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Talkin' Cavan

Artist:Tim O'Brien  Album:The Crossing 

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A while ago I chanced to roam to the place my great grandad called home It wasn't that much I saw that day, but I learned I whole lot along the way I was goin' to Ireland... retracing my family footsteps... diggin' up roots You could call 'em tubers The closer to the root of my family tree, the more people seemed to look like me Saw a sign said Mollie O'Brien's bar, I knew right then I couldn't be that far I went in there and asked for beer, he pours this black stuff, he says, 'cheers” 'Guiness gives you strength”, he said, I'll tell you friends it's like drinkin' bread There's a loaf in every pint... I was feelin' strong... felt like I wanted to sing My whistle was wet and my tongue was loose When the barman asked how come I'd choose To travel such a long, long way on such a cold and rainy day I said, 'I'm goin' up to Kingscourt town. That's in County Cavan, to look around. My great grandaddy came from there. I want to see if the old home place is still there.” Well he shook his head up and down And then side to side and then he turned around and said 'A Cavan man then... you know, a lot of people wouldn't admit to that” I figured I'd save a little hassle so I booked a room nearby in a fancy castle Had a hard time gettin' my dinner there It was full of these people with light blonde hair Danish tourists...two big busloads of 'em Now the owner of the place, his hair was black When I talked to him, I didn't

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