

For those of you interested, the song is called "Mountain Dew." It's performed by the Clancy Brothers. Bob Dylan was a fan, once upon a time.

"I'm going to be as big as the Clancy Brothers!"

Lyrics are appended at the end of the post. As with all of Hraka's sound files, the one above will only be available for a short while.

Mountain Dew

Let grasses grow and waters flow in a free and easy way
But give me enough of the fine ould stuff that's made near Galway Bay
And policemen all from Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim too
We'll give them the slip and we'll take a sip of the real old mountain dew

Chorus:
Hi-the-diddley-I-dill-dum, diddley-doodle-I-dill-um, diddley- doo-ri-diddley-di-day
Hi-the-diddley-I-dill-um, diddley-doo-dill-I-dill-um, diddley- doo-ri-diddley-di-day

At the foot of the hill, there's a neat little still, with the smoke curling up to the sky
By the smoke and the smell, you can painly tell, that there's poteen brewing nearby
For it fills the air with odour rare and betwixt both me and you
When home you stroll, you can take a bowl or a bucket of the mountain dew

Chorus

Now learned men who use the pen, have wrote your praises high
That sweet poteen from Ireland green, distilled from wheat and rye
Throw away your pills, it will cure all ills of pagan, christian or jew
Take off you coat and grease your throat with the real old mountain dew

Chorus

Posted by Bigwig at February 18, 2005 04:45 PM | TrackBack
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Comments

Great song... though I don't think it's exactly a lullabye. Makes me want to dance.

Posted by: Kathy K at February 18, 2005 08:06 PM

So you've got the clancy bros coved, not sure how much yo have by way of the Dubliners...

I'll bring some over to you, same vein but a bit more raucous. I think you'll like them.

Posted by: oxyscot at February 19, 2005 12:25 AM

It is kind of upbeat for a lullaby,Kathy. He enjoys it nonetheless, though that might be becuase the Wiggles have a version of the song as well, though they don't mention whiskey. Don't know what to call a "midtempo folk song one sings to his child before bedtime" other than "lullaby," but you're right, the word lacks a certain descriptive quality in one area, and implies things that the song does not support in another.

Posted by: Bigwig at February 19, 2005 08:49 AM
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