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Title:

Johnny Jump Up (Traditional (arr. by Beatnik Turtle Music))

Related:

RPM Challenge Songs, Irish Songs, Drinking Songs

Lyrics:

I'll tell you a story that happened to me
One day as I went down to Cork-By-The-Sea
The sun it was hot and the day it was warm
Says I a quiet pint wouldn't do me no harm

I went in and I called out for a bottle of stout
Says the barman, I'm sorry all the beer is sold out
Try whiskey or paddy ten years in the wood
Says I, I'll try a cider I've heard it's good

Oh never, oh never, oh never again
If I live to be a hundred or a hundred and ten
I fell to the ground and I couldn't get up
After drinking a quart of the Johnny Jump Up

After downing the third I went out to the yard
Where I bumped into Brody the big civic guard
Come here to me boy don't you know I'm the law?
Well, I up with me fists and then I shattered his jaw

He fell to the ground with his knees doubled up
But it wasn't I hit him 'twas Johnny Jump Up
The next thing I remember down in Cork-By-The-Sea
Was a cripple on crutches and says he to me

I'm afraid for me life I'll be hit by a car
Won't you help me across to the Celtic Knot Bar?
After downing a quart of that cider so sweet
He threw down his crutches and he danced on his feet

Oh never, oh never, oh never again
If I live to be a hundred or a hundred and ten
I fell to the ground and I couldn't get up
After drinking a quart of the Johnny Jump Up

I went up to the lee road a friend for to see
They call it the madhouse in Cork-By-The-Sea
But when I got there sure the truth I will tell
They had this poor bugger locked up in a cell

Said the guard testing him say these words if you can
"Around the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran"
Tell him I'm not crazy tell him I'm not mad
It was only a sip of that bottle I had

Oh never, oh never, oh never again
If I live to be a hundred or a hundred and ten
I fell to the ground and I couldn't get up
After drinking a quart of the Johnny Jump Up

Well a man died in the mines by the name of McNabb
And they washed him and laid him outside on the slab
And after the parlors measurements did take
His wife brought him home to a bloody fine wake

Twas about 12 o'clock and the beer was high
The corpse sits up and says with a sigh
I can't get to heaven they won't let me up
Til I bring them a quart of that Johnny Jump Up

Oh never, oh never, oh never again
If I live to be a hundred or a hundred and ten
I fell to the ground and I couldn't get up
After drinking a quart of the Johnny Jump Up

Oh never, oh never, oh never again
If I live to be a hundred or a hundred and ten
I fell to the ground and I couldn't get up
After drinking a quart of the Johnny Jump Up

So if ever you go down to Cork-By-The-Sea
Stay out of the ale house and take it from me
If you want to stay sane don't you dare take a sup
Of that devil drink cider called Johnny Jump Up

Song Notes:

Never never again. How many times have we all uttered that statement the "morning after?" This song from our new album Sham Rock explores the regrets from the night before and blames it all on "the drink."

Performance:

Lead Vocals: Andrew Rose-Rankin
Backing Vocals: Andrew Rose-Rankin
Lead Guitar: Tom Roper
Rhythm Guitar: Tom Roper
Drums: John Owens
Keyboards: Jason Feehan


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