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The Bandon Car

  • (Kevin Beale)

    Oh they're baggin' 'em in Berehaven, Kilbrittain and Kinsale
    The Fivemile and Belgooly, the story's much the same
    No matter where you come from, no matter who you are
    If you're a man who likes his porter beware of the Bandon car

    Come all you lads and lassies and listen to my sad tale
    And I'll tellto you what happened to me one night down in Kinsale
    It being the summer season I found myself a job
    Singing ballads in a bar to make a couple of bob
    I was doing a bit of a stint, me boys, down in the Folk House bar
    Little did I know in town that night was the dreaded Bandon car

    And when the gig was over and me gear all packed away
    Says I, I'll have one for the road then I'll leave without delay
    But alas! that was the one I fear that caused me my downfall
    How was I to know me fate, sure I didn't have a clue at all
    When I had donned me cap and coat and drank down my last jar
    And the barman's final comment was, Watch out for the Bandon car

    I was just about to leave for home when much to my dismay
    A Garda car with flashing lights came up and barred me way
    Says he, Have you drink taken - says I, A small amount
    Says he, Would that be five or six - says I, Garda, I never count
    He made me blow into the bag saying, Tonight you've gone too far
    And to the station I was taken in the back of the Bandon car

    The doctor he was sent for, looking tired and distressed
    Through bleary eyes he asked me would I mind a urine test
    Says I, I like things private when I answers nature's call
    But that request was soon shot down, I had to bare it all
    Oh what a terrible indignation to take the thing so far
    And I wished that they could go to hell along with th' oul' Bandon car

    Now I've been law-abidin' since the day that I was born
    But this terrible legislation, sure I view it now with scorn
    There's trickies and there's hooflers who break laws every day
    But they can't be caught easily and they gets clean away
    I've tried every means I know to avoid the social scar
    But there is no way you'll get fair play from the boys in the Bandon car

    (as sung by Jimmy Crowley)

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  • [1998:] The best songs are born out of frustration and this is a classic example. I have heard people in West Cork say that they'd rather face a platoon of Black and Tans or the Headless Coach than the dreaded Bandon squadcar, which, like the Banshee herself, has acquired the secret of bi-location. (Jimmy Crowley, notes 'Uncorked!')

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