I guess the two books I’ve recently read, The Gates of Fire and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, put me in a bit of a rebellious mood.
So my first thought tonight was to share some Irish Rebel Music, but while searching YouTube, I came across an Irish traditional song which is a bit happier and more uplifting.
Apparently, this was performed after an Irish wedding reception, in the wee hours of the morning:
There are some classic comments on YouTube:
- This is an Irish sobriety test when you get pulled over by the police.
- Eminem has been real quiet since this dropped
- When someone says she’s out of your league, this is the woman they’re talking about.
That’s exactly how I pictured an Irish wedding at 5 am.
- U.S.: we have the 12 days of Christmas
Ireland: Hold our Guinness…
- Only the Irish can turn a tongue twister into a traditional 4 minutes song
And here is some background on the song, know as Rattlin’ Bog, courtesy of Wikipedia:
“The Rattlin’ Bog” is an Irish folk song. It is a version of an internationally distributed folk song type. In the Roud Folk Song Index it has the number 129, and carries such titles as “The Everlasting Circle,” “The Tree on the Hill,” “The Green Grass Grew All Around,” and “Down in the Lowlands,” as well as “The Rattlin’ Bog.” The adjective rattlin’ means “splendid” in the context of this song. It is a cumulative song, similar to “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, as it has a list at the end of each verse which grows throughout the piece.
During a performance, it is typical for the song to increase in speed with each additional verse, almost as a challenge to determine who can sing the lyrics the fastest without getting mixed up. Some performances have one singer leading the song, singing the “Now on that…” lines solo. The whole group then joins in for the cumulative list and chorus. In some live performances, the audience sings along for as long as they can keep up, with most only singing the chorus by the end of the song.
So if it sounded a bit familiar to you, it probably is. It reminded me of the song “The Green Grass Grew All Around”.