The Cappamore Song
This songs is from the youtube video of the Cappamore Senior Citizens Party 1989. I have no idea of the proper name of the song or who wrote it. Cappamore is in Co. Limerick.
1939 As the Winter drew near
The Warm clowds orr europe began to appear
The ships on the oceans could not come to our shores
The word went around “theres no coal for cappamore”
Then the council sent word for to assemble all men
The bogs must be opened and worked once again
There is turf on the hill it is there to be seen
And soon we were bound for the bog in Grageen
Being broke from the dole we answered the call
The grub it was scarce and the oul rations were lean
We woke from our slumbers and came in great numbers
To join the brigade for the bog in Grageen
We had corbet the grocer the lawlore the bauder
And O Neen O’ Donnell from up the fair green
We had laheys and faheys we’d ryans and mulcahys
As fair a contingment that ever was seen
We Gorman the ganger and Murphy the trigger
We had little Johnny Moricey up from Coneen
We had men of distinction like Marshal the thinker
Consenting to work on the bog in Grageen
Oh we left sure our homes in the town of Cappamore
For to walk to that bog it was five miles or more
We skipped orr the meadows, the valleys and streams
To be there for the work on top of Grageen
Oh they came from Tower Hill, Pallas beg and Dromkeen
From ein cappwhite and from old Pallasgreen
And from famed Ballyneaty where Sarsfield had been
Oh they winded there way up the slopes of Grageen
Oh you joked and you talked as you went on your way
If your legs they got tired sure twas back you must stay
You puas to go home you betricks and between
You were docked a quarter day for being late in Grageen
If you started to work you were greifed on your pain
If the weather stays fine youll get by all the day
Your blessed with good luck while the sun can be seen
If it rains on that day on the slopes of Grageen
When dinner time came sure the fireman would say
Bring along your long bread and half ounce of tea
He get you a meal it would be fit for a queen
But I doubt that she would dine on the bog of Grageen
When Lunch you had taken your spirits would rise
Man a thought an oul ganger* he would look up at the sky
Ganger* means the man in charge of a group of men, usually on a building site.
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