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SKIBEREEN

Post  pinhedz on Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:04 am

To put this in perspective--at the time there were many of us that had just abandoned or been ejected from the other place:

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I've failed to find any more verses in the Skibbereen format. But it occurs to me that it doesn't look too difficult to write in that format. Maybe we could make our own contributions to carry on the living folk tradition:

"I used to like to share my thoughts on Robert Zimmerman,
about his nonsense verses, that appear to me a scam,
As soon as I began to speak they all began to scream,
And that's another reason why I left old Skibbereen."


Tiny Montgomery

"The people were mild mannered and their constitution strong
I found this was a place where I could finally belong
but when I shared my feelings they all thought I was obscene
and that's another reason why I left old Skibbereen."

"I tried to find a woman, they all seemed too resolute
and all I ended up with was a plastic prostitute
soon she spoke of marriage but her father was too keen
and that's another reason why I left old Skibbereen."

"There were certain rumours 'bout a king without a crown
I covered all the tracks but in the end they tracked me down.
But I was most ashamed when they found out I was a queen
and that's another reason why I left old Skibbereen."

The Pogues' "Sally MacLennane" has a very similar metre:

Now Jimmy played harmonica in the pub where I was born
He played it from the night time to the peaceful early morn
He soothed the souls of psychos and the men who had the horn
And they all looked very happy in the morning.

The end is a bit different but not unchangeable:

Now Pinhedz played piano in the pub where I was born
He played it from the night time to the peaceful early morn
I tried to fill his shoes but he would play like a machine
and that's another reason why I left old Skibbereen.


Powerpete

I knew I was an artist and I put up a great show,
and on the opening night it was the place one had to go.
Then people saw my art was crap, the worst they'd ever seen
and that's another reason why I left old Skibbereen.

I rode to town on my rocking horse, some bunnies for to save,
but they wouldn't let me save them when I found them in a cave.
They laughed at me 'cos they were high on methamphetamine,
and that's another reason why I left old Skibbereen.

Someone was killed 'neath the town hall light by a man who looked like me.
It wasn't me 'cos I had been my Susannah for to see,
my best friend's wife. But I'm not dumb, and there still was Maureen,
and that's another reason why I left old Skibbereen.

I'm lost in the rain and it's Eastertime. Juarez is a mean old dump.
The women are witches, the booze is cheap, so in my chair I slump.
The police are nasty but they don't give me hell like my wife Kathleen,
and that's another reason why I left old Skibbereen.

Lit out from Limerick chased by hounds, met the devil on the run.
He bought me a Guinness, grinned wickedly, and said: 'Let's have some fun.'
Then he told my wife in Dingle 'bout my wife in Inniskeen,
and that's another reason why I left old Skibbereen.


John McLaughlin

Doggerel belongs nowhere but is found everywhere
'Tis a basic lament that you hear in Tolkeye-een
He couldn't write his way out of a bloody paper bag
And that's another reason why I left old Skibereen.


John McLaughlin

Jeez, that's godawful, McLaughlin!


pinhedz

Well, there's doggerel, and then there's genuine folk doggerel. I figured if anyone could cite some actual, authenticated folk doggerel, Johnny Mac would be the one to do it. I suspect that the half verse I found with the reference to James Joyce is probably relatively recent.


John McLaughlin


The problem is, a lot of what's close to doggerel in written or spoken verse actually fits a tune when sung, so that takes some of the weight off it. That was Tolkien's excuse, of course, for the crap whcih bespangled in a sluttish fashion his interchapter divisions. But there's a difference between true folk doggerel and incompetent literate copies, to which I personally plead guilty as sin, above. He should have too, IMFO. But obviously YFMMV.


pinhedz


The ladies say my coffee cup is something to behold,
With multi-layered brownish stain, they speculate how old.
In July I'll scrub it clean, the lacquered surface gleams,
I might just last another year in good old Skibbereen.


Catherine


I rolled with teh punches and took some blows
I was torn between eviction and wanting to go
The band was in town it was June 19
I'll never return, return to Skibbereen


Catherine

I'm sad and I'm tired....I've run the good race
I'm pretty convinced that I'm in the right place
My country is pretty, it's wide and it's green
I'm so very glad that I left Skibbereen


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Re: SKIBEREEN

Post  pinhedz on Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:07 pm

To be like Robert Zimmerman many once aspired,
Speak truth to power and be universally admired.
But Bobby sold his soul for panties with a silken sheen,
And that's the reason many have since left old Skibereen.

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