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Fiddler's Green (John Conolly) tabs, MIDI, videos
See also: Fiddler's Green (Denis Ryan)
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#283: YouTube video by davisbh1
©2006 ~ Used with permission ~

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As I roved by the dockside one evening so rare,
To view the still waters and take the salt air,
I heard an old fisherman singing this song:
"Oh, take me away, boys, my time is not long.

"Dress me up in my oilskins and jumper,
No more on the docks I'll be seen;
Just tell my old shipmates I'm taking a trip, mates,
And I'll see you someday in Fiddler's Green.

"Now, Fiddler's Green is a place, I've heard tell,
Where fishermen go if they don't go to hell;
Where the weather is fair and the dolphins do play,
And the cold coast of Greenland is far, far away.

"The sky's always clear and there's never a gale,
And the fish jump on board with a flip of their tail;
You can lie at your leisure, there's no work to do,
And the skipper's below, making tea for the crew.

"Dress me up in my oilskins and jumper,
No more on the docks I'll be seen;
Just tell my old shipmates I'm taking a trip, mates,
And I'll see you someday in Fiddler's Green.

"And when you're in dock and the long trip is through,
There's pubs and there's clubs and there's lasses there, too;
The girls are all pretty and the beer is all free,
And there's bottles of rum growing on every tree.

"Dress me up in my oilskins and jumper,
No more on the docks I'll be seen;
Just tell my old shipmates I'm taking a trip, mates,
And I'll see you someday in Fiddler's Green.

"I don't want a harp nor a halo, not me,
Just give me a breeze and a good rolling sea;
And I'll play my old squeezebox as we sail along,
With the wind in the rigging to sing me this song.

"Dress me up in my oilskins and jumper,
No more on the docks I'll be seen;
Just tell my old shipmates I'm taking a trip, mates,
And I'll see you someday in Fiddler's Green.

####.... John Conolly, 1966 (Copyright © 1970 for the world, March Music Ltd, March, Cambs, UK) ....####
The video above features an arrangement recorded by Spirit Of The Atlantic from St Anthony, NL, with lead vocals by Barry Davis (Take Me Away Boys, trk#5, 1999, recorded at B-Scene Studios, Alberta, British Columbia).

See more songs by Barry Davis.

A variant was also recorded by Schooner Fare (Our Maine Songs, 1999). It was the first song Schooner Fare ever sang together as a trio, and they credit it with having started them on the road to singing their brand of folk music.

See more songs by Schooner Fare.

Also recorded by Ed Power (Kitchen Songs: A Selection Of Newfoundland/Irish Music, trk#4, 1999, at Soundscape productions, Grand Falls-Windsor, arranged, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Mark Bishop).

See more songs by Ed Power.

A variant was also recorded by The Landsmen (Woods & Water, trk#4, 2006, produced by Lloyd Bartlett and recorded at Village Music, Corner Brook, NL).

See more songs by The Landsmen.

A variant was also recorded as Fiddler's Green by Denis Ryan (Let Me Fish Off Cape St Mary's, 2005).

The video below features a 1981 performance by John Barr aka "Little" John Cameron from Blantyre, Scotland and Torbay, NL [1943-2002] in front of a live Newfoundland Television (NTV) audience, as recorded on his album (Sit Down, Mr Music Man, trk#4, ©1967, Cynda Records, A Division of Boot Records, Toronto, Ontario, Distributed by London Records of Canada, Ltd).


See more songs by "Little" John Cameron.

#1271: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

The video below features a variant recorded by Harry Hibbs (The All New Harry Hibbs With Shrimp Cocktail, trk#1, 1972, Arc Sound Ltd, Toronto, Ontario, remastered and released in 2002 by Robert Matichak, Unidisk Studios, Montreal, Quebec).

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#747: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

The video below features a recording of a variant by Corey & Trina with instrumental backing by the Country Ducats (Songs of Newfoundland's Corey Trina Variety Show, trk#7, 1974 LP, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario, recorded at Memorial University Studios, St John's, NL.

