Wednesday, May 19, 2010

FACEBOOK

It's official, I finally have Facebook.
Thusly, I am not going to be spending much (if any) time on Blogger now. I may still comment occasionally, and I might even post, but for the most part, I will be using Facebook as my social networking site now.
Thanks to everyone who followed and commented on my blog, I am gonna leave it up in case things change, but I will understand if you stop following. Take care, one and all, I hope I eventually get to a point in my life where I can use both Blogger AND Facebook, but that time is not now.

Slainte Vhar!

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Parting Glass

Ok, so the next Trad Irish song, been awhile since I posted, so I figured I'd post this until something INTERESTING happens.

This one is the only one so far that I have not even begun to memorize, as I only found it recently. That is soon to change however, as I LOVE THIS SONG, and want it played at my Funeral :)

You can listen to a FANTASTIC version here. Seriously, I cannot reccomend this song highly enough to someone who likes Irish music, Bagpipes, or even music of any kind! LISTEN TO IT!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDB87o-njFQ&feature=related

These are the exact same lyrics as in the video, and if you followed my advice and listened to the FANTABULOUS SONG, you will note that they do not come in until about halfway through. Also, there are a few lines of Gaelic just before the actual lyrics,I have searched long and hard for the translation, and simply cannot FIND them. My Gaelic is not yet up to scratch either, so I dunno what they say. Sorry :(

The Parting Glass
Trad. Irish song
From "Waking Ned Devine" soundtrack
arr. by Shaun Davey, sung by Liam O'Maunlai.

All the money that e'er I had
I spent it in good company
And all the harm I've ever done
Alas,It was to none but me

And all I've done for want of wit
To memory now,I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Goodnight and joy be to you all!

Fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate'er befalls
Then gently rise and softly call
Goodnight and joy be to you all!

Of all the comrades that e'er I had
They're sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e'er I had
They'd wish me one more day to stay.

Since it fell into my lot
that I should rise,and you should not
I'll gently rise and softly call
Goodnight and joy be to you all!

But since it fell into my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I'll gently rise and softly call
Goodnight and joy be to you all!

So fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate'er befalls
Then gently rise and softly call
Goodnight and joy be to you all!

Only song so far that brings tears to my eyes, both happy and sad.
Don't ya'll worry, I'll return to my ususal crazy scary self next post :)
Maybe....

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Poll Results

Well, I am planning to put up some more polls sometime soon, but in order to keep the blog sidebar from becoming clogged with them, I decided to delete the old ones first, but because they showed such INTERESTING things about the few readers I have, I ALSO decided to immortalize them in an epic post talking about the results.

So! The result of the Critters poll!

Love em!

9 (75%)

Hate em!

0 (0%)

Meh, don't care.

1 (8%)

I like some.

2 (16%)

I think can all safely agree that people like critters, 9 out of 12 voters LOVED EM, and 2 out of 12 said they liked at least a few, with one one not really caring, and none hating them. A clear win for the critters, and therfore everyone involved =D

For the whistle poll:

Overton

3 (60%)

Shaw

0 (0%)
Chieftan

0 (0%)
Susato

2 (40%)

Generation

0 (0%)
Feadog

2 (40%)

Oak

0 (0%)
Walton

0 (0%)
Clarke

1 (20%)

Handmade

3 (60%)

Other

1 (20%)

Ok, so this one and the Coolest poll are both kinda hard to explain, I enabled peoples to vote for more than one thing for both of them, so all I can say for this one is that Overton tied with Handmade, (Both are actually handmade, but Overton is a brand-name, wheras for handmade I was mainly thinking HOMEmade)

The Coolest poll! Same as before, all I can say is WHAT THE HECK? NO ONE liked trick roping? Ah well, at least writing and swordfighting were first and second.

