Q | She kissed him a dozen times or two Along with "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye", it is one of the most graphic of all Irish folk songs that deal with sickness and injuries caused by warfare. Terms of use, WE ARE SO SORRY TO HEAR OF Coach's passing. Tom and Michelle McCarthy of Bradenton FL 34203 wrote: MRS MCGRATH AND FAMILY. The band included Jeremy Chatzky, Sam Bardfeld, Larry Eagle, Will Holshouser, and Red Suydam. Mrs McGrath – timeless anti-war song. Lyrics and chords. With a scarlet coat and a big cocked hat, Mrs. McGrath will you like that?" V | Springsteen toured with The Seeger Sessions Band throughout 2006. We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions is Bruce Springsteen's fourteenth studio album, released in 2006. Y | Have you news of my son Ted? Or was it walking on the say John Loesberg, Folksongs and Ballads Popular in Ireland, Volume 3, Ossian, Cork. "Now I wasn't drunk and I wasn't blind when I left my two fine legs behind Too-ri-aa fol-did-dle-di-aa too-ri-oo-ri-oo-ri-aa During these sessions, all of the album's songs were cut live in the living room of Springsteen's farmhouse — they were not rehearsed and all arrangements were conducted by Springsteen as he and the band played them. D | Till she saw a ship sailing into the bay 5 | Is he living or is he dead?" Then we were blessed to have reunited in our senior years in Florida and the Cape. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album at the 49th Grammy Awards held in February 2007. P | Of these, critic Steven L. Jones singled out Minneapolis group Boiled in Lead's rendition, from their 1989 album From the Ladle to the Grave as a skillful modernization that also stayed true to the song's politics and "underlying rage and terror."[4]. "O captain dear, where have you been? T | Most of the above info about the studio sessions is taken from Brucebase and the Spring 2007 issue (#86) of Backstreets magazine. Springsteen changed the traditional lyrics slightly. In the original song, Mrs. McGrath would rather have her "son as he used to be than the King of France and his whole navy." On 29 Oct 1997, activist attorney and Appleseed founder Jim Musselman sent Springsteen a tape containing 14 Pete Seeger songs: JESSE JAMES, MY OKLAHOMA HOME, WE SHALL OVERCOME, HOBO'S LULLABY, I COME AND STAND AT EVERY DOOR, JOHN HENRY, MRS. MCGRATH, IF I HAD A HAMMER (THE HAMMER SONG), ROUTE 66 HIGHWAY BLUES, TALKING UNION, TIMES ARE GETTING HARD, WAIST DEEP IN THE BIG MUDDY, WALKING DOWN DEATH ROW, and WORDS WORDS WORDS. On 03 Oct 2006, when the tour had just hit Europe for the second swing, the album was reissued as We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions - American Land Edition. Oh Teddy McGrath the widow cried L | The album was issued in DualDisc format in the United States and Europe and a two-disc set (audio CD + DVD) in Europe and Japan. The DVD contains a 40-minute extended version of the original film plus new videos for four songs. Giordano would also join the E Street band in 2008. I'd rather have my son as he used to be than the King of America and his whole navy" Six songs were recorded during the first session (02 Nov 1997): JESSE JAMES, MY OKLAHOMA HOME, WE SHALL OVERCOME (eventually selected for the Pete Seeger tribute album), HOBO'S LULLABY, I COME AND STAND AT EVERY DOOR, and PRETTY BY FLOYD. Now Mrs McGrath the sergeant said With your too-ri-aa fol-ded-dle-di-aa too-ri-oo-ri-oo-ri-aa He was a huge influence on my life as a young man. Than the King of France and his whole navee. 