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Leeder Origin: Kerry Recruit (nonsense chorus) (25) Kerry Recruit Chorus 27 Feb 02


The other night I sang "The Kerry Recruit" (a version based on The Dubliners' version) at a singers' circle. Someone asked me what the chorus meant, and I told her it was nonsense, possibly decayed Gaelic, more likely (since it's a stage-Irish song) nonsense meant to sound like Gaelic.

Then I started wondering: could the stage-Irish "Kerry Recruit" be based on an older traditional song (not much older, since it's about the Crimean War -- unless it's a reworking of an older song about a different war)? If so, is the "nonsense" chorus based on an actual, meaningful Gaelic chorus?

Does anyone know about this?


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