#02433
Fiddler's Green (Denis Ryan) video
See also: Fiddler's Green (John Conolly)
#590: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

As I walked by the dockside one morning so fair,
To view the salt water and take the salt air,
I heard an old fisherman singing this song:
"Oh, take me away, boys, me time is not long.

"Dress me up in me oilskins and jumper,
No more on the docks I'll be seen;
Just tell me old shipmates I'm taking the trip, mates,
And I'll see you someday in Fiddler's Green.

"Now, Fiddler's Green is a place, I've heard tell,
Where the fishermen go if they don't go to hell;
Where the weather is fair and the dolphins do play,
And the cold coast of Greenland is far, far away.

"Dress me up in me oilskins and jumper,
No more on the docks I'll be seen;
Just tell me old shipmates I'm taking the trip, mates,
And I'll see you someday in Fiddler's Green.

"When you get back in port and your long trip is through,
There's pubs and there's clubs and there's lassies there, too;
Well, the girls are all pretty and the beer is all free,
And there's bottles of rum growing 'top every tree.

"Dress me up in me oilskins and jumper,
No more on the docks I'll be seen;
Just tell me old shipmates I'm taking the trip, mates,
And I'll see you someday in Fiddler's Green.

"Now, I don't want a harp nor a halo, not me,
Just give me the breeze and the swift rolling sea,
As I play my old squeezebox as we sail along,
And the wind in the riggin' will sing me this song:

"Dress me up in me oilskins and jumper,
No more on the docks I'll be seen;
Just tell me old shipmates I'm taking the trip, mates,
And I'll see you someday in Fiddler's Green.
Just tell me old shipmates I'm taking the trip, mates,
And I'll see you someday in Fiddler's Green.

####.... John Conolly, 1966 (Copyright 1970 for the world, March Music Ltd, March, Cambs, UK) ....####
This variant and the variant in the video above was arranged and recorded by Denis Ryan on his 2005 CD, Let Me Fish Off Cape St Mary's, Denis Ryan's third solo album since leaving Ryan's Fancy. The album was recorded in Ireland, in Torbay, Newfoundland at Dermot O'Reilly's Piper Stock Productions, and in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The CD contains some of Denis' favourite songs.

A variant was recorded by John Barr aka "Little" John Cameron from Blantyre, Scotland and Torbay, NL [1943-2002] (Sit Down, Mr Music Man ©1967 Boot Records, Toronto).


See more songs by "Little" John Cameron.

A variant was recorded by Schooner Fare (Our Maine Songs, 1999). This was the first song Schooner Fare ever sang together as a trio, and they credit it with having started them on the road to singing their brand of folk music.

See more songs by Schooner Fare.

A variant was also recorded in 1999 by Ed Power of Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, on the album Kitchen Songs by Mark Bishop of Soundscape Productions in Grand Falls-Windsor.

See more songs by Ed Power.

A variant was also recorded by The Landsmen (Woods And Water, 2006).

See more songs by The Landsmen.

A variant was also recorded by Eddie Coffey (The Girls From Newfoundland / Eddie Coffey And His Coffey-Mate, trk#3, 1977, Don Park Music Inc, Markham, Ontario).

See more songs by Eddie Coffey.

Other variants arranged and recorded as Fiddler's Green include:
¹ Spirit Of The Atlantic from St Anthony, NL (Take Me Home Boys, 1999); and ² The White Family [John White and his family] (Put Your Hand In The Hand, trk#5, 1973, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario); and ³ Harry Hibbs (The All New Harry Hibbs With Shrimp Cocktail, trk#1, 1971, Arc Sound Limited, Toronto, Ontario, remastered and released in 2002 by Robert Matichak, Unidisk Studios, Montreal, Quebec).



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