Swordfighting

9 (75%)

Pennywhistles

5 (41%)

Trenchcoats

3 (25%)

Trick Roping

0 (0%)
Geeking

1 (8%)

Speed Reading

4 (33%)

Bagpipes

3 (25%)

Woodcarving

5 (41%)

Metal Working

2 (16%)

Wilderness Stuff

4 (33%)

Hunting

3 (25%)

Rock Hounding

3 (25%)

Writing

11 (91%)

Does Einar post often enough? KUDOS to those of you who said Yes Sir! And for those who think my polls are frustrating, well.....go....vote on the NEW and IMPROVED Polls! Less frustration per question!

Yes Sir!

4 (30%)

Always!

0 (0%)

Of course!

0 (0%)

Yes, but his polls are frustrating

9 (69%

WHO?!?! FIVE people voted on a poll when they didn't even know the blog's owner! HAH!

And since those who did not think me scary enough outnumbered those who did by one vote, I shall BE MORE SCARY! Sorry for those who had to change their pants. maybe you should watch The Village to toughen yer nerves.

Who?

5 (26%)

Nah

7 (36%)

Yes!

1 (5%)

Excuse me, I have to go change.....

6 (31%)

WHOOT! Gaelic had as many votes as the rest put together! ERIN GO BRAGH!!!
Whoever voted for french had better HIDE. I have a piece of cheese with yer name on it...

Gaelic

9 (50%)

Spanish

4 (22%)

Latin

1 (5%)

Greek

0 (0%)
HTML

3 (16%)

French

1 (5%)

Old English

0 (0%)
German

0 (0%)
Dutch

0 (0%)

Thats it! Polls are goin down, new ones will replace them! Have a nice Easter everybody!

Oh, and I am quite dismayed to report that we are now a socialist country, the healthcare bill was passed at 11:00 tonight. Pray for the USA. The end times are coming with the fall of the last free nation on earth.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Foggy Dew!

Ok, so this is the only song so far that I don't actually have compltely memorized, I am still having trouble with two of the middle verses, but I should have it down pretty soon!

A superb version of the song played by the Dubliners here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjnOp3IBqMI&feature=related

An interesting fact I have noticed about this song is that many bands omit the last verses, ending the song with "Bore the fight, that Freedom's light, might shine through the foggy dew."

I do not understand this in the least, my favorite verse of the entire song is the last one, "But to and fro in my dreams I go and I'd kneel and pray for you, For slavery fled, O glorious dead, When you fell in the foggy dew."


Ah well, plenty of bands sing it the way I like, and although the Dubliners sing it wonderfully, I would have to say that my favorite version would be the one done by Celtic Cross, it's use of the the banjo and fiddle to liven the song up is simply phenomenal. Buy it from iTunes if you have a spare buck and like that sort of music, you won't regret it!

Here are the lyrics.

As down the glen one Easter morn to a city fair rode I
There Armed lines of marching men in squadrons passed me by
No fife did hum nor battle drum did sound it's dread tatoo
But the Angelus bell o'er the Liffey swell rang out through the foggy dew

Right proudly high over Dublin Town they hung out the flag of war
'Twas better to die 'neath an Irish sky than at Sulva or Sud El Bar
And from the plains of Royal Meath strong men came hurrying through
While Britannia's Huns, with their long range guns sailed in through the foggy dew

'Twas Britannia bade our Wild Geese go that small nations might be free
But their lonely graves are by Sulva's waves or the shore of the Great North Sea
Oh, had they died by Pearse's side or fought with Cathal Brugha
Their names we will keep where the fenians sleep 'neath the shroud of the foggy dew

But the bravest fell, and the requiem bell rang mournfully and clear
For those who died that Eastertide in the springing of the year
And the world did gaze, in deep amaze, at those fearless men, but few
Who bore the fight that freedom's light might shine through the foggy dew

Ah, back through the glen I rode again and my heart with grief was sore
For I parted then with valiant men whom I never shall see more
But to and fro in my dreams I go and I'd kneel and pray for you,
For slavery fled, O glorious dead, When you fell in the foggy dew.


