Monday, March 17, 2008

Seven years a-ringin a bell...

Well, you can't be a chicagoan and not post on St Patrick's day...

I love Irish music - here is one of my favorite songs, probably written in the 1600's it is one of the Child ballads, with undertones of incest, infanticide, punishment and forgiveness. This clip happens to be from the film "The Magdalene Sisters", a tremendously powerful story. The funny drum is called a bodhrán...

On the lighter side, there's:


Blogger Miri said...

It's a beautiful performance, but I'm emberased to admit I have no idea what the man is saying. could you possibly translate?

March 18, 2008 7:59 AM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

Huh? He's speakin' English! :)

Too lazy to type what he's saying in this version, but here are some lyrics for this song that I found on the Internet:

The Well Below the Valley

A gentleman was passing by
He asked for a drink as he got dry
At the well below the valley-o
Green grows the lily-o
Right among the bushes-o

"Me cup is full unto the brim
If I were to stoop I might fall in"

"If your true love was passing by
You'd fill him a drink as he got dry"

She swore by grass, she swore by corn
That her true love had never been born

He said "Young maid, you're swearing wrong
For six fine children you had born"

"If you be a man of noble fame
You'll tell to me the father of them"

"There's two of them by your uncle Dan
Another two by your brother John
Another two by your father dear"

"If you be a man of noble esteem
You'll tell to me what did happen to them"

"There's two buried 'neath the stable door
Another two near the kitchen door
Another two buried beneath the wall"

"If you be a man of noble fame
You'll tell to me what will happen to mysel' "

"You'll be seven years a-ringing the bell
You'll be seven more a-porting in hell"

"I'll be seven years a-ringing the bell
But the Lord above may save me soul from porting in hell."

March 18, 2008 8:11 AM  

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