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March 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Sláinte chugat : Happy St. Patty's!

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Great stuff from Ireland:
First a poem from Irishman, W.B. Yeats:
The Stolen Child

WHERE dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water rats;
There we’ve hid our faery vats,
Full of berrys
And of reddest stolen cherries.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wave of moonlight glosses
The dim gray sands with light,
Far off by furthest Rosses
We foot it all the night,
Weaving olden dances
Mingling hands and mingling glances
Till the moon has taken flight;
To and fro we leap
And chase the frothy bubbles,
While the world is full of troubles
And anxious in its sleep.

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wandering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes
That scarce could bathe a star,
We seek for slumbering trout
And whispering in their ears
Give them unquiet dreams;
Leaning softly out
From ferns that drop their tears
Over the young streams.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

Away with us he’s going,
The solemn-eyed:
He’ll hear no more the lowing
Of the calves on the warm hillside
Or the kettle on the hob
Sing peace into his breast,
Or see the brown mice bob
Round and round the oatmeal chest.
For he comes, the human child,
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than he can understand.

The Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats, one of my favorite poets of all times…


Now some great music:


Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues

Great music! I saw the Waterboys in some tiny club in Chicago, on tour for this ablum back in about 1989, I believe, with my good friend, Harry,
while I was out in Indiana, attending Purdue University. The show was phenomenal. This is truly amazing music! This particular album includes the musical rendering of Yeat’s Stolen Child which I posted earlier from youtube.


And now a couple of great books:

How the Irish Save Civilization: The Untold Story of the Irish role in the Fall of the Roman Empire and the Rise of Medieval Europe

Beginner’s Gaelic (Hippocrene Beginners Language Series)

Saol fada chugat

./tony

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March 17, 2010 at 10:34 am

Top o' the morning to all ye lads & lassies!

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March 17, 2010 at 5:43 am

Thin Lizzy

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I confess, I’d never really listened to Thin Lizzy, classic Irish rock band, before today…
But, I got engaged in a discussion of the song “Whiskey in the Jar”, on old Irish folk song which they covered, as well as such artists as Jerry Garcia, and Metallica (I posted the Metallica video earlier today).
Well, somebody sent me a link to a youtube video of the Thin Lizzy version.
w0w…
They really were co0l, man…
Gro0ve on this:

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September 20, 2008 at 6:48 pm

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Whiskey in the Jar-o

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You’ve got to love these old Irish folks songs…

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