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RIP, Tommy Makem.

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Fenian_Bastard, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. http://www.rte.ie/arts/2007/0802/makemt.html

    Let's not have a sniffle/Let's have a bloody good cry.
    Slán a chur le duine.
  2. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Can't speak a lick of Gaelic, but I offer my condolences.
  3. Ashy Larry

    Ashy Larry Active Member

    My father will NOT take this well.....he was a big Makem fan.

    I'll raise a glass to you Tommy tonight!
  4. casty33

    casty33 Active Member

    And Ashe, Tommy would have liked it if you put some Jemison's in that glass.
  5. finishthehat

    finishthehat Active Member

    "Four Green Fields" is going to be on a lot of playlists tonight.
  6. bigbadeagle

    bigbadeagle Member

    From my favorite Makem/Clancy Brothers collaboration:

    "There is never a one of all your dead more bravely fell in fray
    Than he who marches to his fate in Toomebridge town today
    True to the last, true to the last he treads the upwards way
    And young Roddy McCorley goes to die on the bridge of Toome today."
  7. JackyJackBN

    JackyJackBN Guest

    See her drinkin' sixteen pints at Pat Joe Murphy's
    And when the barman says it's time to go
    The answers that she gives are not in Gaelic
    But a language that the clergy do not know.

    Time to go, Tommy--RIP
  8. HC

    HC Well-Known Member

    My absolute favourite is "Mingulay Boat Song". Unbelievable beautiful when sung by the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem.
  9. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    FB’s politics couldn’t be further than mine, but based on his comments on music threads, I know I could enjoy a pint with him at any pub with a good juke box.

    RIP Tomm Makem

    Four Green Fields

    What did I have, said the fine old woman
    What did I have, this proud old woman did say
    I had four green fields, each one was a jewel
    But strangers came and tried to take them from me
    I had fine strong sons, who fought to save my jewels
    They fought and they died, and that was my grief said she

    Long time ago, said the fine old woman
    Long time ago, this proud old woman did say
    There was war and death, plundering and pillage
    My children starved, by mountain, valley and sea
    And their wailing cries, they shook the very heavens
    My four green fields ran red with their blood, said she

    What have I now, said the fine old woman
    What have I now, this proud old woman did say
    I have four green fields, one of them's in bondage
    In stranger's hands, that tried to take it from me
    But my sons had sons, as brave as were their fathers
    My fourth green field will bloom once again said she
  10. Back atcha, newb'. You buy the first one.
    I know AP is staffed by underaged lemurs, but this line about "four Green Fields" I have to share. According to the official Makem obit, FGF is about "a woman whose sons died trying to prevent strangers from taking her fields."
    Ah, not really, no.
  11. writing irish

    writing irish Active Member

    Someone should have caught that error, Fenian. In contrast, NPR's obit mentioned that song's political meaning and even played a few bars.


    When I was a little kid, "Finnegan's Wake" as performed by Makem, et al., made my spirit race and made me laugh just as the Ramones would ten years later. And their version of "The Parting Glass" remains the gold standard, IMO.

    Bail ó Dhia ort...slán leat.
  12. "Red Is The Rose," was our wedding song.
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