Next up, The Rocky Road to Dublin, another that I have only partly memorized, in part due to the speed with which one must shout out the unfamiliar words, then we will try some more obscure songs that while not as well known, are just as fun!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Saint Paddy's Day!

Happy Saint Paddy's day yo all me loyal followers!

GO CHASE A LEPRECHAUN!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Daylight Savings Time

I *HATE* Daylight Savings Time. 'Nuff said.

The Foggy Dew lyrics comin soon! First song I have only partially memorized.

Friday, March 12, 2010

iTunes Tag

I noticed that this tag has no first question, what gives?
Anyways, I don't talk about the music I like much on here, so this should give you an idea of what my iTunes playlist on shuffel looks like.
If you do this tag, just set your iPod/MP3 player on shuffel, and put in the songs that come up as the answer to the questions, starting with the first one.
I tag, J.Shelly, Bethany...aww what the heck, anyone who wants to do it do it alright?


2. If Someone asked you "is this okay?" you say,
Dawn, by Kenta Nagata, Hajime Wakai, Toru Minegishi, and Koji Kondo, on The Legend of Zelda ~Takt of Wind~ Original Sound Tracks
(Not ALWAYS, but ususally:)


3. What would describe your personality?
Take it All, by Third Day, on their Revelation Album
(Pretty accurate)


4. What do you like in a guy or girl?
Riverdance, by Bill Whelan, from the Riverdance Show
(She must know how to clog! Just kidding:)


5. What is your life's purpose?
The Dusty Miller, by The Chieftains, on Water in the Well
(Sometimes it FEELS like it)


6. What is your motto?
When A Felon's Not Engaged In His Emplo, by Pirates of Penzance, I do not know what album.
(Yeah, as funny as that sounds, I actually hate the thought of breaking any law or rule:P A funny coincidence though)


7. What do your friends think of you?
Alley ooP, by Ray Stevens, on Guitarzan
(I am dismayed to be compared to a funnies character, NOT!)


8. What do you think about very often?
Crystal Tears, by Scot Williams, on Wedding Songs
(Techno song that has nothin to do with weddings, I dunno why the album is called that)


9. What is 2+2?
The Road to Durham, by Altan, on Horse with a Heart
(Some would say EVERYTHING leads to Durham eventually)


10. What do you think of your best friend?
Con Cassidy's-Neil Gow's Highland-Moll and Tiarna-McSweeney's, again by Altan, on their Live album
(Long name, great song, same as me friend:)


11. What do you think of the person you like?
Queen Rutela, by Koji Kondo, on the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess soundtrack
(No commment, interesting that that one came up fer that question though)



12. What is your life story?
Argyll Broadswords, by one of sevral unknown artists, on The Best of Scottish Pipes & Drums
(How perfect, a bagpipe song with broadsword in the name:)



13. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Hey Johnny Cope, by Alex Beaton, on 20 Hits of Scotland
(FAIL, Johnny cope was AFRAID of th' pipes)



14. What do you think of when you see the person you like?
The Voice, by Celtic Women, on A New Journey
(O.O)


15. What do your parents think of you?
Bo Mhin Na Toitean/Con McGinley's Highland/Seanamhach Tube Station, by Altan, on their Local Ground Album
(Totally random set of Reels, quite accurate)

16. What will you dance to at your wedding?
Con Cassidy's And Neil Gow's Highlands/Moll And Tiarna/McSweeney's Reels by Altan, on Horse with a Heart
(Great dancing reels, CLOGGING FTW!)


17. What will they play at your funeral?
Prelude to Act 1 of "Lohengrin (LP Version)by an unknown artist on the More of the Most Romantic Classical Music in the Universe album
(This one SCARED me, REALLY pretty slow SAD song, perfect for a funeral, I would much prefer "Lift a Parting Glass" however.


