July 17, 2007

Irish Folk Songs

My husband has a client that is an Irish folk singer. When I came home from vacation, I found a copy of his client’s CD sitting on the counter for me. His client had sent it home with my husband, so I could listen to it in my car.

It’s great stuff. It has my favorite song on it, “Black Velvet Band”. While not as good as the Dubliners, he is still very good and a pleasure to listen to.

So as I was coming back from the gym today, ‘What Shall we Do with a Drunken Sailor’ came on.

Folks… I think I learned this song in elementary school. I could almost swear to it. Am I the only one who learned it in music class? Early 70s. I think we had a rather unconventional music teacher. I could swear that’s where I learned it.

Of course as he got to the lyric of ‘throw him in the bed with the Captain’s daughter’ I had a flashback. I do believe, I recall, being in one Irish pub in Pensacola, Florida, with many many drunken aviators and having that verse sung to me.


Heh… for your pleasure, Christy Moore and The Dubliners and "The Black Velvet Band”. The video rots, but their voices excellent.

Posted by Boudicca at July 17, 2007 09:32 PM | TrackBack

I remember that song!

Posted by: vw bug at July 18, 2007 05:41 AM

'Drunken Sailor' rings a bell, and I'm sure I've heard this one before as well... it's like a dream you remember from a long time ago... What, is this stuff imprinted on our DNA? ;)

Posted by: pam at July 18, 2007 06:10 AM

I'm very familiar with both of those songs, and I too learned Drunken sailor in grad school.

Posted by: Contagion at July 18, 2007 05:57 PM

What's not to like about Irish folk songs? :)

Posted by: Jody at July 19, 2007 01:11 PM