3000 Miles

Ireland sings to me most nights and some days. We spent a month there in 2005. I’ve been trying to go back (and if possible, stay) ever since. Yes, I’m one more of those people who want to be Irish. Seems everyone with a certain bent is inexorably drawn there.

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The Irishman and the Tiger

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Kenny from Killarney was a sorry little man
Nothing that he ever did went according to his plan
Little did he know today when he went out his door
That he would meet a tiger and his life would change for sure
That he would meet a tiger and his life would change for sure

McGillicuddy’s circus was rolling into town
put up all their posters and the people gathered round
nobody was looking and and it changed our Kenny’s fate
when a hungry angry tiger snuck out through an open gate

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now Kenny worked a still hidden out among the green
distilled a murky liquid he pretended was poitín
he’d barely got the fire lit when the tiger happened by
and Kenny started running just as fast as he could fly

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now Kenny was no runner and he ended up as lunch
you were thinking that he’d beat the tiger; sure I had a hunch
did you really think the story could end another way?
and the tiger’s had a taste for weasel ever since that day

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Like the Sea

Em
we’ll be together
D
now and forever
Em D
like the sea and the earth and the sky
Em
yes we’ll live forever
D
always together
Em D Em
my golden-haired lady and I
Em D Em

gulls cry above us
here on the hillside
smell the sea spray in the air
we walk hand in hand
through gentle green grasses
the sun glinting gold in your hair

and we’ll be together
now and forever
like the sea and the earth and the sky
yes we’ll live forever
always together
my golden-haired lady and I

like waves of the sea
that will never give over
their flowing forever to shore
there’s room in two hearts
who’ve found one another
for loving to flow evermore

and we’ll be together
now and forever
like the sea and the earth and the sky
yes we’ll live forever
always together
my golden-haired lady and I

we’ve nowhere to go
our whole lives to get there
and never to walk alone
fill me with joy
and I’ll fill you with laughter,
golden-haired lady, my own

and we’ll be together
now and forever
like the sea and the earth and the sky
yes we’ll live forever
always together
my golden-haired lady and I


Never Take a Goat

if you’re thinking just like me
that you’d like to go to sea
I’ve some words of good advice for you to note
your floating will be better
and you end up far less wetter
if you’ll only take along a little boat

now boats are fancy things
says the dry man as he sings
for keeping all the ocean from your socks
and even if they match
you can bet they’re not a patch
on a boat for when you leave behind the docks

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take a boat
that’ll float
and you can quote me when I say
a boat is better any day
for when you’d like to go to sea
and you’re thinking just like me
you’ll need a boat
to stay afloat

if you’re thinking just like me
that you’d like to go to see
there’s another bit of wisdom you should note
your health will be robust
and your joints will never rust
if you’ll only take along a little coat

a coat’s a wondrous thing
says the warm man as he sings
for keeping all the chilly from your throat
if it buttons or it zips
it’ll keep the frosty nips
from your throat while you’re out sailing on your boat

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take a boat
that’ll float
and you can quote me when I say
a boat is better any day
for when you’d like to go to sea
and you’re thinking just like me
you’ll need a boat
to stay afloat

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now, we’ve talked about boats
and we’ve talked about coats
and there’s only one thing left to talk about
goats

if you’re thinking just like me
that you’d like to go to sea
I’ve some final words of wisdom you should note
as you’re loading up your boat
in your warm and fuzzy coat
don’t ever ever ever bring a goat

goats, the hungry things
will eat your sofa to the springs
and if there’s eating to be done, well here’s my vote
put the goat into a pot
and we’ll serve him up right hot
and prevent the creature buttin’ up our boat

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take a boat
that’ll float
and you can quote me when I say
a boat is better any day
for when you’d like to go to sea
and you’re thinking just like me
you’ll need a boat
to stay afloat

so take a boat
and get yer coat
and eat the goat
and stay afloat
your floating will be better
and you end up far less wetter
if you’ll only take along a little boat