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Thread #28014   Message #346993
Posted By: Bob Bolton
27-Nov-00 - 07:10 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Wedding of Lottie McGrath/Lachlan McGraw
Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: THE WEDDIN' O' LAUCHIE M'GRAW

Wolfgang asked for this and I had best put it into a Lyr Add thread.

Composed and sung by Harry Lauder
Edison Record No. 13785

It's all of a spree I'm going to prattle:
That night I fell in with some curious cattle:
To tell ye the truth, it was liker a battle,
It was, than the weddin' o' Lauchie M'Graw.
There were miners and joiners, and journeyman bakers,
A Hielan' Zulu, and a bundle o' Quakers,
The look on their faces near gave us the shakers,
That nicht o' the weddin' o' Lauchie M'Graw.
Oh, but it was a terrible tare,
Me and mysel' and my mither were there;
May I get mixed up wi' the wheels of a train,
If ever I go to a weddin' again.

We had plenty to eat - we had frost-bitten liver,
As sure as you're her, and as sure as you're never,
The look of the beef nearly gave us the fever,
That nicht o' the weddin' o' Lauchie M'Graw.
The next thing we had was a cart-load of peelin's,
And a big Irish stew that was made in the Hielan's;
And, oh, but the look of it hurted our feelin's,
That nicht o' the weddin' o' Lauchie M'Graw.

All of a sudden, big Donal' McGinty,
With several tailors he kicked up a shinty;
He lifted a poker, and killed about twenty,
That nicht o' the weddin' o' Lauchie M'Graw.
There's no doubt he was in a terrible passion,
With flytin', and bitin', and kickin', and bashin',
There's some o' their faces will never need washin',
Now since the weddin' o' Lauchie M'Graw.

The first one to sing was Hughie O'Hara,
He started, and gave us a verse oh "Ta-ra-ra";
But Hughie's remains were removed in a barrer,
That nicht o' the weddin' o' Lauchie M'Graw.
The next one to sing was a Mrs. McRussell,
She couldn't sing, so she started to whustle,
Then somebody gave her a kick in the bustle,
That nicht o' the weddin' o' Lauchie M'Graw.

The tune was collected from Joe Yates of Sofala by John Meredith in 1983, and is apparently related to the tune used by A.L. Lloyd for his version of the Australian song Bluey Brink.

Listening to Harry Lauder's original tune, as linke din Wolfgang's original thread, it seems that Joe Yate's tune is basically Harry Lauder's - spruced up as a jig tune for dancing.


Bob Bolton

Here is the tune Joe Yates played:

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Bob Bolton

I moved this message here from another thread on the same topic.
-Joe Offer-