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Johnny Jump Up

  • (Trad / Tadhg Jordan)

    Oh never, oh never, oh never again
    If I live to a hundred or a hundred and ten
    I fell to the ground and I couldn't get up
    After drinking a jar of the Johnny Jump Up

    I'll tell ye a story that happened to me
    One day as I went out to Youghal by the Sea
    The sun it was bright and the day it was warm
    Says I, A quiet pint wouldn't do me no harm
    I went in and I called for a bottle of stout
    Says the barman, I'm sorry all the beer is sold out
    Try whiskey or Paddy, ten years in the wood
    Says I, I'll try cider, I heard it was good

    The next thing I met down in Youghal by the Sea
    Was a cripple on crutches, and says he to me
    I'm afraid o' me life I'll get a belt of a car
    Won't you help me across to the Railwayman's Bar
    After drinkin' a quart of the cider so sweet
    He threw down his crutches and he danced on his feet
    So we ordered two more and a toast we drank up
    To the world's finest doctor, old Johnny Jump Up

    Sure after a while sure I felt well enough
    So says I, Fill another, that cider's great stuff
    After drinking the third, sure I made for the yard
    And I bumped into Brophy, the big Civic Guard
    Come here to me Mac - don't you know I'm the law
    I upped with my fist and I shattered his jaw
    He fell on his back with his toes turned up
    But it wasn't I hit him, 'twas the Johnny Jump Up

    I was brought up in gaol for being drunk on the street
    After two pints of porterI was out on my feet
    Said the guard testing me, Say these word if you can
    'Around the rugged rocks the ragged rascal ran'
    When I managed that fine sure he asked me to state
    that 'I rattled my bottles outside Malachy's gate'
    But the 'British Constitution' fairly bottled me up
    And I got fourteen days without Johnny Jump Up

    I went up the Lee road a friend to see
    They call it the Madhouse in Cork by the Lee
    But when I got up there, I don't like to tell
    They had the poor sod sore tied up in a cell
    Says he, Hello Jordan, to see you I'm glad
    Tell 'em I'm not crazy, tell 'em I'm not mad
    All that I had was a slug from a cup
    Of that lunatic soup they call Johnny Jump Up

    A man died in Cork Union by the name of McNabb
    We washed him and we laid him outside on a slab
    O'Connor came up then his measure to take
    And his wife took him home to a bloody fine wake
    'Twas about twelve o'clock and the beer it was high
    The corpse he jumped up and says he with a sigh
    No I can't get to heaven, they won't let me up
    Till I bring them a jug of th' old Johnny Jump Up

    So come all you young fellows and ladies as well
    Beware of that stuff that they brew in Clonmel
    For God only knows whether you'll wind up
    In a madhouse or gaol after Johnny Jump Up

    (as sung by Jimmy Crowley)

    Youghal, pron. 'Yawl' - coastal town in East Cork

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1977:] Because of the general shortage of materials during the first World War cider was stored in casks which had been used for maturing whiskey. The cider drew the spirit from the wood and the result was 'Johnny' a cider so potent, as the song tells us, that it was a sure ticket to heaven. 'Up the Lee Road' implies much more than it says to Cork people, as the Mental Hospital is situated up there. (Notes Jimmy Crowley, 'The Boys of Fair Hill')

  • [1984:] Came to me from Jimmy Crowley from Cork, who I first heard singing it upstairs in a tent. (Christy Moore Songbook 53)

  • [1998:] During the Hitler war, rations and restrictions were an everyday event. In the best spirit of recycling, Bulmers of Clonmel stowed a new run of cider in old wooden whiskey barrels not realising that a delicious intercourse between the fresh young cider and the slumbering spirit would ensue. This is the original version given to me by its author, Tadhg Jordan of Cork. Another story goes that Tadhg wrote the song to secure the threatened job of a friend who worked for the famous brewery. Sales soared evidently after the success of the song and subsequently the post was saved! (Jimmy Crowley, notes 'Uncorked!')

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