Rosie Reilly

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Alan learned this traditional song from renown Irish folk singer Daoiri Farrell, at the National Folk Festival in Canberra. Daoiri thought he would do a grand version. Alan changed the timing signature to what he thought would better suit himself and the band.

lyrics

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.

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from Irishtown, released April 5, 2019
Traditional Arrangment Alan Kelly and the Barleyshakes

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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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