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Dan Malone (Harry Hibbs) video
#1689: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

Oh, me name is Dan Malone,
I've no place to call me own,
Some people call me no-account and canny;
I've known joy and I've known pain,
I've faced sun and wind and rain,
But a tinker's life is not a life for many.

Oh, the road is long and wide,
and misfortune by my side,
My legs are getting old from constant roaming;
But me pride is nearly gone,
and my money I have none,
And I hate to face the sunrise in the morning.

I will tell you of the day
when my heart was young and gay,
And a lad could walk this country in his own day;
But now the people say,
come on tinker on your way,
We do not like you messing up our homeland.

Oh, me name is Dan Malone,
I've no place to call me own,
Some people call me no-account and canny;
I've known joy and I've known pain,
I've faced sun and wind and rain,
But a tinker's life is not a life for many.

On a day so long ago, I met Katy from Mayo,
Fair of face her eyes forever charmed me;
But she couldn't bear the load
on the long and dusty road,
Now her grave lies on the hill outside Killarney.

I met wise men in my time
and have drunk the golden wine,
I've rambled for the joy of just being moving;
I've met good men, I've met fools,
but I've always known the rules,
A tinker lad must always be a-roving.

Oh, me name is Dan Malone,
I've no place to call me own,
Some people call me no-account and canny;
I've known joy and I've known pain,
I've faced sun and wind and rain,
But a tinker's life is not a life for many.

And I know that some day soon
when the roadside is in bloom,
I'll lay me down beneath the scented clover;
For a man can't always fight
on some lonely summer's night,
And I'll take a rest, my rambling will be over.

Oh, me name is Dan Malone,
I've no place to call me own,
Some people call me no-account and canny;
I've known joy and I've known pain,
I've faced sun and wind and rain,
But a tinker's life is not a life for many.
But a tinker's life is not a life for many.

####.... Sean McCarthy (1923-1990) balladeer, singer, poet, writer, broadcaster and a Finuge, County Kerry, Ireland native, was an Irish folk song writer. He was born one of ten children and penned some of Ireland's favourite ballads. ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Harry Hibbs (A Musical Tour Of Ireland, trk#8, 1982 LP, Fantasia Records and Tapes, Mississauga, Ontario, produced by Marty Hibbs); and (Bell Island Boy, trk#15, 1995 CD, a special limited edition of 1000 CDs produced by Marty Hibbs to raise money for the Harry Hibbs Memorial Park scheduled to open on Bell Island that year).

From Wikipedia:
Tinkers - Irish Travellers (Irish: Lucht siúil - English: walking people) traditionally nomadic people of Irish origin living predominantly in Ireland, Great Britain and the United States.

From The Travellers, Ireland's Ethnic Minority (Revised 1999): Irish Travellers - minority community indigenous to Ireland, Travellers have existed on the margins of Irish society for centuries. They share common descent, and have distinct cultural practices - early marriage, desire to be mobile, a tradition of self-employment, and so on. They have distinct rituals of death and cleansing, and a language they only speak among their own. Travellers are not overtly conscious of a sense of group history. Concern with ancestry is an obsession of those who value permanence of place. Rather, the individual is defined by his/her place within the relationship network. They live in extended patriarchal families, prefer trailers, tend to nomadism interspersed with occasional house dwelling, and maintain a nomadic mindset even when settled; a house is considered only a stopping place between journeys, whether the stop lasts 20 days or 20 years! There are an estimated 21,000 Travellers currently living in the Republic of Ireland, over half of whom have no access to toilet facilities, electricity, refuse collection or piped water.



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