The Rocky roadway To Dublin

(Written through D.K. Gavan; i ordered it by Brendan Nolan, Gerry O'Neill and Toby Kinsella)

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Key of D minor, an altering to E young in the critical 2 verses. This track is written to the to win of what is referred to as a slip-jig. However, when I'm performing it, it deserve to vary in between a regular jig and a slip-jig. It to be written approximately the middle part of the 1800's through the Galway poet, D.K. Gavan. He created it because that Harry Clifton, an English Musical hall performer. Perhaps this is why the was used in the current movie "Sherlock Holmes" through Robert Downey Jr. The track is played throughout the fight scene and likewise when the credits room rolling at the end. That is the version tape-recorded by Luke Kelly and also the Dubliners which to be my very first introduction to the song back in the early 60's.


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The story comes to the protagonist's adventures together he travel from his home in Tuam, county Galway, in the west that Ireland. He's headed to Liverpool ~ above the west shore of England, probably searching for work.

In the funny month the May, from me home I started i left the girl of Tuam practically broken-hearted Saluted dad dear, i kissed me darlin' mother Drank a pint of beer, me grief and also tears to smother Then turn off to gain the corn, leave wherein I was born I reduced a stout blackthorn, come banish ghosts and also goblins In a brand brand-new pair that brogues, rattlin' o'er the bogs Frightenin' all the dogs, top top the Rocky road to Dublin Chorus: One, two, three, four, five, hunting the hare and turn she under the Rocky road, and all the means to Dublin Whack-fol-lol-de-ra In Mullingar that night, i rested limbs so weary began by daylight, me soul light and also airy take it a drop of the pure, to store me heart from sinkin' That's the Paddy's cure, when e'er he's on because that drinkin' To check out the lassies smile, laughin' all the if in ~ me curious style, 'twould collection your heart a-bubblin' castle ax'd if ns was hired, the salaries I compelled Till i was practically tired, the the Rocky roadway to Dublin In Dublin following arrived, I thought it together a pity To it is in so quickly deprived a see of the fine city Then i took a stroll, all among the quality Me bundle it to be stole, in a neat locality Somethin' overcome me mind, then ns looked behind No bundle can I find, upon me pole a wobblin' Enquirin' for the rogue, they stated me Connaucht brogue Wasn't much in vogue, on the Rocky roadway to Dublin From there I gained away, me spirits never failin' arrived at the quay, simply as the ship was sailin' The captain at me roared, said that no room had actually he once I jumped aboard, a cabin discovered for Paddy Down among the pigs; ns played part funny rigs Danced part hearty jigs, the water 'round me bubblin when off Holyhead, ns wished myself was dead Or far better far instead, ~ above the Rocky road to Dublin The boys of Liverpool, when we safely landing referred to as myself a fool, I can no longer stand that Blood began to boil, temper ns was losin' poor ould Erin's Isle they started abusin' "Hurrah me soul," sez I, me shillelagh ns let fly part Galway boys were by, observed I to be a-hobblin' Then v a loud hurray, authorized in the affray We easily cleared the way, for the Rocky roadway to Dublin