#03122
Uncle Knobby's Steamboat
(The Government Rams) video
#1798: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

Come for a trip on Uncle Knobby's steamboat,
Where you can hide your worries on a high float;
And we'll take a trip
with leprechauns and shamrocks,
To find our mind and troubles for a while.

And we're going where the grass is growing green,
To a mystic land that no one else has seen;
Where oblivion brings to mind reality,
And reality fades into a memory.

Captain Newburgh gives a smile
at the gangway side to greet you,
The first mate by his side,
he'll work hard if he needs to;
They'll take you to your berth,
your cabin's cool and cozy,
Full steam ahead, we're ready for to go.

And we're going where the grass is growing green,
To a mystic land that no one else has seen;
Where oblivion brings to mind reality,
And reality fades into a memory.

We're off to Tír na nÓg,
the goddess of love is Gráinne,
Cú Chulainn can't get in,
through his coat he has no fire;
The leprechauns go by in a twinkling mystic vision,
The shamrock lays moulding in the clay.

And we're going where the grass is growing green,
To a mystic land that no one else has seen;
Where oblivion brings to mind reality,
And reality fades into a memory.

Bring on the dancing girls,
the show is now in motion,
The choo choo train is gone,
it's halfway through the mountains;
The fairies and the witch,
the banshees drinking brandy,
Uncle Knobby at last he's in command.

And we're going where the grass is growing green,
To a mystic land that no one else has seen;
Where oblivion brings to mind reality,
And reality fades into a memory.

La la la la, la la la la la la la,
La la la, la la la la la la la;
La la la la, la la la la la la la,
La la la, la la, la la, la.

And we're going where the grass is growing green,
To a mystic land that no one else has seen;
Where oblivion brings to mind reality,
And reality fades into a memory.

La la la la, la la la la la la la,
La la la, la la la la la la la;
La la la la, la la la la la la la,
La la la, la la, la la, la.

[Fading]
La la la, la la la la la la la,
La la la, la la la la la la la...

####.... Derek Warfield [b.1943] from Inchicore, Dublin, Ireland, singer, songwriter, historian, and a founding member of the musical group Wolfe Tones. ....####
This variant recorded by The Government Rams (Good Work - If You Can Get It, trk#13, 2001 CD, produced by Chris Andrews, St John's NL).

The Government Rams are composed of two members of Shanneyganock (Chris Andrews and Mark Hiscock), Billy Sutton from The Fables, and Patrick Moran from The Punters.

From Wikipedia:
Cú Chulainn - (Irish for "Culann's Hound"; also spelled Cúchulain, Cú Chulain, Cú Cúlainn, Cúchulainn or Cú Chulaind - Irish mythological hero who appears in the stories of the Ulster Cycle, as well as in Scottish and Manx folklore. The son of the god Lug and Deichtine (sister of Conchobar mac Nessa), he was originally named Sétanta. He is known for his terrifying battle frenzy, in which he becomes an unrecognizable monster who knows neither friend nor foe.
Gráinne - daughter of Cormac mac Airt in the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology. She is one of the central figures in the Middle Irish text Finn and Gráinne and most famously, in the 17th-century tale The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Gráinne, which tells of her betrothal to Fionn mac Cumhaill, leader of the Fianna, and her subsequent elopement with Fionn's warrior Diarmuid Ua Duibhne.
Tír na nÓg - most popular of the Otherworlds in Irish mythology. It is perhaps best known from the story of Oisín, one of the few mortals who lived there, who was said to have been brought there by Niamh of the Golden Hair. It was considered a place beyond the edges of the map, located on an island far to the west. It could be reached by either an arduous voyage or an invitation from one of its fairy residents. The isle was visited by various Irish heroes and monks in the echtrae (Adventure) and immram (Voyage) tales popular during the Middle Ages.



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