THE BODHRAN SONG
(Brian O'Rourke - M�C Music)
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Oh I am a year old kid
I'm worth scarcely fifteen quid.
I'm the kind of beast you might well look down on
But my value will increase
At the time of my decease
For when I grow up I want to be a bodhr�n.
If you kill me for my meat
You won't find me very sweet.
Your palate I'm afraid I'll soon turn sour on.
Ah but if you do me in
For the sake of my thick skin
You'll find I make a tasty little bodhr�n.
Now my parents Bill and Nan,
They do not approve my plan
To become a yoke for every yob to pound on
Ah but I would sooner scamper
With a bang than with a whimper
And achieve reincarnation as a bodhr�n.
I look forward to the day
When I leave off eating hay
And become a drum to entertain a crowd on
And I'll make my presence felt
With each well-delivered belt
As a fully qualified and licensed bodhr�n.
And 'tis when I'm killed and cured
My career will be assured
I'll be a skin you'll see no scum nor scour on
But with studs around my rim
I'll be sound in wind and limb
And I'll make a dandy, handy little bodhr�n.
Oh my heart with joy expands
When I dream of far-off lands
And consider all the streets that I will sound on
And I pity my poor ma
Who has never seen a Fleadh
Or indulged in foreign travel as a bodhr�n.
For a hornpipe or a reel
A dead donkey has no feel
Or a horse or cow or sheep that has its shroud on
And you can't join in a jig
If you're a former grade A pig
But you can wallop out the lot if you're a bodhr�n.
So if e'er you're feeling low
To a session you should go
And bring me there to exercise an hour on.
You can strike a mighty thump
On my belly, back or rump
But I thank you if you'd wait till I'm a bodhr�n.
When I dedicate my hide,
I'll enhance the family pride
And tradition is a thing I won't fall down on
For I'll bear a few young bucks
Who'll inherit my good looks
And be proud to know their old one is a bodhr�n.
And I don't think I'll much mind
When I've left himself behind
For the critter can no longer turn the power on
For with a celtic ink design
Tattooed on my behind
I can be a very sexy little bodhr�n
Now I think you've had enough
Of this rubbishy old guff
So I'll put a sudden end to my wee amhr�n
And quite soon my bloody bleat
Will become a steady beat
When I start my new existence as a bodhr�n.
From: Irish Traditional Music List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Martin Healy
Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 12:17 AM
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Subject: Re: question
I think that song was written by Brian O'Rourke.
"This is a wonderful tongue in cheek ditty by Galway writer Brian O'Rourke,
about a goat whose sole ambition in life is to become an Irish drum. Brian
has written and recorded several comedic and satirical songs."
From: Irish Traditional Music List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
Behalf Of pat holub
Sent: Tuesday, 30 August 2011 11:53 AM
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I'm sure at least one of you--probably more than one of
you--knows this. What's the name of the guy who wrote the song about
the little goat who wants to be a bodhran when he dies? I have a
tape cassette of him singing his songs, and I'm thinking of going
through my Irish music cassettes to try to find it. I haven't gone
through those cassettes in years, but, since they're in
alphabetically arranged groups, I have a good chance of finding it,
if I know his name. (BTW, the very good version I have of this song
on CD is by Colm O'Donnell.)
Thanks in advance.