18. What do you think of your friends?
Gweebarra Bridge (Medley), by Altan, on The Blue Idol
(Good fit, if you have ever heard the song, don't ask me how)


19. What is your biggest secret?
Drowsy Maggie - Rakish Paddy - Harvest Storm, by Altan, on their Best of Altan Album
(More reels, I have a LOT of Altan, GREAT band)



20. What is the worst thing that could happen to you?
'Stor, A Stor, A Ghra, by Altan, on their Blackwater Album
(This is a song (In Gaelic mind you, I have read the English translation) about a wee lass who used to be the fancy of every man's eye, but played coy till she was so old no one wanted her, I dunno how to make this one fit;P )



21. How will you die?
Kakariko is Safe, by Koji Kondo, on the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess soundtrack
(When you hear this song in the game, you have just rescued a young boy from some NASTY monsters who were usin his unconscious body as a banner. It's a hard fight though, and you get hurt pretty bad. This would be a fine way to die in my thinking:)



22. What is the one thing you regret?
Zora's Domain, by Koji Kondo, on the The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess soundtrack
(I REGRET EVER MEETING RUTO AAAAAHHHHHHH!!! Joke that only people who played Ocarina of Time will understand)



23. What makes you laugh?
Highland Cathedral, by The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, on Spirit of the Glen
(VERY cheerful song, really does make me want to laugh)


24. What makes you cry?
Sonata For Cello & Piano In G Minor- by Rachmaninoff
(Caoineadh Cu Chulainn on the Union Pipes by Davy Spillane would have been better, but this is a nice sad song too)



25. Will you ever get married?
The Darling, by Chris Norman Ensemble, on The Caledonian Flute
(O.o This is actually just a flute song, not what it sounds like. By the way, I got to meet and talk to this fella, real nice guy, let me try his very high quality wooden Irish whistle)


26. What scares you the most?
Morrisons's Jig V1, by ********* on ***********
(This is ironically a recording I made of me and my siblings playing our Irish instruments, which is why the names are censored, NO STALKERS!)


27. Does anyone like you?
My Grandma, by Kenta Nagata, Hajime Wakai, Toru Minegishi, Koji Kondo, on The Legend of Zelda ~Takt of Wind~ Original Sound Tracks
(This is just weird)



28. If you could go back in time and change one thing?
Child Of Magik, by various artists, on Tapestries: Celtic Dawn
(I WOULD START READING FANTASY AT A YOUNGER AGE!!!)



29. What hurts right now?
The Wedding Jig/Hiudai Gallagher's March/James Byrne's/Mickey Doherty's/Welcome Home Grainn, by (you guessed it!) Altan, on their album, The Red Crow
(More reels, I am terrible at playing reels...)




30. What will you post this as?
Vivaldi's Rain, by Celtic Women, on A New Journey
(Weird ending)

Well there ya go, I did it, and you now have a look into my collection of incredibly old-fashioned songs :)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

GAELIC STORM

So guess what? My Dad managed to completely blindside me with my first big surprise in AGES. He took me to DC to see my grandparents, and then on the pretense of going to Old Town Alexandria to look for some sessions to play in, took me instead to Birchmere, a famous Concert Hall slash restaurant.

And you will never guess who was performing there.

Gaelic Storm. LIVE. Tickets were only $35 per person.

BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE.

Oh man it was so great! I can’t possibly explain how cool it was to see some of my favorite artists performing live. I enjoyed nearly all the songs (One had more than few obscenities in it, which bothered me) got to see BOTH types of bagpipes played MAGNIFICENTLY, and was able to talk to the artists later!

Pat Murphy seemed a little brusque to me, but the other musicians were friendly as anyone I’ve met! Jessie in particular (The fiddle player) was very sweet. They all signed my whistle bag fer me (Pat Murphy said it was the first time he has ever signed such an article) and we bought several fine T-Shirts, adorned by bottles, snails, and the new awesomely-cool Gaelic Storm Logo.

Me gots a black shirt with a green snail, the GS logo, and the words “Don’t go fer ‘th one!” on the back. EPIC!

