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Patrick Street

  • (Trad)

    You sailors all come lend an ear and listen to my song
    It's of a trick was played on me and it won't detain you long
    I came home from sea the other day and a girl I chanced to meet
    And she's asked me up along with her to dance in Patrick Street

    Says I, My pretty fair maid, I cannot dance too well
    Besides I'm bound for Newry town where my parents they do dwell
    I've been at sea these last few years and I've saved up fifty pounds
    And my parents are expecting me tonight in Newry town

    Since you cannot dance too well then you can have a treat
    You can have a glass of brandy and something nice to eat
    At nine o'clock this evening I'll leave you to your train
    And don't forget to call on me when you come back again

    She seemed to be so friendly I went and hired a car
    We both went down to Patrick Street and on arrival there
    The people on the other side, I thought I heard them say
    He'll sure be in need of a jaunting car before he gets away

    We had not been long in the room when whiskey it came in
    And when everyone had had their fill the dancing did begin
    Me and my love we danced around all to a merry tune
    While the other couples did the double shuffle round the room

    And when dancing it was over for bed we did prepare
    And after that I fell asleep, the truth I will declare
    My darling and my fifty pounds, my gold and all had fled
    And there was I myself alone, stark naked lying in bed

    In gazing all around me nothing could I spy
    But a woman's skirt and jumper at the foot of the bed did lie
    I wrung my hands and tore my hair crying, O what will I do
    O fare thee well, sweet Newry town, I'm sure I'll never see you

    And when nighttime it was come again and daylight was away
    I put on the skirt and jumper and set off for the quay
    And when I went on board the ship all sailors they did say
    O Jack has grown much prettier since last she went away

    Is this the new spring fashion that you went to buy on shore
    And where's the shop that sells them, do you think they may have more
    The Captain says, Now Jack, I thought you were for Newry town
    You might have bought a better suit than that for fifty pounds

    I might have bought a better suit if I had had the chance
    I met a girl in High Street, she's asked me to a dance
    I danced my own destruction and I've done it so complete
    That I vow I'll never go back again and dance in Patrick Street

    Come all of you young sailor boys, a warning take by me
    And always keep good company when you go on a spree
    Be sure to stay clear of Patrick Street or else you'll rue the day
    In a woman's skirt and jumper they will ship you back to sea

    (as sung by Andy Irvine & Patrick Street)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1930:] There is also that strange but famous vehicle, known to the English as a 'jaunting-car', but called in Ireland an 'outside-car'. I imagine that the outside-car is to Dublin what the few remaining hansom cabs are to London - a sentimental refuge for Americans. (Morton, Ireland 7)

  • [1986:] Nearly every town in Ireland has a Patrick Street. In Cork, for instance, Patrick Street is the main street of that fine city. By contrast Dublin's Patrick Street is a short street in the old part of Ireland's capital. It runs by St. Patrick's Cathedral near where St. Patrick is thought to have converted Dubliners to Christianity. (Notes 'Patrick Street')

Quelle: Ireland

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