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Warlike Lads of Russia

When Napoleon Bonaparte to Moscow he went, with all his troops and all his men his mind was heavy bent. To take the Russian country now they were full employed, but the Russians fought against them and they soon did them destroy

T'was in a little while that the Russians did attack, against Bonaparte and all his men they fought them and they drove them back. The action being so hot left and right and front and rear, oh damn you all says Bonaparte I'll stay no longer here.

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Those warlike lads of Russia they fought all in one mind, made Bonaparte to run and leave his troops behind. Those warlike lads of Russia they fought all in one mind, made Bonaparte to run and leave his troops behind.

Away then went poor Bonaparte as fast as he could run. The poor Frenchmen looked after him he left horses, cannon, guns. His boxes and his matches, amunition wagons too, he left them all behind him well what could poor Boney do?

Away then went poor Bonaparte as fast as he could ride, the poor Frenchmen looked after him saying oh its very hard. To think he'd take us all out here to leave us to our fate, you'd think he'd ride along with us to help up in our state

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Here's twenty thousand men that they have killed and they have taken, likewise ten thousand horses and two hundred bits of cannon. No more to Paris, Lyon or French Flanders I'll advance, for if I do I'm sure to know they'll teach me how to dance

And its now to conclude and to finish up this song, the poor Frenchmen in Russia they wish they had a hold of him. The cruelest death they'd put him through to e're a man befall. Oh damn you all says Bonaparte I'm clear of you all!

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(Traditional Arrangement, The Navigators - Socan)

 

 

 

The Rights of Man (Instrumental)

(Traditional Arrangement, The Navigators - Socan)

 

 

 

Springfield Road

I met me love up walkin' in the merry month of May. When the birds were singin' sweetly and the lads did sport and play. She told me that she loved me and for me she would prove true. If you would stay with me my love and I would stay with you.

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We walked along the dam and the birds sing loud and gay. It's there I met my bonny brunette she stole my heart away. Her cheeks they were like roses red and her skin as white as snow. She is the darlin' of my heart the pride of Springfield Road.

Now we'll be married for my love has named the day, and happy we will be together as we go on our way. We'll have our charming little house and a garden for to till, and bring the children up like us to work at the cotton mill.

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I'll bid you all good night for to her parents I must go. To see if they will have me now or if the answer's no. She said they'll treat me decent and my glass they'd surely fill, and drink a health to the bride and groom that works at the cotton mill.

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(Traditional Arrangement, The Navigators - Socan)

 

 

 

Dance And Sing

When you said that it was over and that was how it is, I felt my heart grow colder it never gave an inch. But you knew that it was warmer and that was no surprise. You seem to take me over when I look into your eyes.

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I can dance I can sing, I can play most anything, but I'm still a lonesome guy 'till I'm in your arms again. Take my hand take my ring and it's presents I will bring, 'cause I'm a guy who likes to dance and likes to sing.

For weeks I went a strollin' but you were never there. You never left a message I guess you didn't care. Now every day I find myself livin' in a lie. I just want to know the truth of it, I want to ask you why.

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So I took a little trip, went halfway round the world, trying to forget that little girl. But everywhere I look, she was always there. So how am I gonna live without you little girl?

Chorus Twice

(Arthur O'Brien & Markus Stricker - Socan)

 

 

 

The Ploughboy (The Fox Hunt)

I once was a ploughboy but a soldier I am now. I courted lovely Molly a milkmaid I vow. I courted lovely Molly, I delight in her charms, and many a loing night I rolled in her arms. With me ran tan nor the laddy fol da di doe.

So adieu lovely MollyI now must away. There's great providence and promotion in crossing the sea. And if ever I return it will be in the spring, when the lark and the linnet and the nightengale sing. With me ran tan nor the laddy fol da di doe.

