Swimming The Horses

by Gerry O'Beirne

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Singer-songwriter Gerry O’Beirne performs a new collection of songs and guitar pieces written in Dingle in West Kerry where he lives. He plays 6 and 12 string guitars, slide guitar, ukuleles, tiple, U-Bass, 5-string banjo and National steel guitar. More information on www.gerryobeirne.com

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released May 5, 2019

All songs and music by Gerry O'Beirne. Golden Hair is a setting of "Lean Out Of The Window" by James Joyce. Marbhna Luimnigh is an old Irish slow air. With Hammond organ by Rod McVey, and joined by singers Pauline Scanlon, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Teresa Horgan, Seamus Begley, Éilís Kennedy, Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich, Laurence Courtney and Dónal O'Connor. Recorded by Gerry in West Kerry. Mixed and mastered by Brian Masterson. Photographs by Gerry. Album design by Nooneboy.

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Gerry O'Beirne Dingle, Ireland

6 &12 string guitar, National steel, ukuleles etc.. his songs covered by Mary Black, Maura O'Connell .. has released four albums..toured solo and with Sharon Shannon, Patrick Street, Midnight Well, Andy M. Stewart, Kevin Burke, Andy Irvine, & the Waterboys. Performed at the White House, on Prairie Home Companion, opened for the Grateful Dead, played electric guitar with Marianne Faithfull. ... more

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Track Name: Swimming The Horses
they're swimming the horses down at the pier
they're going to race them again this year
you hear them blowing
throwing their heads up
over the waves

didn't we roam far when the weather was fine
laugh and drink the red red wine
like all the other drunken lovers climbing their ivy vines
to the moon

the winds out west will come back to haunt me
back here in this reverie
a strayaway cry is heard
it echoes like the night bird
out over Dooneen

they're swimming the horses down at the pier
they're going to race them again this year
you hear them blowing
throwing their heads up
over the waves
Track Name: The Last King Of Feothanach
Oh the Last King of Feothanach was wandering by my window
Head bent forward all along the windy quay
All my troubles evaporated when I heard the music
A moment of music with the sisters of the sea
And he, he was singing all alone in the whistling breeze

There's a hole in the heavens that the clouds made when they parted
A patch of the ocean only he can plainly see
When he closes his eyes he can hear his own true lover
A moment of music then she's gone so suddenly
And he, he is singing all alone in the whistling breeze

Try to catch the feeling the momentum of the moment
A moment of music oh say who could it be
He would ordinarily have liked to hear the blackbird
But the song of the raven won him over eventually
And he, he was singing all alone in the whistling breeze

There'll be flowers on the water when the last king leaves forever
In a moment of music we'll be waving from the quay
While the blackbird and the raven watch together
The last king of Feothanach will sail away to sea
And he, he'll be singing all alone in the whistling breeze
Track Name: All Down The Day
We got away from our terrible town
And happily crossed the water
All down the day
Down London way

Singing in a dingy room
And working in the morning
All down the day
Down London way

You were funny and you were free
You were my inspiration
All down the day
Down London way

With saveloy and cider can
The life of rainy day heroes
All down the day
Down London way
(break)

And then you went and you wandered home
When summertime was over
All down the day
Down London way

Down and out in London town
The black dog following after
All down the day
Down London way

Those rainy days were an old sweet song
That I know but I can’t remember
All down the day
Down London way

We got away from our terrible town
And happily crossed the water
All down the day
Down London way
Track Name: Where Foxglove
Where foxglove and the fuchsia grows fuchsia grows
And tumbles down to the sea
We looked into a midnight well
Reflected there imperfectly

The rhapsody of traffic swells traffic swells
The northside echoes with history
The rush hour crowds and old church bells
The flickering of a cinema screen

And what did you see in the midnight well midnight well
Were you only in a garden in the rain
What symphonies in Dublin town
In the rackety swaying of an evening train

And who will you love even so even so
When the crowds have faded by and by
Will all the birds be singing out
When morning calls upon our eyes
Track Name: The Old Coastal
There are moments that come so easily to mind
Like a first kiss of wind
And they tear away with you for ever

We're deep south and the day begins
With sunlight on bare skin
That shrouds the ways of your dreaming

All i really wanted to do
Was play the vagabond blues with you wherever you came from
Down at the crossroads we're all the same
And maybe we'll never find our way home
Oh I would tear away with you for ever

The famous gambles have all gone south
It's just another tall tale
From an old coastal rambler
Who tramps the winding river mouth
Boats washed up and creaking
As one by one clouds cross over

God's country and the devil's hand
I know them both well and
Isn't it a shame
That god and devil are the same
They take your time
Tear away all the your treasure

There are moments that come so easily to mind
Like a first kiss of wind
And they tear away with you for ever

The stars go out and the day begins
It's a good day to ramble on
Oh I would tear away with you for ever
Track Name: The Lights Of San Francisco
The Lights of San Francisco
Shone on the city floor
Joe worked on in the city
Till the dawn came around once more

He came from Galway
Came over recently
And Lucy from the USA
Smiled at his naivety

In the rocky places of his heart
No-one had ever seen
Lucy picking cockles
And Lucy planting seeds

Came the marching bands of July
And their silver shadows flew
Oh two by two red and blue
Drifting through the summer evening

He said “ All my troubles
Never wander very far
I like to hear music
But I like it on a blue guitar

And there is no end to the money
A guy wants to hold in his hand
The sky hung with airplanes
And no peace upon the land

And the orange fool on television
Who lies with every breath
And insults you with visions
Of cheap life and cheaper death

And there is no home for me now
But I’ll go on loving you
Until there is no more music
And the guitar is no longer blue”.
Track Name: The Banyan Guitar
there's a rusty old wreck of a car
hangin’ out in my yard
I play on a banyan guitar
when I'm feeling sad and blue
and the wind is blowing through

you walked through an open door
knowing what was true
the person that you loved
who didn't love you
when the wind was blowin' through

you can't stop the waterfall
or the bird that flew
we'll meet in John Benny's tonight
and have a deoch or two
or two
when the wind is blowing through

there's a rusty old wreck of a car
Hangin’ out in my yard
I’ll play on the banyan guitar
when the song is sad and blue
and the wind is blowin' through

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