Today is

   "A word to the wise ain't necessary --  
          it's the stupid ones that need the advice."
					-Bill Cosby

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Irish Christmas

I'm listening to my favorite Chrismas Album, The Bells Of Dublin by the Chieftans, which features a host of guest artists. This number by Paddy Maloney and Elvis Costello is a hoot:


I knew of two sisters whose name it was Christmas,
And one was named Dawn of course,
the other one was named Eve.
I wonder if they grew up hating the season,
The good will that lasts til the Feast of St. Stephen
For that is the time to eat, drink, and be merry,
Til the beer is all spilled and the whiskey has flowed.
And the whole family tree you neglected to bury,
Are feeding their faces until they explode.

There'll be laughter and tears over Tia Marias,
Mixed up with that drink made from girders.
’Cause it's all we've got left as they draw their last breath,
Ah, it's nice for the kids, as you finally get rid of them,
In the St Stephen's Day Murders.

Uncle is garglin' a heart-breaking air,
While the babe in his arms pulls out all that remains of his hair.
And we're not drunk enough yet to dare criticize,
The great big kipper tie he's about to baptize.
With his gin-flavoured whiskers and kisses of sherry,
His best Chrimbo shirt slung out over the shop.
While the lights from the Christmas tree blow up the telly,
His face closes in like an old cold pork chop.

And the carcass of the beast left over from the feast,
May still be found haunting the kitchen.
And there's life in it yet, we may live to regret,
When the ones that we poisoned stop twitchin'.


Blogger Conservative in Virginia said...

Never heard of it. I prefer a more traditional piece, though for some reason grandma doesn't care for it.

December 17, 2005 7:26 PM  
Blogger stewdog said...

I like that too, CIV. I have it on CD. But I love the Chieftans. A really interesting blend of different styles.
I was thinking the Silent Night might just possibly be my favorite Carol. And I'm not that nuts about the Little Drummer Boy.
Didn't grow up with I Wonder As I Wander, but that one has grown on me.

December 17, 2005 8:13 PM  

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