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MOLLY MALONE (Aka COCKLES AND MUSSELS and IN DUBLIN'S FAIR CITY) traditional Thought to originate in the 1830s, it is the unofficial anthem of Dublin City Ireland. The actual name Molly Malone (referred to in song/verse) appears earlier in time (1700s). This fable's origins are hotly contested between the Irish and the Scottish (Scots) to this day and has become an urban legend. (some credit James Yorkston & Edmund Forman as the first to be credited with their 1884 published version, but the song was known earlier.) Gray Gordon & His Orch. (vocal: Art Perry) - 1940 Maxine Sullivan - 1940 & 1955 Josh White - 1946 Mary Mayo - 1950 Burl Ives - 1958 Tammy Grimes - 1959 Arthur Murphy - 1959 Frank Parker - 1959 Jane Morgan - 1960 Bill Shepherd Singers - 1960 The Punchinellos - 1960 The Limeliters - 1961 Pete Seeger - 1962 Karen James - 1962 The Hi-Lo's (with Billy May & His Orch.) - 1962 Kai Winding (Instr.) - 1962 Cisco Houston - 1964 John Gary - 1965 Mike Douglas - 1965 The Bachelors - 1966 Robert White - 1977 Village Green - 1978 Heino (German lyric adapted by A. von Kleebsattel) - 1980 Seán Brady & Chorus - 1983 Brush Shiels - 1999 Sinéad O'Connor - 2002 Also recorded by: Deanna Durbin; The Dubliners; Frank Harte; Sean Wilson; Danny Kaye; Kate Smith; The Saturdays; The Dolomites; Hoagy Carmichael; Santiano; Jamie Block; Mechau Family; Phil Coulter; Fiffin Market; Susan Reed; Herman Chittison Trio; Seona McDowell; Michael Hurley; Shanty-Chor Cuxhaven; Hudson Orch. & Singers; Rapalje; Renaud; Sarah Moore; Richard Dyer-Bennett; Joe Lynch; Storktown Dixie Kids; David Summerford; Johnny Logan; Ian McCulloch & Paul Harrington; Janu; Dave Pell; U2; Morton Downey; Ronnie Drew ......... and many others. In Dublin's fair city, where the girls are so pretty I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone As she wheeled her wheelbarrow Through streets broad and narrow Crying cockles and mussels alive-alive-o! Alive-alive-o! Alive-alive-o! Crying cockles and mussels alive-alive-o! She was a fishmonger and sure 'twas no wonder For so were her father and mother before And they each wheeled their barrows through streets broad and narrow Crying cockles and mussels alive-alive-o! Alive-alive-o! Alive-alive-o! Crying cockles and mussels alive-alive-o! She died of a fever and no one could save her And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone Now her ghost wheels her barrow through streets broad and narrow Crying cockles and mussels alive-alive-o! Alive-alive-o! Alive-alive-o! Crying cockles and mussels alive-alive-o! **************** SWEET MOLLY MALONE as recorded by Deanna Durbin (1930s) In Dublin's fair city Where girls are so pretty 'Twas there that I met My sweet Molly Malone. She wheel'd her wheel barrow Through streets broad and narrow Cryin' cockles and mussels Alive, alive oh. Alive, alive oh Alive, alive oh Cryin' cockles and mussels Alive, alive oh. (short bridge) She was a fishmonger And sure 'twas no wonder For so were her father And mother also. They each wheel'd their barrow Through streets broad and narrow Cryin' cockles and mussels Alive, alive oh. She died of the fever And nothin' could save her And that was the end Of sweet Molly Malone. Now her ghost wheels her barrow Through streets broad and narrow Cryin' cockles and mussels Alive, alive oh. Alive, alive oh Alive, alive oh Cryin' cockles and mussels Alive, alive oh. (Transcribed by David Story - August 2013) **************** MOLLY MALONE As recorded by MAXINE SULLIVAN: Cockles and mussels alive-alive-o! In Dublin's fair city, where girls are so pretty That's where he first met her, sweet Molly Malone She wheeled her wheelbarrow through streets wide and narrow Crying cockles and mussels alive-alive-o! She was a fishmonger and sure it's no wonder For her father and mother were fishmongers too They wheeled a wheelbarrow through streets wide and narrow Crying cockles and mussels alive-alive-o! He asked her to marry, she said, "'Twould be grand" But to leave her dear Dublin, she'd not give her hand So they both wheel a barrow through streets wide and narrow Crying cockles and mussels alive-alive-o! This is a story very old Of a girl who was his all alone She was the one he would not forget And her name was sweet Molly, sweet Molly Malone He asked her to marry, she said, "'Twould be grand" But to leave her dear Dublin, she'd not give her hand So they both wheel a barrow through streets wide and narrow Crying cockles and mussels alive-alive-o!

    


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