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Whiskey On A Sunday (Irish Rovers) MIDI, video
See also: Whisky On A Sunday (Glyn Hughes)
#1986: YouTube video by gdgest ©2012
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Come day, go day,
Wish in me heart it was Sunday;
Drinking buttermilk through the week,
Whiskey on a Sunday.

He sits on the corner of old Beggar's Bush,
On top of an old packing case;
He's three wooden dolls that can dance and can sing,
And he croons with a smile on his face.

Come day, go day,
Wish in me heart it was Sunday;
Drinking buttermilk through the week,
Whiskey on a Sunday.

His tired old hands pull away at the strings,
And the puppets they dance up and down;
A far better show than you ever will see,
At the fanciest theatre in town.

Come day, go day,
Wish in me heart it was Sunday;
Drinking buttermilk through the week,
Whiskey on a Sunday.

I'm sad to relate that old Seth Davy died,
In nineteen hundred and four;
The three wooden dolls in the dustbin were laid,
His songs will be heard nevermore.

Come day, go day,
Wish in me heart it was Sunday;
Drinking buttermilk through the week,
Whiskey on a Sunday.

On some stormy night when you're passing that way,
With the winds blowing up from the sea;
You'll still hear the song of old Seth Davy,
As he croons to his dancing dolls three.

Come day, go day,
Wish in me heart it was Sunday;
Drinking buttermilk through the week,
Whiskey on a Sunday.

Come day, go day,
Wish in me heart it was Sunday;
Drinking buttermilk through the week,
Whiskey on a Sunday.

####.... Glyn Hughes [1932-1972] of Liverpool, England (c.1959) ....####
The above lyrics were arranged and recorded by The Irish Rovers (All Hung Up, trk#1, 1968, MCA-Decca Records).

See more songs by the Irish Rovers.

The video above features a variant recorded by The Four Ways [1966-1978] with Joan Harvey, lead vocalist, Ron Hicks, bass guitar, Brian Small, drummer, and Rod Rumble, lead guitar. (Gettin' Around, trk#6, 1974 LP, Boot Records, Toronto, Ontario, nominated for a Juno Award as country group of the year 1976).

Notes gleaned from the memories of Rhonda Hicks - tinyd.net/fourways.html
Joan Harvey and Ron Hicks were friends with the Irish Rovers when they first migrated from Australia and lived for a time in Vancouver. A number of the band members attended their wedding. After migrating to Vancouver and then Toronto, Australians Ron Hicks and his wife Joan Harvey, along with their daughter Rhonda moved to St John's NL, shortly after their only album was released in 1974. The band performed for NTV Television in 1975, and Ron wrote a music column for The Newfoundland Herald until 1977. The family managed a converted lighthouse on the St John's waterfront with a floor for private parties, a floor for a bar called the Anchor Pub, and the first floor for the Galley Restaurant. The band performed their last gig at the light on New Year's Eve, 1978. In 1979, Ron Hicks stayed in St John's to manage the The Rose And Thistle, a small pub with a yellow awning on Water Street, while Joan and Rhonda moved to Toronto. The couple reunited in the mid-90s for a gala at the Arts and Culture Center in St John's where they were backed by Alan Doyle on guitar who was just getting started with the band Great Big Sea. Ron eventually returned to Australia where he passed away following a stroke in 2008.

A variant was arranged and recorded by Sons of Erin (Pleasant And Delightful, trk#2, c.1980, engineered by Clode Sound Studios, Stephenville, NL).

A variant was also recorded as Seth Davey by The Spinners on a 45 single as trk#A1, with All For Me Grog as trk#B1, Fontane Records, UK, 1966).



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