Tuesday Night Irish Music Byte

Irish Music week continues…

Dropkick Murphys are an American Celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts. First playing together in the basement of a friend’s barbershop, they blended traditional folk rock and punk rock known as Celtic punk. Their influences include Stiff Little Fingers, The Pogues, The Clash, Thin Lizzy, The Dubliners, Hot Water Music, and the Swingin’ Utters.

Tonight’s video clip is the Dropkick Murphys playing the traditional Irish ballad  “Black Velvet Band” at a live performance in Boston on St. Patrick’s Day a few year’s back. We have provided the lyrics because we understand how difficult it can be for some of you to understand a Boston/Irish accent while screamed in traditional punk rock fashion. We have also provided a video clip of the more traditional Irish Rovers playing the same song so as not to offend you traditionalists. Please enjoy!

BLACK VELVET BAND

Her eyes, they shone like the diamonds.
You’d think she was queen of the land,
And her hair hung over her shoulders,
Tied up with a black velvet band.

In a neat little town they call Belfast, apprentice to trade I was bound.
And many an hour of sweet happiness I spent in that neat little town.
But bad misfortune came o’er me, and caused me to stray from the land
Far away from my friends and relations. They follow the black velvet band.

Her eyes, they shone like the diamonds.
You’d think she was queen of the land,
And her hair hung over her shoulders,
Tied up with a black velvet band.

Well, I went out strolling one evening, not meaning to go very far,
When I met with a frolicksome damsel. She was selling her trade in the bar.
A watch she took from a customer, and slipped it right into my hand.
Then the law came and put me in prison.
Bad luck to her black velvet band!

Her eyes, they shone like the diamonds.
You’d think she was queen of the land,
And her hair hung over her shoulders,
Tied up with a black velvet band.

Next morning, before judge and jury, for trial I had to appear.
And the judge, he said “my young fellow, the case against you is quite clear.
And seven long years is your sentence. You’re going to Van Diemen’s Land,
Far away from your friends and relations. They follow the black velvet band.”

Her eyes, they shone like the diamonds.
You’d think she was queen of the land,
And her hair hung over her shoulders,
Tied up with a black velvet band.

Now, come all ye jolly young fellows, I’ll have you take warning by me.
And whenever you’re out on the liquor, my lads, beware of the pretty colleens.
For they’ll fill you with whiskey and porter, til you are not able to stand.
And the very next thing that you know, my lads, you’ve landed in Van Diemen’s
Land.

Her eyes, they shone like the diamonds.
You’d think she was queen of the land,
And her hair hung over her shoulders,
Tied up with a black velvet band

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Posted on March 16, 2010, in Songs, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the warning. The cats were nowhere near this time when listening to the DKMs.

    • You’re simply the best. This st. Patrick’s week is a pretty big thing for this green family. This recent loss of our’s has made us all a bit more aware of our heritage.We’re looking for a little strength.

      • Now you have me blushing. The green-eyed cats send their purry love. As difficult as it is, you have the inner strength to get through this difficult time. And I’m sure you have many friends who will help you as well. (Now the cats have gone back to sleeping on the job, of course, like most cats.)

  2. ah, spoken like someone from a green family – St Patrick’s WEEK 🙂 Raise a glass to your loved one; cherish and celebrate the memories.

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