The Orange and The
and music traditional
it is the biggest mix-up that you have ever seen.
My father, he was Orange
and me mother, she was green.
father was an Ulster man, proud Protestant was he.
My mother was a Catholic
girl, from county Cork was she.
They were married in two churches, lived
Until the day that I was born and things got rather tough.
Baptized by Father
Riley, I was rushed away by car,
To be made a little Orangeman, my father's
I was christened "David Anthony," but still, inspite
To me father, I was William, while my mother called me Pat.
Mother every Sunday, to Mass I'd proudly stroll.
Then after that, the Orange
lodge would try to save my soul.
For both sides tried to claim me, but i
was smart because
I'd play the flute or play the harp, depending where I
when I'd sing those rebel songs, much to me mother's joy,
Me father would
jump up and say, "Look here would you me boy.
That's quite enough of
that lot", he'd then toss me a coin
And he'd have me sing the Orange
Flute or the Heros of The Boyne
day me Ma's relations came round to visit me.
Just as my father's kinfolk
were all sitting down to tea.
We tried to smooth things over, but they all
began to fight.
And me, being strictly neutral, I bashed everyone in sight.
never could agree about my type of school.
My learning was all done at home,
that's why I'm such a fool.
They've both passed on, God rest 'em, but left
me caught between
That awful color problem of the Orange and the Green.
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Background: Another song Andrew learned from his much-beloved Irish Rovers. The song uses the same melody as Rising of the Moon. It's one of the few songs that actually pokes fun of the religious diffences of Ireland. I remember growing up and my dad told me that the Scottish wear orange on St. Patrick's Day. I didn't realize why until a couple years ago. One of the reasons for the division of Ireland into North and South Ireland is because the North is predominately Protestant (represented by the color Orange) and the South is predominately Catholic (represented by the color green).
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