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Blackbirds and Thrushes

(Trad. Arr. Niamh Parsons)
(From: Blackbirds & Thrushes GL1197 1999)

I was privileged to be asked a couple of years ago to sing with a band called Taxi Mauve, based in Paris. The concert featured a Youth School of Music, a Rock Band, Taxi Maue and myself. The singer at that time was the great Jamie McMenemy – I had been a huge fan of his since his Kornog Days. We duetted on this song, which was arranged by Patrick Desaunay (who also wrote the tune which follows this song on the album) Thanks to Michel Sikiotakis for introducing me to the song and for inviting me to sing.

If all the young ladies were blackbirds and thrushes (2)
Then all the young men would go bating the bushes
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If all the young ladies were ducks on the water (2)
Then all the young men would go swimming in after
Rye fol de dol diddle dol diddle dol day

If all the young ladies were rushes a-growing (2)
Then all the young men would get scythes and go mowing
Rye fol de dol diddle dol diddle dol day

If the ladies were all trout and salmon so lively (2)
Then divil the man would go fishing on Friday
Rye fol de dol diddle dol diddle dol day

If all the young ladies were hares on the mountain (2)
Then men with their hounds would be out without counting
Rye fol de dol diddle dol diddle dol day

 

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