You can go to all hte markets, the gatherings and fairs. You can go to church on Sunday and choose your love there. And if anybody loves you as well as I do, I won't try to stop your wedding love so fare thee well adieu. With my ran tan nor the laddy fol da di doe.

I will build me love a castle at the head of the town where neither Lord, Duke or Earl will e'r pull it down. And if anybody asks you where you are from, you can tell them you're a stranger from the County Tyrone. With me ran tan nor the laddy fol da di doe.

She sent to me a posie of the red rose so fine. I sent to her another it was rue mixed with thyme. Saying you can keep your red rose and I can keep my thyme, and you cand drink to your true love and I can drink to mine. With me ran tan nor the laddy fol da di doe.

(Traditional Arrangement, The Navigators - Socan)

 

 

 

Nancy

Good evening ladies and gentlement, how are you all today? I see that some are seated and the band is here to play. Go grab yourself a great big glass of whatever fills your fancy, and I'll tell you all a wonderful tale of a girl whose known as Nancy.

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She's known as Nancy, she's young and wild and free.
She's known as Nancy, and she wants you all to see.
She's known as Nancy, Oh Nancy won't you come and dance with me.

Straight from down the Northwest Coast she came a year ago, she settled here in St. John's town in the blinding sleet and snow. Then one night she rolled downtown with a fella Clancy, and everyone that was in the bar they knew her name was Nancy.

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Round and round the floor she went with her partner they did fly, and when we got down to the reel she acted oh so shy. Her partner raced across the floor and began to sing a shanty. It was a song about a wonderful girl and her name was known as Nancy.

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(Arthur O'Brien - Socan)

 

 

 

Rabbits In A Basket

Two gentlemen went walking down the street one day. They meet a pretty fair maid coming the other way. Sing fol the diddle-o Fol the diddle-o Fol the diddle-o day.

Said one onto the other I know this young girl well. And bidding her good morning, what have you got to sell? Sing Fol the diddle-o Fol the diddle-o Fol the diddle-o day.

I have butter and cream for sale likewise some new laid eggs, two rabbits in a basket and another one between my legs. Sing Fol the diddle-o Fol the diddle-o Fol the diddle-o day.

I know you have butter and cream for sale, likewise some new laid eggs, but I wants to know the color and price of the one between your legs. Fol the diddle-o Fol the diddle-o Fol the diddle-o day.

The color is is brown sir, the price is fifty pounds, the bargain made the money paid we're off for yonder town. Fol the diddle-o Fol the diddle-o Fol the diddle-o day.

Then lifting up her petticoat there was snowy white. Then pulling down a rabbit and she gave me a fright. Fol the diddle-o Fol the diddle-o Fol the diddle-o day.

Then turning to this fair young maid as she was standing right, I did not mean a rabbit but to lie with you all night. Sing Fol the diddle-o Fol the diddle-o Fol the diddle-o day.

It's you we may have bargained, but the money we did pay. You robbed us of our fifty pounds, with a judge your going to stay. Fol the diddle-o Fol the diddle-o Fol the diddle-o day. Fol the diddle-o Fol the diddle-o Fol the diddle-o day.

(Traditional Arrangement, The Navigators - Socan)

 

 

 

The Islander

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I'm a Newfoundlander born and bred and I'll be one till I die. I'm proud to be an Islander and here's the reason why. I'm free as the wind and the waves that wash the sand. There's no place I would rather be than here in Newfoundland.

I spent some time in New York state I nearly lost my mind. The city life's too fast for me nobody had the time. Cement and steel and flashing lights was all that I could see. It may be good for New York state but it's no damn good for me.

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In Montreal the Frenchmen say that they own Labrador. Including Indian Harbor where by father fished before. And if they want to fight for her then I'll surely make a stand. And they'll regret the day they tried to take our Newfoundland.

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Now that the oil is on our shore we better take the time, to develop it more carefully or else you're going to find, what could have been the answer to our poor economy, has changed our way of living and destroyed our fishery.

