MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
The Apple Praties
Cyril O'Brien NFLD 2 Tape 10A Track 7
Trepassey Audio:
Ballad

My name is Kell O'Mannon l was born in sweet Killarney
I can fight dance or sing I can plough reap or mow
And if I meet a pretty girl I never practice blarney
There's something more, which perhaps you'd like to know

I am not of your ________ or a shabby family
I am to my pedigree a pretty title show
I am of the olden Macks (?) likewise of the sturdy _____
That live and toil in Ireland where the apple praties grow
Oh that live and toil in Ireland where the apple praties grow

I could a deal relate could l but trace my pedigree
My uncle was a ______________________

Speaks: No l can't get the rest of it now (?)
Sings:

I could a deal relate could I but trace my pedigree
My mother was a Hogan and my father I don't know
I’ve got ninety-nine relations in a place they call Ross Cabaree(?)
And each unto his name has a “Mack” or an “O”

My uncle was O’Callaghan, my Aunt she was O'Brannagan
And as to my character sure I can plainly show
I 'm a ranting roving blade oh that never was afraid
For l was born in Ireland where the apple praties grow
For l was born in Ireland where the apple praties grow

May the heavens still protect our hospitable counteree
Where first I drew my living breath to hear its cocks to crow
Adieu to its fair hills and its lovely bay of _______
Where many a pleasant evening my love and I did go

Where shoals of fish so pleasantly would sport about so merrily
Beneath its glossy surface their wanton tricks to play
There scenes l did enjoy like a gay unthinking boy
Wit' the lads that lived in Ireland where the apple praties grow
Wit' the lads that lived in Ireland where the apple praties grow

St. Patrick was our saint and a blessed man in truth was he
Great gifts unto our counteree he freely did bestow
He banished all the frogs and toads that sheltered in our country
And unto other regions he ordered them to go
And unto other regions he ordered them to go

There’s another fact undoubtedly that cannot contradicted be
Trace the Irish history and it will plainly show
Search the universe all round braver fellows can't be found
Than the boys that lived in Ireland where the apple praties grow
Than the boys that lived in Ireland where the apple praties grow


Notes


Text: The singer extols the virtues of Ireland, the pedigree of his family and the courage of Irishmen.

Tune: Internal refrain on the last two lines of verses 4, 6, 7 and 8. This refrain stretches these verses from four to five lines. The melody is repeated. The meter is 4/4 and the key is F major.

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