Irishtown

by The Barleyshakes

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A rare mix of original songs, classic Irish songs and fine uplifting Celtic dance tunes. Includes songs by Damien Dempsey, Paul Metser and Glen Hansard

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released April 5, 2019

Recorded by Alan Kelly at Bloodwood Studios
Mixed by Alan Kelly and Mark Paltridge at Spark One Studios
Mastered by Guy Harrison at 007 Studios

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The Barleyshakes Noosa Heads, Australia

The Barleyshakes are a highly evolved Celtic organism in being for 20 years since they formed in Dublin sometime in 1994. They’ve won the Queensland Music Award for World music and performed in over 20 countries to date.

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Track Name: Travelling song
I’ve been travelling now for so long,
I couldn’t begin to trace all our tracks.
Gone this far well we might as well keep going.
Can’t count all the beautiful things we’ve seen,
The king of the road travelling with his queen.

The world is at your door, the world is at your door,
and it is calling.

The sun is setting in the west
And we’re driving hard into it.
Trying to get to Budapest before it’s started snowing.
And we’ve seen the paintings of Egon Shiele,
We’ve climbed the ancient forbidden towers.
We lay in open space,
and all those days they seem like hours.

The world is at your door, the world is at your door,
and it is calling.

We journeyed to Versailles and dined at the palace
on a salad sandwich we purchased from an Arab.
He smiled at us through tobacco stained teeth
Singing praise Allah, you are what you eat.

We swam with dolphins in a turquoise sea,
while the world around us was ill at ease.
On New Year’s day we chanted for peace yeah
Nam mo ram o yeah, nam mo ram o yeah
The world is at your door, the world is at your door,
and it is calling.
This precious world keeps calling,
Hear it call
Track Name: Jim's Bike
JIM’S BIKE
Words and Music Alan Kelly and the Barleyshakes

Jim we’re gonna get your bike back.
The blue bike that brought you love.
We know it’s got white mudguards,
You dirty thievin’ slugs.
You better ride it like you stole it,
Because we won’t be far behind.
We’ve got Jimmy on our minds.

Jim Radel’s a push biker,
He straddles a lamb wool seat.
At 91 years old,
The nicest bloke you’d ever meet.
The day he bought his bicycle, 65 years ago.
Was the day he met his true love don’t you know.

It was a sunny day in Springtime,
The day he bought his bike.
He rode it to the local dance, it was a turning point in life.
That very night he swore his heart to his one true love.
And he promised her his crossbar and his love.

If you do have information that might help us solve this case
Call the good police of Rockhampton anytime night or day
It’s a bright blue Stadium bicycle is what we seek to find
This bike is one of a kind.
Track Name: Rosie Reilly
I wish I was in my love's arms
I wish I was in my love's care
Two pied-ball ponies in my pocket
Rolling 'round and 'round the fair.

Rosie, Rosie Reilly.
Rosie, Rosie Reilly, Oh
I held Rosie in my arms
At the fair of Ballinasloe.

Ballinasloe was green and open
In the morning coming down
Rosie sitting, telling fortunes
Cross my palm with half-a-crown.

I didn't know she had a husband,
By far a bigger man than me,
I didn't know he had two brothers
Both as big and as bad as he.

I saw my brothers flinging bottles,
I saw my Da stretched on the ground
I saw meself with me head wide open
O Rosie Reilly where ya now

I wish I was in my love's arms
I wish I was in my love's care
Two pied-ball ponies in my pocket
Rolling 'round and 'round the fair.
Track Name: Apple of my Eye
Flying o'er the sea
My guitar and me
Forty thousand feet
What a brilliant feat
Go west, don't go east
A famine or a feast
We're treated better there
A homeless one is rare

I feel the city's lure
The apple of my eye I cherish her

Everybody's here
From all across the earth
Tongues and tribes galore
There isn't any war
I feel the city's lure
The apple of my eye
I cherish her
I feel the city's lure
The apple of my eye
I cherish her
New York, New York, I'm comin'
Track Name: Farewell to the gold
Shotover river, your gold it is waning
It's weeks since the colour I've seen
But it's no use just sitting and Lady Luck blaming
So I'll pack up and make the break clean

Farewell to the gold that never I found
Goodbye to the nuggets that somewhere abound
For it's only when dreaming that I see U gleaming
Down in the dark, deep underground

It's nearly two years since I left my old mother
For adventure and gold by the pound
With Jimmy the prospector - he was another
For the hills of Otago was bound

We worked the Cardrona's dry valley all over
Old Jimmy Williams and me
But they were panning good dirt on the winding Shotover
So we headed down there just to see

We sluiced and we cradled for day after day
Making hardly enough to get by
Til a terrible flood swept poor Jimmy away
During six stormy days in July
Track Name: Sean and Maria
Sean sits on his own for days now
Tip tapping the keyboard he’s looking for love
Looking for love some spiritual assistance from above.
If you’ve got a billboard he sure to advertise
He’s got dreams to fulfill, He’s running out of time
Surfin’ for a love surfin’ for a life
He knows he’s good enough
Deserves to get it right.

Maria’s been writing sad songs
Been in and out of relationships
she always gets it wrong.
She’s looking for love
Some spiritual assistance from above.
Surfin for a love, surfin for a life
She knows she’s good enough she deserves to get it right.
She’s on the line from Ontario Canadae
To Sean in Ballyvaughan who can only say Maria

Sean’s cleaned up at home the dogs out
Long drive to airport he gives his hair a comb
Looking for love
In a red and white airplane above
Maria hates travelling alone
Two double brandy’s before the journey had begun
Lookin’ for love
There’s a house in a field in place called Ballyvaughan.

Surfin’ for love surfin’ for life
Send your heart o down the line
Moments from Ontario, Canadae
Is Sean in Ballyvaughan who can only say O Maria

Sean is on his knees, Maria dances to him
And O Maria, you look like the child I once lost
Sean is off his knees , Maria dances with him.
Track Name: Lay Me Down
I will write you letters that
Explain the way I'm thinking now
I, I will return to you
What I have taken long before
I, I will return again
When it gets dark and day is done

And lay me down
In the hollowed ground
Down by your side I will stay
So lay me down

And if you wanna stay with me
Then let me know before it's light
I, I will recoil myself
Into the black and darkest night

And lay me down
In the hollowed ground
Down by your side I will stay
So lay me down
Track Name: 40 Shades of Blue
‘Me duele.No sé lo que me dices
Estoy confundida .No entiendo nada”

Was it something that I said or what I did,
To put you in this mood ?
These days you’ve got the clouds above your head,
40 shades of blue.

Seek professional help, is what we maybe need to do.
Because we are both at the end of our tether, I‘m close to losing you.
40 shades of blue.

“Nos peleamos Lloramos
A veces siento que me estoy volviendo loca
Ya no sé qué hacer Necesito ayuda”

Saw you holding on to the floor, Yeah the fear was all around.
Saw you holding on to the floor. Ah the fear was all around
Around and around and around.

“Triste, Estoy triste”
40 shades of blue.

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