I will be asking my dear parents if I can post some of the pictures and videos we took here on the blog, stay tuned!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

FIRE Video

Blogger is frustrating, I had to revert my post editor back to the OLDER version in order to upload a video, what's up with that?

Anyways, here is me playing with fire:)

video

Friday, February 26, 2010

New Songs on Playlist

Dun Dun DUNNNNN!!!!! The autoplay has returned, but I put the gadget near the top so you could turn it off easy, 'cause I'm so niiiiice....

Don't pre-judge the Zelda songs, they are some of the best I have ever heard, although those particular renditions are not my favorite.


I had a cool video of my shooting fire from my fingers, but I could not figure out how to upload it...oh well...
Anyone who knows how, I would appreciate help, I do not appear to have the full number of options that most blogger users do, I dunno why.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Alba Go Bragh!!!

Alright! A tune from Scotland this time!

Cope sent a challenge fae Dunbar
"Charlie meet me on hin daur
I'll learn ye the airt o' war
If ye meet me in the mornin'"

Hey Johnny Cope are ye wauken yet?
Or are your drums a-beatin' yet?
If ye were wauken I wad wait
Tae gang tae the cauls in the mornin'

When Charlie looked the letter upon
He drew his sword its scabbard from
"Come follow me my merry men
And we'll meet Johnny Cope in the mornin'"

Hey Johnny Cope are ye wauken yet?
Or are your drums a-beatin' yet?
If ye were wauken I wad wait
Tae gang tae the cauls in the mornin'

"Now Johnny be as good as your word
And let us try baith fire and sword
And dinnae flee like a frightened bird
That's chased fae it's nest in the mornin'"

Hey Johnny Cope are ye wauken yet?
Or are your drums a-beatin' yet?
If ye were wauken I wad wait
Tae gang tae the cauls in the mornin'

When Johnny Cope he heard o' this
He taut it wouldna' be amiss
Tae have a horse in readiness
Tae flee awa' in the mornin'"

Hey Johnny Cope are ye wauken yet?
Or are your drums a-beatin' yet?
If ye were wauken I wad wait
Tae gang tae the cauls in the mornin'

"Fie now Johnny get up and rin'
The Highland bagpipes mak' a din
'Tis best tae sleep in a hale skin
Fer it'll be a bloody mornin'"

Hey Johnny Cope are ye wauken yet?
Or are your drums a-beatin' yet?
If ye were wauken I wad wait
Tae gang tae the cauls in the mornin'

When Johnny Cope tae Dunbar came
They spiered at him "Whaur's a' yer men?"
"The de'il confound me, gin ah ken,
Fer I left them all in the mornin'"

Hey Johnny Cope are ye wauken yet?
Or are your drums a-beatin' yet?
If ye were wauken I wad wait
Tae gang tae the cauls in the mornin'

"Now Johnny troth ye wernae blate
Tae come wi' the news of your ain defeat
An' leave your men in sic' a strait
Sae early in the mornin'"

Hey Johnny Cope are ye wauken yet?
Or are your drums a-beatin' yet?
If ye were wauken I wad wait
Tae gang tae the cauls in the mornin'

"In faith, quo Johnny, I got sic' flegs
Wi' their claymores and philabegs
Gin I face them de'il brak my legs
So I wish you a' good mornin'"

Hey Johnny Cope are ye wauken yet?
Or are your drums a-beatin' yet?
If ye were wauken I wad wait
Tae gang tae the cauls in the mornin'




gin - if
daur - dare
waukin' - awake
chairlie - charlie
thocht - thought
spiered - asked
de'il confoond me gin I ken - the devil confound me if I knew


That last bit is a mini-glossary fer those of you who don't know the more obscure bits of Scottish lingo. I'm not going to bother translating Ye or Fae, or any other obvious ones.