Chorus Twice

(Bruce Moss - Moss Productions)

 

 

 

The White Cockade

T'was on a summers morning as I roved o'er the moss, I had no thought of enlisting till a soldier did me cross. Then he did invite me to take a flowing bowl. He advanced to me some money, a shilling from the Crown.

For now I am enlisted, I wear a white cockade. And by a sad misfortune, a soldier I've been made. May the man that first enlisted me not prosper night or day. How I wish that he would perish all in the foaming spray.

And may he never prosper and may he never thrive, on all he puts his hands to as long as he's alive. May the very ground he treads upon the grass refuse to grow, for he's been the only cause of my sorrow and my woe.

My love took out a handkerchief to wipe her flowing eyes. Dry up your mournful tears now and all your mournful sighs. May you be of good courage and think of me till then. We'll be married in Newcastle when I return again.

(Traditional Arrangement, The Navigators - Socan)

 

 

 

Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)

I once had a girl or should I say she once had me. She showed me her room, isn't it good, Norwegian Wood.

She asked me to stay and she told me to sit anywhere, when I looked around and I noticed there wasn't a chair.

I sat on her rug biding my time drinking her wine. We talked until two and then she said its time for bed.

She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh. I told her I didn't and got up to sleep in the bath.

So then I awoke, I was alone, this bird had flown. So I lit a fire, isn't it good, Norwegian wood.

(Lennon & McCartney - Northern Songs)

 

 

 

The Chapel Bell Set (Instrumental)

Chapel Bell/Donegal Lasses/Boys in the Bunker (Traditional Arrangement, The Navigators - Socan)
The Boys in the Bunker (Colin Carrigan - Socan)

 

 

 

The Rhythm Of The Goat

T'was in the town of St. John's. It was there I chanced to dwell, one night when I was playing in a pub you all know well. I met a girl from Carbonear who said she liked to dance, and if I knew just what to do then maybe I'd have a chance.

I asked if she was partial to the jigs or to the reels. What was her particular fancy for kicking you her heels? She said she was fond of the melody and the singing of the note, but her particular fancy was the rhythm of the goat.

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With me rowdy diddley dow diddley and me rowdy dow diddley dow da. Me rowdy dow diddley dow diddley and me rowdy dow diddley dow da.

So I asked if there was a particular tune that she might like to hear. I'd play it on my mandolin, my banjo or my guitar. I'd play it on my fiddle or my whistle note for note, all she said she wanted to hear was the rhythm of the goat.

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Well I thought I knew just what to do so then I turned to she, with me diddle dum this one diddle dum that one diddley dum diddley dum dee. With your whack fol tor-a-lora and the story of Lukey's Boat, but all she said she wanted to hear was the rhythm of the goat.

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So I took out me bodhran and I began to play a song I knew when I was young down in Conception Bay. Her feet they hardly touched the floor I knew I had her vote 'cause I was finally playing the rhythm of the goat.

Chorus Twice

(Jim Fidler - Socan)

 

 

 

The Giant (Instrumental:The Sea Monster)

Cold wind on the harbour and rain on the road, wet promise of winter brings recourse to cold. There's fire in the blood and a fog on Bras d'or, the giant will rise with the moon.

T'was the same ancient fever in the Isle's of the Bessed that our fathers brought with them when they went West. It's the blood of the Druids that never will rest, the giant will rise with the moon.

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So crash the glass down, move with the tide. Young friends and old whiskey are burning inside. Crash the glass down, Fingal will rise... with the moon.

The wind's in the North, there'll be new moon tonight, and we have no circle to dance in its light. Light a torch, bring a bottle and build the fire bright, the giant will rise with the moon

In inclement weather the people are fey. Ten thousand year stories as the night slips away. Remembering Fingal feels not far away. The giant will rise with the moon.

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(Stan Rogers - Fogarty's Cove Music)
(The Sea Monster written and played by Colin Carrigan - Socan)


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