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#Travel With Music: Folk Punk Ireland

By on 7 September 2017

Available in: itItaliano

I couldn’t not start #Travelwithmusic with my loved Ireland! I would like to take you once again on this beautiful emerald island with this first Playlist. An island where were born rock band like Cranberries, U2… but its musical tradition is more ancient. I would talk to you just about this, with a punk revival that never hurts.

The island that changed my life is a land full of music: you’ll hear it everywhere, among streets, in the pubs, during any event. It’s a really peculiar music that tells about the history of this country and its people. Tells about struggles for independence, robbers, pirates, drunkards, and pub life. Popular songs are a true drawing of what it’s Ireland features.

Ireland Folk Punk Playlist

Here is a shareable playlist to listen to a new version of classic popular songs that you’ll find in every respectable Irish pub. Here you’ll find the already famous “Molly Malone” and “Wild Rover” but I want to talk to you about a song that attracted me by the first time I’ve heard it. I’m talking about the first song on this Spotify playlist, “Seven Drunken Nights”: a song I’ve never heard before my Ireland roadtrip that remember me this land always with a smile.

Seven Drunken Nights

More than a song, for me it’s a description of the ironic spirit of Irish people. Lyrics tell about a man who every night comes back home drunkard. Every night, despite the hangover, realizes that something it’s strange at home: he feels like another man stayed with his wife.

“As I went home on Monday night as drunk as drunk could be,
I saw a horse outside the door where my old horse should be”

Every time he sees a particular and ask for explanations to his wife, but she can deceive blaming his drunkard husband.

“Ah, you’re drunk, you’re drunk, you silly old fool, still you can not see
That’s a lovely sow that me mother sent to me.”

In front of this kind of explanation the husband can just submit with the tail between the legs put a pin, but he has to say something:

“Well, it’s many a day I’ve travelled a hundred miles or more,
But a saddle on a sow sure I never saw before”

The beauty of this text I think is inside its irony. Because Irish can make fun of theirself. Not another classical love song or about an impossible love, here the characters are two old foxes.

A Little Gem: The title of the song tells about seven nights… yet usually, just five nights are sung. Why?

Because the last two are too vulgar…

Well… This version of Firkin is one of the few that sing the integral version:

Saturday night, coming back home, he saw hands on the wife’s breast, but according to her it was just a night-gown given by her mother. Another version tells that he saw a man going out from his house and the wife explained he was an English collector. The husband answer:

“Well, it’s many a day I’ve travelled a hundred miles or more.
But an English who lasts till 3AM sure I never saw before”

Sunday night, the husband see a “Thing” in her “Thing” and his wife explain it is a “tin whistle” given by her mother. And finally the husband answer:

“Hair on a “Tin Whistle” sure I never saw before!”

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