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fulurum Lyr Req: You're Not Irish! (Robbie O'Connell) (32) Lyr Add: YOU'RE NOT IRISH (Robbie O'Connell)^^ 16 Feb 00

(Robbie O'Connell)

When first I came to the USA with my guitar in hand,
I was told that I could get a job singing songs from Ireland.
So I headed up to Boston. I was sure to be all right.
But the very first night I got on the stage, I was in for a big surprise.
They said…

CHO: “You’re not Irish. You can't be Irish. You don't know Danny Boy,
Or Toora Loora Loola, or even Irish Eyes.
You've got a hell of a nerve to say you came from Ireland,
So cut out all the nonsense and sing McNamara’s Band.”

To tell the truth, I got quite a shock and I didn't know what to say,
So I sang a song in Gaelic. I thought that might win the day.
But they looked at me suspiciously and I didn’t know what was wrong.
Then all of a sudden they started to shout, “Now sing a real Irish song.” CHO.

The next day I was on my way. For Chicago I was bound.
I was ready to give it another try and not let it get me down.
From the stage they looked quite friendly, but I hardly sung one word
When a voice called out from the back of the room, and what do you think I heard? CHO.

Now I’ve travelled all around the country, but it’s always been the same.
From LA to Philadelphia and from Washington to Maine.
But sometimes now I wonder if it’s a secret society.
And it doesn't matter wherever I go they'll be waiting there for me,
Words and music by Robbie O’Connell, 1985.

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