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Lyr Req: McShane (Finbar & Eddie Furey)

23 Mar 01 - 07:18 AM (#423915)
Subject: mcshane by finbar &furey
From: GUEST,

i need the lyrics for mcshane

23 Mar 01 - 01:55 PM (#424299)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcshane by finbar &furey
From: Quincy

No luck yet but still trying..


23 Mar 01 - 02:20 PM (#424324)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcshane by finbar &furey
From: Maryrrf

This is a coincidence. I was about to post a request for these lyrics, too. If I get a chance this weekend I will try to transcribe it from the CD. I think I can understand everything. It's a great song I'd never heard before - lively and fun. I think it would go over well at a pub and would be a nice change from the "standards"! I just picked up their double CD collection with some great piping (check out "The Foxhunt" where the pipes mimic the whole story of the foxhunt. Also "Leezy Lindsay", "The Pricklie Bush" and a great one I'd never heard before "Sweet Carnlough Bay". I was pleased with the purchase!

12 Sep 01 - 06:37 PM (#548430)
Subject: Lyr Add: MCSHANE
From: Roughyed

Oh my name is McShane from the plains of Kildare
I've travelled this country for many a year
Till I took a notion all on a promotion
To travel to England the harvest to shear

CHORUS Run too ra la, run too ra laddy
Run too ra la Musha run too ra lay

I landed in Dunfermline one fine summers evening
My bundle and pack I had them in my hand
There was some of them chaffing and some of them laughing
And most of them trying to put Paddy away

I went in to a woman and asked for a lodging
She instantly showed me a bed in a room
And I being so tired and weary from walking
Threw myself down on that bed in a room

But a lump of a beggar lay up in a corner
He swore that he'd fight and kill all that was there
Says I me bold beggar give over your bragging
I'm bold McShane from the plains of Kildare

He jumped up and hit me a punch in the stomach
I instantly fetched him a one in the throat
I knocked that old beggar arse over his elbow
Stuffed all his head in an old rusty pot

Well he lay on the floor like a pig he was bleeding
I swore that I'd cut off all of his life
But I lifted him up and sent down for a noggin
Me and the beggar we ended the strife


I hope the line breaks work. I read the instructions on posting but i'm a bit pissed. This is a great song to sing - if a bit violent! I suspect it's a music hall song, it has that feel to me but I haven't researched it. I used to introduce it by saying that McShane might have been great fighter but he didn't have a great sense of geography, he sets out to England and ends up in Dunfermline in Scotland.

I think the bit about 'trying to put Paddy away' might refer to the violence that was meted out to Irish people in 19th century Scotland. Apparently 'Hunt the Paddy' was a pastime in Glasgow when an innocent Irishman was pursued down the alleyways and beaten up. Coapare and contrast with Erin go Brach - another great song.

Sorry I missed the original thread but better late than never eh? (And don't do what I did on television and sing 'I went into a lodging and asked for a woman)

12 Sep 01 - 06:49 PM (#548443)
Subject: ADD: McShane
From: wysiwyg

Great song!


13 Sep 01 - 04:38 AM (#548741)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcshane by finbar &furey
From: Wolfgang

Old thread on that song with slightly different lyrics. Why this thread doesn't show in a forum search remains a puzzle to me.


13 Sep 01 - 11:32 AM (#548916)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcshane by finbar &furey
From: Maryrrf

Yeah, I thought I'd posted those lyrics. They're in the other thread along with Wolfgang's spot on corrections. I concurr with everyone that it is a really great song and I love singing it! I'm surprised it isn't more popular than it is.

13 Sep 01 - 04:53 PM (#549187)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcshane by finbar &furey
From: Kernow John

oesanyone havethe tune to post?

13 Sep 01 - 04:55 PM (#549190)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: mcshane by finbar &furey
From: Kernow John

I am sober honest!