Dublin In The Rare Old Times Lyrics

The Dubliners


album: Track 7 in album Live From the Gaiety
release date: 2004
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length: 5:32

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Raised on songs & stories, heroes of re-known
The passing tales & glories that once was Dublin town
The hallowed halls & houses, the haunting childrens' rhymes
That once was Dublin city in the rare ould times

[Chorus:]
Ring a ring a rosie, as the light declines
I remember Dublin city in the rare ould times

My name it is Sean Demspey, as Dublin as can be
Born hard & late in Pimlico, in a house that ceased to be
By trade I was a cooper, lost out to redundancy
Like my house that fell to progress, my trade's a memory

& I courted Peggy Dignan, as pretty as you please
A rogue & a child of Mary, from the rebel liberties
I lost her to a student chap with a skin as black as coal
When he took her off to Birmingham, she took away my soul

[Chorus]

The years have made me bitter, the gargle dims my brain
'Cause Dublin keeps on changing & nothing stays the same
The Pillar & the Met have gone, the Royal long since pulled down
As the great unyielding concrete makes a city of my town

[Chorus]

Fare thee well sweet Anna Liffey, I can no longer stay
& watch the new glass cages, that spring up along the quay
My mind's too full of memories, too old to hear new chimes
I'm part of what was Dublin in the rare ould times

[Chorus]

Track Listing

  • 1 The Black Velvet Band
  • 2 The Foggy Dew
  • 3 The Banks of the Roses
  • 4 Carrickfergus
  • 5 McAlpine's Fusiliers
  • 6 Seven Drunken Nights
  • 7 Don't Give Up 'til It's Over
  • 8 South Australia
  • 9 Dublin in the Rare Old Times
  • 1 Whiskey in the Jar
  • 2 Grace
  • 3 The Showman's Fancy / The Wonder Hornpipe / The Swallow's Tail
  • 4 The Wild Rover
  • 5 Raglan Road
  • 6 RĂ³isin the Bow
  • 7 The Fields of Athenry
  • 8 Marino Casino / Gerry Cronins Reel / Denis Langtons Reel / The Irish Washerwoman
  • 9 Dirty Old Town
  • 10 The Irish Rover
  • 11 Molly Malone