The song can be seen/heard here, although this is not the exact same version as the lyrics posted here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygCQwx8u0d4&feature=related

My Driver's Ed final is tomorrow, so I may not respond to any comments until Saturday. Then again, there may not BE any comments till Saturday, who knows? :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tagged by Gracie

Ok, so I am going to post another song soon, probably this friday, one from Scotland this time, Hey Johnnie Cope, but that is not the point of this post.

I don't do a lot of tags, mostly just the ones I think help give people an idea of who I am, and rather convieniantly, Gracie recently tagged me with this one, which I think helps further that end quite nicely.

BIOLOGY

Are you right-handed or left-handed? I am right handed

Have you ever had anything removed from your body? A cyst on my forhead when I was a baby, and a 1 1/2" splinter from my leg when I was 6.

What is the last heavy item you lifted? Our laser printer, had to take it to the basement.


FOOD-OLGY

What is your salad dressing of choice? Creamy Italian

What is your favorite sit-down restaurant? Outback Steakhouse

What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of it? Red meat, cooked pretty much any way.

What are your pizza toppings of choice? Pepperoni, green peppers, black olives, sausage, cheese, ground beef (or venison), broccoli, ONIONS, and pickled banana peppers.

What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic? Watermelon.



RANDOM-OLOGY

If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? Perhaps, it would doubtless motivate me to try harder at everything.

If you could change your name, what would you change it to? Einar, although I am fairly content with my real name (YOU will never find out! Shame on you fer askin!)

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000? Most Definitely.

DUMB-OLOGY

How many pairs of flip flops do you own? Uh, I have one pair of krogs, but no flip-flops.

Last time you had a run-in with the cops? When I owned them during a training excercise involving paintball guns, long story, but the short of it is that a buddy and I got picked to play terrorists, and ten NC police officer weren't enough to take us down.

Last person you talked to in person? My sister, just now, wanting to borrow my MP3 player to transfer some music to a different computer.

Favorite Month? Probably September, still lots of critters to catch (Or hunt, nomnomnom) but the climate is cold enough I sleep better at night.

CURRENT-OLOGY

Mood? Tired

What are you listening to? Colin's Rescue, from Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess soundtrack

Watching? Nothing, we get the clich├ęd three channels where I live, and I don't much like TV or movies anyway.

Worrying about? The Bible tells us not to worry, but I am concerned and praying for Gracie's Aunt.

RANDOM-OLOGY

What’s the last movie you watched? I....can't remember, I don't watch movies much, the last one I FINISHES was probably Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Do you smile often? Ehh, not lately, unless talking or chatting with friends

Do you always answer your phone? I do not have a phone of my own, but I enjoy answering the family phone, and do so whenever I can

If you could change your eye color what would it be? Green

Do you own a digital camera? Used to have one that used floppy disks, not anymore

Have you ever had a pet fish? Once, a long time ago, a catfish we caught and domesticated.

Favorite Christmas song? I Saw Three Ships, by Blackmore's Night

What’s on your wish list for your birthday? A lot of completely unrelated stuff, black leather fingerless gloves, boots, and a jerkin for my Ren Fest costume, a pair of Starfire Longswords for practicing with, a practice set of Uilleann pipes (Pronounced Ill-en) and a full metal body Clarke D whistle. I doubt I will get any of these though.

Can you do push-ups? I am a ranch hand who practices melee combat with a variety of weapons in his spare time, yes I can do push-ups

Can you do a chin up? See above

Do you have any saved texts? I do not have a phone, therefore I do not text. I do have a few saved chat logs though.

Ever been in a car wreck? I do not believe so

Do you have an accent? I CAN have an accent, normally I sound mildly southern, but I prefer to sound Irish or Scottish. This confuses my friends and new people I meet because they can rarely tell when I am speaking "normal"

What is the last song to make you cry? Most likely Ilia Remembers, also from the Twilight Princess soundtrack

Plans tonight? Driver's Ed ;(

Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom? Yes.

