Limerick Rake (The)

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LIMERICK RAKE, THE (Fágaimíd siúd mar atá sé). Irish, Double Jig. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). Ewan McColl wrote the song "Champion at Keepin' 'em Rollin'" to this tune, parodied by Ian Robb and others. The melody originally was called "Caitin Ban (An)," and was also used for "Galbally Farmer (The)." The words below are from a 19th century broadside ballad sheet.

I am a young fellow that's easy and bold,
In Castletown corners I'm very well known,
In Newcastle West I spent many a note,
With Kitty and Judy and Mary;
My father rebuked me for being such a rake,
And spending my timein such frolicsome ways,
But I ne'er could forget the good nature of Jane,
Agus fagaimid siud mar ata se.

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Recorded sources: Green Linnet GLCD 1010, Mick Moloney & Joe McKenna) - "Mick Moloney & Eugene O'Donnell" (1978)




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