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Dublin In The Rare Old Times (Ryan's Fancy) MIDI, videos
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Raised on songs and stories, heroes of renown,
Ah, the passing tales and glories that once was Dublin town;
The hallowed halls and houses, the haunting children's rhymes,
That once was part of Dublin in the rare old times.

Ring-a-ring-a-rosie as the light declines,
I remember Dublin city in the rare old times.

My name it is Séan Dempsey, as Dublin as can be,
Born hard and late in Pimlico, in a house that ceased to be;
By trade I was a cooper, lost out to redundancy,
Like my house that fell to progress, my trade to memory.

I courted Peggy Diegnan, as pretty as you please,
Oh, the rogue and a child of Mary from the rebel Liberty;
I lost her to a student lad, with skin as black as coal,
When he took her off to Birmingham, she took away my soul.

Ring-a-ring-a-rosie as the light declines,
I remember Dublin city in the rare old times.

Ah, the years have made me bitter, the drink has dimmed my brain,
For Dublin keeps on changing, oh, nothing seems the same;
The Metropole and Pillar are gone, the Royal long since pulled down,
As the gray unyielding concrete makes a city of my town.

Farewell, Anna Liffey, I can no longer stay,
And watch the new glass cages that rise up along the quay;
My mind's too full of memories, too old to hear new chimes,
I'm a part of what was Dublin, in the rare old times.

Ring-a-ring-a-rosie as the light declines,
I remember Dublin city in the rare old times.
So, ring-a-ring-a-rosie as the light declines,
I remember Dublin city in the rare old times.

####.... Written by Pete St John (real name Peter Mooney) - native of Dublin, Ireland, folk singer and prolific composer of widely sung modern ballads for the Dublin City Ramblers (Rare Ould Times, trk#7, 1980, Dolphin LP, DOLM 5025) ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Irish Love Songs, trk#5, 1982, Boot Records, Mississauga, Ontario).

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From Wikipedia:
Metropole - neoclassical building built out of the ruins of the Hotel Metropole which suffered badly during the Easter Rising of 1916. The building included a cinema and a ballroom, as well as a couple of bars and a restaurant. The Met closed 11 March 1972 and the building was sold to British Home Stores who demolished it. The replacement was a modern block.
Pillar - The Nelson Pillar, known locally as Nelson's Pillar or simply The Pillar, was a large granite pillar topped by a statue of Horatio Nelson in the middle of O'Connell Street (formerly Sackville Street) in Dublin. It was built in 1808-1809 and was among the first and grandest monuments erected in memory of Nelson in the then United Kingdom. It survived until March 1966 when it was destroyed by a bomb planted by Irish republicans. Today the Spire of Dublin stands on its former ground.
River Liffey - also known as Anna Liffey, flows through the centre of Dublin, Ireland.
The Royal, Dublin - the fourth Theatre Royal opened on 23 September 1935 in Hawkins Street. It was a large art deco building designed for an audience of 3,700 people seated and 300 standing and was intended for use as both theatre and cinema. It also housed the Regal Rooms Restaurant (converted into a cinema in 1938). The theatre had a resident 25-piece orchestra under the direction of Jimmy Campbell and a troupe of singer-dancers, the Royalettes. From the beginning, the sheer size of the building made it difficult for the Royal to remain economically viable. The fourth Theatre Royal, Dublin closed its doors on 30 June 1962. The building was subsequently demolished and replaced by a twelve-storey office block, Hawkins House, headquarters of Ireland's Department of Health.

The video below features a variant recorded as Rare Old Times by Harry Hibbs (A Musical Tour Of Ireland, trk#7, 1982 LP, produced by Marty Hibbs, Fantasia Records And Tapes, Mississauga, Ontario).


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#1853 YouTube video by quickaccent2006 ©2011
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The video below features a recording by The Dubliners.

#338 YouTube video by darrin42 ©2007
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[C] Raised on songs and [F] stories, [C] he-[Am] roes of [F] renown,
The [C] passing [Em] tales and [F] glories, that [G] once was Dublin town;
The [C] hallowed [F] halls and [C] houses, the [Am] haunting children's [F] rhymes,
That [C] once was [Em] Dublin city [F] in the [G7] rare ould [C] times.


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