This is the first song I ever played in public. That was back in 1965 when I was still in the seminary, a year before I was ordained. On our patron saint’s feast day, St. Columban’s Day (November 23rd), we always put on some kind of show. “Old timers” (far younger than I am now) would sing their favorite songs. I remember that our moral theology prof, Tom McElligott, would sing “Mick McGuire” every year. Well, believe it or not, on this particular St. Columban’s Day, I had the gall to perform this little ditty. Later on, it became my signature party piece. I’ve done it a million times. (Still can’t get it exactly right!)
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Haha. loved this Mike…. it takes some singing and you certainly did it justice.
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Thanks, Brian. Resurrecting this talkin’ blues brought back fond memories of St. Columban’s Day and of Tom McElligott and the wonderful Irish tradition of sharing songs and party pieces. I miss that.
Terrific, Mike! I think of “talking blues” as a kind of precursor to rap or hip hop. I love the sly humor you slip into the lines.
Talkin’ blues are fun, aren’t they, Bob. I love Dylan’s, Guthrie’s, Cisco Huston’s, and even Peter Yarrow’s (Talkin’ Candy Bar Blues). You’re right about the rap and hip hop connections.