A COLLECTION OF IRISH (AND SCOTS) SONGS

Collected and transcribed by Joe Bethancourt

Thanks to The Irish Rovers, Tom and Marie Teven, Shelley Rabinowitz, Karen Jolley, Andy Stewart, Kirby Wise, Seamus McCafferty, Rich Bailey, and a bunch of other rounders and roarers and pub-crawling lovers of Irish music who have contributed to this database.

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A

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 

 

AIKENDRUM

 

AIR FALALALO

 

THE ALCOHOLIC’S ANTHEM

 

ALISON GROSS

 

ALL AROUND MY HAT

 

ALL FOR ME GROG

 

THE ANCIENT AND OLD IRISH CONDOM

 

ANNA THEA

 

THE ANTI-UNICORN SONG Broad Black Brimmer W.J.Bethancourt III

 

ARTHUR MCBRIDE AND THE SERGEANT

 

AS I LEAVE BEHIND NEIDIN Jimmy MacCarthy

 

AS I ROVED OUT

 

AUNTIE BELLA

 


B

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

BACK HOME IN DERRY

 

THE BANE OF THE COUNTY DOWN Star Of The County Down W.J. Bethancourt

 

THE BANKS OF SICILY Farewell to the Creeks Hamish Henderson

 

THE BANKS OF THE ROSES

 

THE BANTAM COCK

 

THE BARNYARDS O’DELGATY

 

GLORIOUS BEER

 

THE BEGGAR MAN

 

BLACK VELVET BAND

 

THE BOLD O’DONOHUGHE

 

BOLD THADY QUILL

 

BONNETS OF BONNIE DUNDEE

 

BONNIE GEORGE CAMPBELL

 

THE BONNIE SHIP THE DIAMOND

 

BORED OF THE DANCE

 

THE BRAES O’ KILLIECRANKIE

 

BRENNAN ON THE MOOR

 

BROAD BLACK BRIMMER

 

BROOM O’ THE COWDENKNOWES

 

A BUCKET OF THE MOUNTAIN DEW

 

COME OUT YE BLACK AND TANS!

 

THE BOLD FENIAN MEN

 


C

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

CALEDONIA Dougie Maclean

 

CAM YE O’ER FRAE FRANCE?

 

CARRICKFERGUS

 

THE CHILL EASTERN WINDS

 

COCKLES AND MUSSELS

 

COME O’ER THE STREAM CHARLIE

 

CONTINENTAL CEILIDH

 

COULTER’S CANDY

 

COURTIN’ IN THE KITCHEN

 

THE CRAIC WAS NINETY IN THE ISLE OF MAN

 


D

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

DANNY BOY

 

I’M A DARLIN’

 

DINNY THE PIPER

 

THE DOG IN THE MICROWAVE Lincolnshire Poacher Ken Johnson

 

DONALD MAC GILLAVRY

 

DONALD WHERE’S YOUR TROUSERS?

 

DUBLIN IN THE RARE OLD TIMES

 

DUMBARTON’S DRUMS

 

DUNDEE CAT

 


E

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

EILEEN AROON Gerald Griffin

 


F

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

FAIRIES LOVE SONG

 

FAREWELL TO THE RHONDDA

 

FIDDLER’S GREEN

 

THE FIELDS OF ATHENRY

 

FINNIGAN’S WAKE

 

THE PORTREE KID

 

FLOWER OF SCOTLAND Roy Williamson

 

THE WORK OF THE LANDLORD

 

MISS FOGARTY’S CHRISTMAS CAKE

 

THE FOGGY DEW

 

FOLLOW ME UP TO CARLOW Patrick J. McCall

 

FOUR GREEN FIELDS Tommy Makem

 

FROM CLARE TO HERE

 

THE WORK OF THE LANDLORD Work of the Weavers Stephen L. Suffet

 


G

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

GALWAY BAY

 

GALWAY BAY (parody version)

 

THE GALWAY RACES

 

GEORDIE

 

GLENWHORPLE (THE “G” SONG)

 

GOD SAVE IRELAND T. D. Sullivan

 

THE GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUN Wm. Butler Yeats

 

GOLDEN, GOLDEN Andy Stewart

 