Name 2 things you bought yesterday: I did not buy anything yesterday

You ever been given roses? No, I have given quite a few however, we have a giant rosebush outside our house, and my mother loves to receive a well-arranged bouquet of them

Current hate right now? Trend Micro for messing up my computer's ability to run new programs

Met someone who changed your life? Yes

What were you doing 12 AM last night? Reading Dragonknight, a Christian Fantasy novel by Donita K. Paul

What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? "Wow, I actually slept last night"

TECHNOLOGY

How many televisions are in your house? Three, one old but big one in our den, a tiny but brand-spanking-new one in our dining room, and an ancient and decrepit one in the basement for our Wii and PS2

What color cell phone do you have? *Sigh* If I had a phone, it would probably be black, as it is, I DON'T HAVE A CELL PHONE! GOT IT?

What does the first text message in your inbox say and who sent it? *Headesk*

Who was the last person to call you? Mr. Jones, a family friend.



Remember folks, Hey Johnnie Cope, coming soon! If you like marching tunes about bagpipe-phobic Jacobite generals, stay tuned!

Oh, and I tag Bethany,  Death the Criftonite, J. Shelly, The Cowgirls, and ChristianMiles!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Eireann go Bragh!

Ok, so since there hasn't been a whole lot to post about lately (aside from out electricity going out for while) I am going to start posting the lyrics to some of my favorite Irish or Scottish folk songs for any wannabe celts out there!

Most of these I can sing passably, and they are quite fun to roar at the top of yer lungs whilst doing the dishes or folding laundry, startling all nearby family members and wildlife into submission.


The first, Nell Flaherty's Drake, I like because of the wonderful imagination the singer apparently has for torments to inflict upon his enemy.


Oh my name it is Nell and the truth for to tell
I come from Cootehill which I'll never deny
I had a fine drake and I'd die for his sake
That me grandmother left me and she goin' to die
The dear little fellow his legs they were yellow
He could fly like a swallow or swim like a hake
Till some dirty savage to grease his white cabbage
Most wantonly murdered me beautiful drake

Now his neck it was green almost fit to be seen
He was fit for a queen of the highest degree
His body was white, and it would you delight
He was plump, fat, and heavy and brisk as a bee
He was wholesome and sound, he would weigh twenty pound
And the universe round I would roam for his sake
Bad luck to the robber be he drunk or sober
That murdered Nell Flaherty's beautiful drake

May his spade never dig, may his sow never pig
May each hair in his wig be well trashed with the flail
My his door never latch, may his roof have no thatch
May his turkeys not hatch, may the rats eat his meal
May every old fairy from Cork to Dun Laoghaire
Dip him snug and airy in river or lake
That the eel and the trout they may dine on the snout
Of the monster that murdered Nell Flaherty's drake

May his pig never grunt, may his cat never hunt
May a ghost ever haunt him the dead of the night
May his hens never lay, may his horse never neigh
May his coat fly away like an old paper kite
That the flies and the fleas may the wretch ever tease
May the piercin' March breeze make him shiver and shake
May a lump of the stick raise the bumps fast and quick
On the monster that murdered Nell Flaherty's drake

Well the only good news that I have to infuse
Is that old Paddy Hughes and young Anthony Blake
Also Johnny Dwyer and Corney Maguire
They each have a grandson of my darlin' drake
May treasure have dozens of nephews and cousins
And one I must get or me heart it will break
For to set me mind easy or else I'll run crazy
So ends the whole song of Nell Flaherty's drake!



The song can be heard here: http://free.napster.com/player/?play_id=24897567&type=track

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Busy!

Hmmmm, been awhile since I posted here, going to have to put SOMETHING up soon, despite all my disclaimers.

Been really busy here, lotsa writing mostly, but I am also imensly enjoying Zelda: Twilight Princes for the Wii, which was lent to me by J.Shelly, a friend on blogger and Real Life:)

Right now our family has a cold, so not feeling very good, but hopefully that will change by tommorow, so I can go to HSG.

Oh! And I am starting Drivers Ed next Thursday! So excited to finally be learning, even if I can't afford a Car or Insurance:P