#00364
The Orange And The Green (The Killicks) video
#785 YouTube video by threelegsoman ©2009
~ Used with permission ~

Oh, it is the biggest mix-up that you have ever seen,
Me father, he was Orange, and me mother, she was Green.

Baptised by Father Riley, I was rushed away by car,
To be made a little Orange man, my father's shining star;
I was christened David Anthony but still in spite of that,
To my father, I was William, and to mother I was Pat.

Oh, it is the biggest mix-up that you have ever seen,
Me father, he was Orange, and me mother, she was Green.

With me mother every Sunday, to Mass I'd proudly stroll,
Then after that the Orange Lodge would try to save my soul;
Both sides tried to claim me, but I was smart because
I'd play the flute or play the harp, depends on where I was.

Oh, it is the biggest mix-up that you have ever seen,
Me father, he was Orange, and me mother, she was Green.

One day me mom's relations came 'round to visit me,
Just as me father's kinfolk Were all sittin' down to tea;
We tried to smooth things over, but they all began to fight,
And me being strictly neutral, I bashed everyone in sight.

Oh, it is the biggest mix-up that you have ever seen,
Me father, he was Orange, and me mother, she was Green.

Now, me parents never could agree about me type of school,
Me learning was all done at home, that's why I'm such a fool;
They both passed on, God rest them, but they left me caught between,
That awful color problem of the Orange and the Green.

Oh, it is the biggest mix-up that you have ever seen,
Me father, he was Orange, and me mother, she was Green.

Yes, it is the biggest mix-up that you have ever seen,
Me father, he was Orange, and me mother, she was Green.

####.... Parody of Wearing Of The Green by Anthony Murphy of Huyton, Liverpool, England, who regularly performed this song live at the Wash House Folk Club in Liverpool, c.1960 ....####
This variant was arranged by The Killicks of Grand Falls-Windsor, NL.

A variant was arranged and recorded by The Irish Rovers (The Unicorn, 1967, Decca LP trk#A.03) which began with an additional verse as follows:

Oh, my father was an Ulster man, proud Protestant was he,
My mother was a Catholic girl, from county Cork was she;
They were married in two churches, lived happily enough,
Until the day that I was born, and things got rather tough.

The video above features an excellent guitar performance of the Irish Rovers' variant with the above additional verse by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.


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