Thanks for the article Patrick. It was only in the last ten years or so that I found out that that other JC wrote 40 S.o.g.
Originally Posted by PatrickOD
It always reminds me of the first record player that came into the house. I assume my dad must have had a wee win at the bookies 'cos one evening after work in about '62 he turned up with a Bush record player and five EPs. Follow that Dream by Elvis for me, Acker Bilk for my brother, Cliff for my sis, and two Irish records - Bridie Gallacher and Eileen O'Donaghy - the latter was called 'The Kellys', I seem to remember and 40 Shades of Green was on it and that was the first time I ever heard the song - it was the only song I really liked on that one. It's still a fantastic tune, I think, whether JC wrote it or not ( I think he did - he sings it like he did) - those records got a right lot of play back then, I'll tell you.
Here's a good version of Roseanne doing it with the Transatlantic sesh folks, though on one of the Transatlantic Sessions' records she sings it with Paul Brady and it's marvellous.
Last edited by johncorrigan; 27-02-11 at 19:05.
Reason: writing wrongs
john, thank you for your acknowledgement.
I thought the article might be of interest to someone, and I'm not by any means downgrading the song. It caught the imagination of many a singer and it was covered by every showband in Ireland.
I'm sure Paul Brady heard it a million times as a young musician making his way and listening, like myself, to all the bands in the early sixties. I remember him well at that time. Didn't he do well!
Here he is, near the start of his fame, with another Tyrone musician.
I've just purchased this CD, Ma Bhionn Tu Liom, by Roisin Elsafty, sheer delight from beginning to end. It includes Eleanor a Run, which I posted some time ago, and many other beautiful songs. One which was completely new to me and which is strangely compelling, both in arrangemant and in subject matter is called Ali: Dillteachtin gan bhri (my translation: Ali, orphaned without reason). It has all the marks of an anthem for peace, imo. Well...... it might have had. Time moves on for some.
I have included a recording of this song. As it's in Irish, the refrain goes something like this:
Ali Ali Ali, orphaned without meaning
They swept out the remains of your kin
In the middle of the night
Keep up your courage
Keep up your heart
Ali Ali Ali orphaned without reason.
A song for many out east on our Earth at this time Patrick - the song felt so full of hope in such a sad subject -- thanks for the translation, but what did the B52s have to do with it? - great voice, great tune.
Daonlathas a teacht aniar ar bhord B-52 is a bit satirical, John. It means Democracy is coming from the west on board a B-52. She sounds so sweet doesn't she?
Thanks Patrick - I really do like this - and a happy St Namesake's day to you for today.
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Reason: momentary lapse of spelling!
Go raibh maith agat, a Sean. That's, Thanks John!
I suppose one can't miss with a lullaby, and I suppose all the words mean the same thing everywhere.
Mmmmmmmm mo leanbh
Mmmmmmmm na chodladh gan bron.
Mmmmmmmm my baby
Mmmmmmmm sleeping without worry.
Just to start you off with another gem from the delightful Roisin.
I hope you agree.
It's me again. Not worth a new topic, but perhaps of some interest.
I never rated this song much, but the article throws quite a new light on it.