THE GOOD SHIP KANGAROO

 

THE GREAT SILKIE

 

THE GREEN FIELDS OF FRANCE

 

GREEN SHAMROCK SHORE

 


H

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

HARD TIMES OF OLD ENGLAND

 

HARVEST THE MOON

 

HASTE TO THE WEDDING

 

HEATHER ON THE MOOR

 

WITH HER HEAD TUCKED UNDERNEATH HER ARM

 

THE HIGHWAYMAN Alfred Noyes Phil Ochs

 

THE HILLS OF CONNEMARA

 

THE HIPPIES AND THE BEATNICKS-O

 

HO-RO, MY NUT BROWN MAIDEN

 

THE HOLY GROUND

 

HOW PADDY STOLE THE ROPE

 


I

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

I’LL TELL ME MA

 

I’M A ROVER

 

THE IRISH ROVER

 

IRISH SOLDIER BOY

 

IRISH SOLDIER LADDIE

 

ISLAND MEN

 


J

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

JENNY LASS (JOHNNY LAD)

 

JOCK STEWART

 

JOHNNIE COPE

 

JOHNNY JUMP UP

 

JOHNNY MC ELDOO

 

JUG OF PUNCH

 


K

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

KELLY OF KILLANE

 

KILKELLY IRELAND Peter and Steve Jones

 


L

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

LAKES OF PONCHARTRAIN

 

LAMENT FOR OWEN ROE O’NIELL Cumha Eoghan Ruaidh U� N�ill

 

LAMENT OF THE IRISH IMMIGRANT

 

LANNIGAN’S BALL Michael McCann

 

THE LARK IN THE MORNING

 

LASSIE LIE NEAR ME

 

LASSIE WI’ THE YELLOW COATIE

 

LEAVING OF LIVERPOOL

 

LET MICK MCGUIRE SIT DOWN

 

LOCH LOMOND

 

LOCH TAY BOAT SONG

 

LOCK THE DOOR, LARRISTON! James Hogg

 

LORD GREGORY

 

LORD NELSON Tommy Makem

 

LORD OF THE DANCE Sydney Carter

 

LOVER’S HEART Andy Stewart & Phil Cunningham

 

THE LUM HAT WANTIN’ THE CROON

 


M

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

MACINTYRE

 

MacNAMARA’S BAND

 

MACPHERSON’S FAREWELL

 

MAGGIE Geo. W. Johnson J. A. Butterfield

 

MAIDS WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG NEVER WED AN OLD MAN

 

MANYURA, MANYAH! Matt McGinn

 

MARIE’S WEDDING

 

Mary and the Soldier

 

MARY HAMILTON

 

MARY MACK

 

Matt Hyland

 

THE MEN BEHIND THE WIRE

 

THE MERMAID

 

THE MERRY PLOUGHBOY Dominic Behan

 

MICROWAVED DOG Lincolnshire Poacher

 

MINGULAY BOAT SONG Lochaber

 

MINGULAY BOAT SONG

 

Mna na hEireann Peadar O’Dorinin

 

THE MOONSHINER

 

TO MORROW

 

MOSES RI-TOORAL-I-AY Brain O’Higgins

 

THE MOUNTAINS OF MOURNE Percy French

 

MUIRSHEEN DURKIN

 

MY OLD MAN’S A DUSTMAN

 


N

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

A NATION ONCE AGAIN Thomas Davis

 

THE NIGHTINGALE

 

NOT BRIGHT, AND I DON’T CARE Whiskey In The Jar Robert Cooke

 


O

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

O’DONNELL ABU The Clan Connell War Song M.J.McAnn

 

THE OLD ORANGE FLUTE Betsy From Pike

 

ONE SUNDAY MORNIN’

 

ONLY OUR RIVERS RUN FREE Michael MacConnell

 

Or� s� do Bheatha Abhaile D�rd Fianna

 


P

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

PADDY McGlNTY’S GOAT

 

PADDY O’CONNOR Patrick Connors

 

PPADDY’S GREEN SHAMROCK SHORE

 

THE PARISH OF DUNKELD

 

THE PARTING GLASS

 

PATRICK FAGAN

 