3 | On 23 Sep 1997, Springsteen organized a private birthday party at his residence in Colts Neck, NJ, and hired The Gotham Playboys for the event. "He plays the song for you once, a couple of arrangement ideas. The Clancy Brothers recorded the song on the 1966 album Isn't It Grand Boys under the title "My Son Ted". Have you been sailing on the Med-it-tare-i-in? The song Mrs McGrath may be 200 years old but its theme and its appeal are timeless. Bruce Springsteen. Fiddler's Green recorded the song with slightly different lyrics for their 2009 album Sports Day at Killaloe. Now Mrs McGrath the sergeant said Would you like to make a soldier out of your son Ted? I’d rather have me son as he used to be Them stumps of trees won’t do at all Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc. Too-ri-aa fol-did-dle-di-aa too-ri-oo-ri-oo-ri-aa Your fine legs were your mothers’ pride Eight of the songs recorded during this second session ended up on the album. We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions was produced by Bruce Springsteen and Jon Landau and was released on Columbia Records on 25 Apr 2006. The CD (or CD side) contains the full album, while the DVD (or DVD side) features the entire album and two bonus tracks in PCM Stereo, in addition to a 30-minute film about the recording of the album. 1 | Report illegal content. [Live Apr 2006 version], 40-minute film about the recording of the album, includes filmed performances of JOHN HENRY, PAY ME MY MONEY DOWN, BUFFAO GALS, ERIE CANAL, O MARY DON'T YOU WEEP, JACOB'S LADDER, FROGGIE WENT A COURTIN', and SHENANDOAH, HOW CAN A POOR MAN STAND SUCH TIMES AND LIVE? She spied a ship come into the bay with her son from far away Took your two fine legs from the knees away, No I wasn’t drunk and I wasn’t blind Lyrics powered by LyricFind With your too-ri-aa fol-ded-dle-di-aa too-ri-oo-ri-oo-ri-aa Too-ri-aa fol-did-dle-di-aa too-ri-oo-ri-oo-ri-aa List of available versions of MRS. MCGRATH on this website: ( | In the original song, Mrs. McGrath would rather have her "son as he used to be than the King of France and his whole navy." In Springsteen's version, this is changed to "King of America.". Now were you drunk or were you blind when you left your two fine legs behind? [citation needed]. Too-ri-aa fol-did-dle-di-aa too-ri-oo-ri-oo-ri-aa H | When you left your two fine legs behind The text of this version is much shorter. Now Mrs. McGrath wouldn’t you like that? During a break in the tour in mid-2006, and then in late 2006 shortly after the tour's conclusion, he recorded several other songs. Or was it walking upon the sea that wore your two fine legs away?" With your too-ri-aa fol-ded-dle-di-aa too-ri-oo-ri-oo-ri-aa About the project, The Dubliners also recorded it on the 1965 EP In Person featuring Ronnie Drew, and later sung it to new lyrics, though keeping the tune of the original folk song, on the 1968 album Drinkin' and Courtin'. It is his first and so far only album of cover material, and his second consecutive non-E Street Band and non-rock music project. B | The band would later be invited to perform at two more birthday bashes at Springsteen's house, on 11 Oct 1998 and 14 Oct 2000. Other versions of MRS. MCGRATH were also officially released. In Springsteen's version, this is changed to "King of America." With scarlet coat and cockade hat J | N [Live 05 Jun 2006 version]. Nine songs were recorded during the second session (19 Mar 2005): ERIE CANAL, JOHN HENRY, O MARY DON'T YOU WEEP, PAY ME MY MONEY DOWN, OLD DAN TUCKER, FROGGIE WENT A COURTIN', SHENANDOAH, MRS. MCGRATH, and MICHAEL ROW YOUR BOAT ASHORE. Took my fine legs from the knees away. Here’s my son Ted now musha clear the way, Captain dear where have you been Too-ri-aa fol-did-dle-di-aa too-ri-oo-ri-oo-ri-aa Mrs. McGrath stood by the shore The album was recorded over the course of nine years at Thrill Hill East, Springsteen's home studio in Colts Neck, NJ: a one-day session on 02 Nov 1997, a one-day session on 19 Mar 2005, and a one-day session on 14 Jan 2006. "Growing up a rock n' roll kid I didn't know a lot about Pete's music or the depth of his influence," Springsteen later wrote in the liner notes of his 2006 album. Although the song probably dates from the time of the Peninsular Wars between 1807 and 1814, the earliest written account of it in Ireland was in 1876. With scarlet coat and cockade hat Now Mrs. McGrath wouldn’t you like that? Some of these later session details are now known and others may emerge over time. ", So the moral of the story is plain and clear, The Best of the Original Dubliners: DISC 3. Seven years later, soon after the conclusion of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's short Vote For Change Tour, Springsteen was liaising with manager Jon Landau regarding