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Steve Camas ( 22 Jun 97 - 01:32 AM
Benjamin Hollister ( 23 Jun 97 - 01:16 AM
John 23 Jun 97 - 01:39 AM
Amergin 03 Sep 03 - 08:39 PM
Ella who is Sooze 04 Sep 03 - 03:31 AM
michaelr 04 Sep 03 - 03:12 PM
Marc 04 Sep 03 - 03:23 PM
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Subject: Christy Moore's
From: Steve Camas (
Date: 22 Jun 97 - 01:32 AM

I am tryin to find the words to Christy Moore's "Delirium Tremens" - can anyone help?


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Subject: Lyr Add: DELERIUM TREMENS (Christy Moore)
From: Benjamin Hollister (
Date: 23 Jun 97 - 01:16 AM

Here's the words. We have a set of chords as well, which
sort of work if you are interested.

have Fun



I dreamt a dream the other night, I couldn’t sleep a wink,
The rats were trying to count the sheep, And I was off the drink.
There were footsteps in the parlour And voices on the stairs
And I was climbing up the walls and moving round the chairs
I look out from under me blanket and up at the fireplace,
The Pope and John F. Kennedy were staring in me face
Suddnely it dawned on me, I was getting the old D.T.'s
When the child of Prague began to dance around the mantlepiece.

Goodbye to the Port and Brandy, to the Vodka and the Stag,
To the Schmiddick and the Harpic, the bottle draught and keg.
As I sat lookin' up at the Guinness ad. I could never figure
out how your man stayed up on the surfboard after 14 pints of stout.

Well I swore upon the bible I'd never touch a drop
My heart was palpitatin' I was sure 'twas goin’ to stop,
thinkin’ I was dyin' I gave my soul to God to keep
And a Tenner to St. Anthony to help me get to sleep.
I fell into an awful nightmare and got a dreadful shock
When I dreamt where was no duty-free at the airport down in Knock,
George Seawright was sayin' the rosary and SPUC were on the pill,
Frank Patterson was gargled and singin' Spancil Hill.


I dreamt that Mr. Haughey had recaptured Crossmaglen
then Garret got re-elected and gave it back again.
Dick Spring and Roger Casement were on board the Marita-Ann
as she sailed into Fenit they were singin' Banna Strand,
I dreamt Archbishop McNamara was on Spike Island for 3 nights
havin' been arrested for supportin' travellers rights,
I dreamt that Ruari Quinn was smokin’ marijuana in the Dail
and Barry Desmond handin’ Frenchies out to the scuts in Fianna Fail.


I dreamt of Nell McCafferty and Mary Kenny too
the things that we got up to, but I'm not tellin’ you,
I dreamt I was in a jacussi along with Alice Glenn
'twas then I knew I'd never ever ever drink again.


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Subject: RE: Christy Moore's
From: John
Date: 23 Jun 97 - 01:39 AM

While this has become a signature tune for Christy I believe that he gave up the booze a number of years back for health reasons.

Cheers John

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Subject: RE: Christy Moore's 'Delirium Tremens'
From: Amergin
Date: 03 Sep 03 - 08:39 PM

I was wondering can anyone tell me why there are two versions of this song?

I like the other version a bit better myself....

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Subject: RE: Christy Moore's 'Delirium Tremens'
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 04 Sep 03 - 03:31 AM


There's a book of Christy Moore's songs - it's a fairly old book and may have want you want and more in there!

Over in Ireland you can find it on most music shop shelves, and in some shops in the UK. Probably will find it on Amazon too.


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Subject: RE: Christy Moore's 'Delirium Tremens'
From: michaelr
Date: 04 Sep 03 - 03:12 PM

I remember the last verse as:

"I dreamt I was in a jacuzzi with that whore from Number 10
And THEN I knew I'd never ever ever drink again."


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Subject: RE: Christy Moore's 'Delirium Tremens'
From: Marc
Date: 04 Sep 03 - 03:23 PM

Amergin. The reason for 2 recorded versions is, one is the studio recording the other live. Like many of Christy's story songs they come out a little different each time they're performed. depending on who and what is happening in the news. I'd have given almost anything to hear him do lisdoonvarna at the festival last weekend.

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