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  • Mountain Dew/I'll Tell Me Ma

    Sue Rogers posted on February 25, 2016 11:28

    We're sure to have a grand time with this medley!

    "Mountain Dew" is an Irish folk song dating from 1882. It was printed in "Irish street Ballads", 1916. It was later recorded under the title The Rare Old Mountain Dew. It is about the intoxicating properties of Irish moonshine, or Poitín. The earliest recording is by John Griffin, 1927 on the Columbia label, New York, under its original title.

    It is sung to the traditional air "The Girl I Left Behind" (also known as "Brighton Camp").

    The song is referenced in The Pogues' song "Fairytale of New York":

    And then he sang a song
    The Rare Auld Mountain Dew
    I turned my face away
    And dreamed about you.

    "I'll Tell Me Ma" (also called "The Wind") is a well-known children's song. It was collected in various parts of England in the 19th century and again appears in collections from shortly after the turn of the 20th century. In Ireland the chorus usually refers to Belfast city and is known colloquially as "The Belle of Belfast City", although it is also adapted to other Irish cities, such as Dublin. English versions refer to the "Golden City" or "London City". 

    The song accompanies a children's game. A ring is formed by the children joining hands, one player standing in the centre. When asked, "Please tell me who they be," the girl in the middle gives the name or initials of a boy in the ring (or vice versa). The ring then sings the rest of the words, and the boy who was named goes into the centre.

    ****formatted Feb 26 2016 - SR****

    ~~~ChordPro Version UPDATED Mar 10, 2016 CEL~~~

    A video for this song:

    Posted in: Individual Songs, March 2016 Kitchen Party, BUG Hooley March 2017 (2 Comments)


Claude Lacelle
# Claude Lacelle
Monday, March 7, 2016 7:04 PM
Sue there is something wrong with the formatting of the Word file, when I look at it is is a mess of text with no breaks between Verses and Choruses.

Please check your update date, 2015?
Sue Rogers
# Sue Rogers
Monday, March 7, 2016 8:27 PM
hmm - it's showing up fine on my Mac but then I have Word for Mac. On my iPad I see what you mean, but on my iPad I would use the PDF. I didn't do anything different than for the rest. Any suggestions as to how I can fix it for you Claude? Please feel free to give me a call.