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The Boys Of Fairhill

  • (Trad / Séan O'Callaghan)

    Come on boys and you'll see lads and lasses in their glee
    Evergreen bowers would make your heart thrill
    The boys they will not harm you the girls they all will charm you
    Here's up 'em all says the boys of Fairhill

    Come boys and have a drink of Fahy's well spring water
    Though you are dry you are welcome here still
    'Tis better than the Guinness's or J. J. Murphy's porter
    That has been proved by the boys of Fairhill

    Come boys round by Gurranabraher 'tis there you'll see the fields so green
    The sun shines in splendour the lark sweetly sings
    Thousands come from o'er the foam just to kiss th' old Blarney stone
    You can view it alone from the groves of Fairhill

    Come on boys and spend the day with our hurling club so gay
    The clash of the ash it would make your heart thrill
    Talk about the Kerry pike let them all come if they like
    They're bound to be knocked out by the boys of Fairhill

    Come on boys and spend the day with our harrier pack so gay
    Around the Croppy Boy and th' old road called the Cill
    Where many's the bloody Black and Tan and the treacherous Saxon gang
    Were all laid low by the boys of Fairhill

    Come on boys and spend the day with our bowling club so gay
    The loft of the bowl it would make your heart thrill
    When you hear the Shea boy say - Timmy Delaney's won the day
    But we beat them all says the boys of Fairhill

    Come boys up to Quinlan's pub that is where you'll join our club
    Round us in gallons the porter does flow
    And first we tap the half o' tierce drink a health to Dashwood's race
    That's the stuff to give 'em says the boys of Fairhill

    (as sung by Jimmy Crowley)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1977:] This is one of the best known of Cork songs. Wherever Cork people gather in celebration you're sure to hear De Boys at some stage. Originally it was a song in praise of Cork's traditional pastimes, bowling, drag-hunting and hurling. Because of its popularity, verses were added and the original has almost been forgotten. This version learnt from Paul Frost is probably close to the original. A few of the north city landmarks are mentioned - Quinlans Pub in Blacpool also known as the Harrier Bar, the haunt of the local beaglers and, by way of contrast, Fahy's Well, near Wash Brew Lane famous for the purity of its spring water. (Notes Jimmy Crowley, 'The Boys of Fair Hill')

  • [1998:] I have purposely scuttled the more recent vulgar verses and have returned to the original lyric which I collected in 1976 from Hadda O'Callaghan of Blacpool, Cork, brother of the author Séan. It seems less a city song here and more a pastourelle. Not surprisingly, as almost all of Cork's Northside was then open country and famous for the singing of its larks. (Jimmy Crowley, notes 'Uncorked!')

  • See also for a local and a pub version for another longer version

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