#1886: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

The video below features a recording by The White Family [John White and his family (Put Your Hand In The Hand, trk#5, 1973, Audat Records, Oshawa, ON).

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#1086: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

The video below features a variant recorded by Eddie Coffey (The Girls From Newfoundland, trk#3, 1977 LP, Don Park Music Inc, Markham, ON; My Sweet Forget Me Not, trk#3, ©1980 LP, The Great Canadian Music Co, Toronto, ON; Come Closer Eastcoaster, trk#11, ©1997 CD, RMS Recording and Production, North York, ON).

See more songs by Eddy Coffey.

#2028: YouTube video by NLTreasure
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~

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(As arranged by Schooner Fare)

(Capo fourth fret)

As I walked down the dockside one evenin' so [Bm] fair,
(A-capella till [Bm] strum once.)
To [D] view the still [G] waters and [D] take the salt [A] air,
(Strum each chord softly once.)
I [G] heard an old [A] fisherman [F#m] singin' this [Bm] song,
Saying, [G] "Take me away boys, me [Em] time is not [A] long." [A7]
(On [Em] start the rythym strum.)

Chorus:
Wrap me [D] up in me [A] oilskins and [D] jumper, [D7]
No [G] more on the [D] docks I'll be [Em] seen; [A]
Just [G] tell me old [A] shipmates I'm [F#m] takin' a [Bm] trip, mates,
And [Em] I'll see you one day in [A] Fiddler's [D] Green. [G] [D]

Now, Fiddler's [G] Green is a [D] place, I've heard [Bm] tell,
Where [D] fishermen [G] go if they [D] don't go to [A] hell;
Where the [G] weather is [A] fair and the [F#m] dolphins do [Bm] play,
And the [G] cold coasts of Greenland are [Em] far, far a- [A] way. [A7]

Chorus:
Wrap me [D] up in me [A] oilskins and [D] jumper, [D7]
No [G] more on the [D] docks I'll be [Em] seen; [A]
Just [G] tell me old [A] shipmates I'm [F#m] takin' a [Bm] trip, mates,
And [Em] I'll see you one day in [A] Fiddler's [D] Green. [G] [D]

Yes, the weather is [G] fair and there's [D] never a [Bm] gale,
And the [D] fish jump a- [G] board with one [D] swish of their [A] tail;
You can [G] lie in your [A] hammock, there's [F#m] no work to [Bm] do,
And the [G] skipper's below, makin' [Em] tea for the [A] crew. [A7]

Chorus:
Wrap me [D] up in me [A] oilskins and [D] jumper, [D7]
No [G] more on the [D] docks I'll be [Em] seen; [A]
Just [G] tell me old [A] shipmates I'm [F#m] takin' a [Bm] trip, mates,
And [Em] I'll see you one day in [A] Fiddler's [D] Green. [G] [D]

Now, I don't need a [G] harp nor a [D] halo, not [Bm] me,
Just [D] give me a [G] ship and a [D] good rollin' [A] sea;
And I'll [G] play me old [A] squeeze-box as [F#m] we roll a- [Bm] long,
With the [G] wind in the riggin' to [Em] sing me a [A] song. [A7]

Chorus:
Wrap me [D] up in me [A] oilskins and [D] jumper, [D7]
No [G] more on the [D] docks I'll be [Em] seen; [A]
Just [G] tell me old [A] shipmates I'm [F#m] takin' a [Bm] trip, mates,
And [Em] I'll see you one day in [A] Fiddler's [D] Green. [G] [D]

Chorus:
Wrap me [D] up in me [A] oilskins and [D] jumper, [D7]
No [G] more on the [D] docks I'll be [Em] seen; [A]
Just [G] tell me old [A] shipmates I'm [F#m] takin' a [Bm] trip, mates,
And [Em] I'll see you one day in [A] Fiddler's [D] Green. [G] [D]

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~


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