THE PATRIOT GAME Dominic Behan

 

PEGGY GORDON

 

PEGGY-O

 

THE PIPER O’DUNDEE

 

PLANXTY SEAMUS Wearin’ O’the Green W.J.Bethancourt III

 

PLOOBOY LADDIES

 

PORTADOWN RACES The Blaydon Races

 

THE PORTREE KID Ghost Riders in the Sky Bill Hill

 

PRIDE OF PETROVAR

 

THE PUB WITH NO BEER Parsons

 


Q

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

THE QUEEN OF ARGYLL Andy Stewart

 


R

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

RAGLAN ROAD

 

RAMBLIN’ IRISHMAN

 

RAMBLIN’ ROVER Andy Stewart

 

THE RATTLIN’ BOG

 

RED IS THE ROSE

 

REILLY’S DAUGHTER

 

THE RISING OF THE MOON

 

THE ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN

 

RODDY McCORLEY Ethna Carberry

 

THE ROSES OF PRINCE CHARLIE

 

ROSIN THE BEAU

 

ROTHSAY-O

 


S

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

S GANN GU’N DIRICH MI CHAOIDH Norman Nicolson

 

SALLY GARDENS Maids of the Mourne Shore W. B. Yeats

 

SCOTLAND THE BRAVE

 

HE SEVEN DEADLY SINS The Kipper Family

 

SEVEN NIGHTS DRUNK

 

SEVEN OLD LADIES “Oh Dear, What Can The Matter Be?”

 

SHALL MY SOUL PASS THRU OLD IRELAND? Kevin Barry

 

SHE MOVED THRU THE FAIRE Padraic Colum

 

SHIVNA

 

THE SHOALS OF HERRING

 

SIC A PARCEL OF ROGUES IN A NATION

 

THE SICK NOTE In The Garden Where The Praties Grow Pat Cooksey

 

SILLY SLANG SONG Eric Bogle

 

SILVER WHISTLE

 

SKYE BOAT SONG

 

THE SLEEPING SCOTSMAN Mike Cross

 

THE SNOWY-BREASTED PEARL

 

SOLDIERS SONG (Irish National Anthem) Peadar Kearney

 

SOME SAY THE DEVIL’S DEAD

 

SOUND THE PIBROCH Mrs. Norman MacLeod Sr

 

SPANCIL HILL

 

THE STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN

 

SULLIVAN’S JOHN Paddy Dunn

 

THE SUNDAY DRIVER

 

SURROUNDED BY WATER Dominic Behan

 


T

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

TAIL TODDLE

 

TAKE HER IN YOUR ARMS Andy Stewart

 

TEMPERANCE tune: Temperance Reel Bob Cockerall

 

THE TOWN THAT I LOVED SO WELL Phil Coulter

 

TWA CORBIES (Child #26) from Brittany: “Al Alarc’h”

 


U

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

UNQUIET GRAVE

 


W

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music

 


 

THE WEE COOPER O’ FIFE

 

THE WEE MAGIC STANE

 

THE WELLY BOOT SONG Billie Connelly

 

THE WEST’S ASLEEP

 

WESTERING HOME

 

WHA’LL BE KING BUT CHERLIE?

 

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU MARRIED A SOLDIER

 

WHISKEY ON A SUNDAY Glynn Hugues

 

WHISKY IN THE JAR

 

WHISKY YOU’RE THE DEVIL

 

WHISTLING GYPSY

 

THE WILD COLONIAL BOY

 

THE WILD ROVER

 

WILD ROVER – NO MORE! Wild Rover W.J.Bethancourt III

 

WILL YE GO, LASSIE, GO?

 

WILL YE NO COME BACK AGAIN

 

THE BALLAD OF WILLIAM BLOAT Raymond Calvert

 

WILLIE MACINTOSH

 

WILLIE MCBRIDE’S REPLY NO MAN’S LAND Stephen L. Suffet Eric Bogle

 

OLD WOMAN FROM WEXFORD

 

THE WORK OF THE WEAVERS

 

THE WORK OF THE WEAVERS – PARODY W.J. Bethancourt III

 


Z

 

Song Name Tune Lyrics Music