material for a potential future second volume of the Tracks boxed set. A new vocal track was recorded for BRING 'EM HOME on 18 May 2006 at Disclab Studios in Oslo, Norway. Have you got news of my son Ted? A 2-disc vinyl LP edition was also pressed in the U.S. and Holland. Bruce Springsteen Lyrics and chords. Springsteen had heard about a New York City roots/bluegrass band called The Gotham Playboys via future E Street Band violinist Soozie Tyrell who occasionally played live gigs with them. With your too-ri-aa fol-ded-dle-di-aa too-ri-oo-ri-oo-ri-aa There were not enough songs recorded on 02 Nov 1997 to fill an album, so the original 1997 musicians were contacted again and an additional recording session took place on 19 Mar 2005, just prior to Springsteen embarking on his Devils & Dust Solo Acoustic Tour. Springsteen undertook a third and final studio session on 21 Jan 2006 following the Devils & Dust Solo Acoustic Tour. Bruce Springsteen recorded a version of the song on his 2006 album, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. Now Mrs. McGrath lived on the shore and after seven years or more A | The album was critically acclaimed. This latter version tells the story of a country boy who goes to college in Dublin but fails due to spending all his money and time on "women and drink". Copyright 2020 When you left your two fine legs behind For the second and third recording sessions, Thom Zimny brought down a camera crew. The album contains Springsteen's interpretation of thirteen folk music songs associated with Pete Seeger. A cannonball on the fifth of May tore my two fine legs away" ", So Ciaran then wrote back to daddy, he said, "Dear Daddy. I | Author Unknown. Why didn’t you run from the cannonball? He allegedly joined in on some songs during the party. He headed to the record store, came back with an armful of Pete Seeger records, and proceeded to investigate and listen to his music. Waiting for her son for seven years or more C | This time it was only issued as a two-disc set (separate CD and DVD).      With your too-ri-aa fol-ded-dle-di-aa too-ri-oo-ri-oo-ri-aa Videos. Colm O'Lochlainn, Irish Street Ballads (1939), Robert Gogan 50 Great Irish Fighting songs, Music Ireland, Dublin 2005, Bruce Springsteen with The Sessions Band: Live in Dublin, "You Can't Win a Race with a Cannonball: Goya, Guernica & My Son John", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mrs._McGrath&oldid=975529585, Articles with unsourced statements from May 2017, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 29 August 2020, at 01:46. The album booklet's liner notes were also expanded. [1] Irish folk song collector Colm Ó Lochlainn described "Mrs. Grath" as "known to every true born citizen of Dublin". With your too-ri-aa fol-ded-dle-di-aa too-ri-oo-ri-oo-ri-aa F | Too-ri-aa fol-did-dle-di-aa too-ri-oo-ri-oo-ri-aa The project began in late 1997 when Springsteen agreed to contribute a recording for an upcoming Pete Seeger tribute album on Appleseed Recordings. The album was recorded with a large ensemble of musicians, and more were added for The Seeger Session Tour. 4 | U You been sailing the Mediterranean The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's album version of MRS. MCGRATH as released in 2006. R | Too-ri-aa fol-did-dle-di-aa too-ri-oo-ri-oo-ri-aa I wouldn’t take the shilling the sergeant paid Pete Seeger also recorded it live for "Pete Seeger in Concert: I Can See a New Day" (CBS, 1964). The general theme of the song is one of opposition to war. He's an extraordinary person, as well as an extraordinary singer." "All foreign wars I do proclaim live on blood and a mother's pain [4] The "My Son John" version of the song has been recorded by several different artists, including Martin Carthy with The Imagined Village, Tim Hart and Maddy Prior of Steeleye Span, Lew Bear, and actor John C. Reilly. Bruce Springsteen recorded the song with The Seeger Sessions Band during the second of the three Seeger Sessions (see the "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions" section below for more details) and released it on his 2006 album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.