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  2. What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor
  3. Oranges and Lemons
  4. Ding Dong Bell
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  14. Ride a Cock Horse
  15. Girls and Boys Come Out To Play
  16. See Saw Marjory Daw
  17. The Grand Old Duke Of York
  18. The Water Is Wide
  19. Cockles and Mussels
  20. Dona Nobis Pacem

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Cockles and Mussels (Molly Malone)

Vocals: Douglas Milne, Backing Vocals: Helen Raw

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In Dublin's fair city, where girls are so pretty
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone
As she wheeled her wheel-barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!

Alive, alive-O! alive, alive-O!
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!

She was a fish-monger, but sure 'twas no wonder
For so were her father and mother before
And they each wheeled their barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!

Alive, alive-O! alive, alive-O!
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!

She died of a fever, and no one could save her
And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone
But her ghost wheels her barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!

Alive, alive-O! alive, alive-O!
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!

Origins of "Cockles and Mussels"

This legendary Irish folk ballad has a guilty secret - it's Scottish! It was written in the 1870s or early 1880s in Edinburgh by Scottish composer James Yorkston.

The earliest known publication was in 1883 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the third edition of William Henry Hill's "Student's Songs". This version does not credit a composer. It was published the following year in London by Francis Brothers and Day, as "Cockles and Mussels, or Molly Malone, Comic Song by James Yorkston". This version acknowledges that the song was reprinted by permission of Messrs Kohler and Son of Edinburgh. This suggests that Kohler and Son originally published Yorkston's song, though no copies are known to have survived.

Why Yorkston chose to set his song in Dublin and not in Edinburgh remains a mystery, although an earlier song, discovered by a bookseller in Hay-On-Wye, may shed some light. "Apollo's Medley", a book of theatre songs published in Doncaster in 1790, contains a song entitled "Sweet Molly Malone". It is set by the Hill of Howth, a fishing village in County Dublin. It may have been this character that Yorkston had in mind when composing "Cockles and Mussels".

By the big hill of Howth
That's a bit of an oath
That to swear by I'm loath,
To the heart of a stone;
But be poison my drink
If I sleep, snore or wink,
Once forgetting to think
Of your lying alone.

Och! it's how I'm in love,
Like a beautiful dove,
That sit's cooing above
In the bows of a tree;
For myself I'll soon smother
In something or other,
Unless I can bother
Your heart to love me,
Sweet Molly, sweet Molly Malone,
Sweet Molly, sweet Molly Malone!

I can see if you smile
Though I'm off half a mile,
For my eyes all the while
Keep along with my head;
And my head you must know
When from Molly I go,
Takes it's leave with a bow,
And remains in my stead

Och! it's how I'm in love,
Like a beautiful dove,
That sit's cooing above
In the bows of a tree;
For myself I'll soon smother
In something or other,
Unless I can bother
Your heart to love me,
Sweet Molly, sweet Molly Malone,
Sweet Molly, sweet Molly Malone!

Like a bird I could sing
In the month of the spring,
But it's now no such thing
I'm quite bother'd and dead;
Och! I'll roar and I'll groan,
My sweet Molly Malone,
Till I'm bone of your bone,
And asleep in your bed.

Och! it's how I'm in love,
Like a beautiful dove,
That sit's cooing above
In the bows of a tree;
For myself I'll soon smother
In something or other,
Unless I can bother
Your heart to love me,
Sweet Molly, sweet Molly Malone,
Sweet Molly, sweet Molly Malone!

"By The Big Hill Of Howth" was later published in 1830 by Atkinson & Co of Glasgow in Weekes' "The Shamrock: A Collection of Irish Songs". It was reprinted, in a subsequent review of "The Shamrock", in the 15 January 1831 edition of "The Edinburgh Literary Journal", with the title "Molly Malone".

Two different verses beginning with "Twas in Dublin's sweet city, Where the girls are so pretty" have been found in the notes of Victorian clown Thomas Lawrence. He records that he got them from John Gee, in Cheltenham, on 20 February, 1871.

There have been many attempts to find the real Molly Malone - popular folklore has it that she was a fishmonger by day, and worked the streets by night. She lived with her parents in or near Fishamble Street, in Dublin. She died of typhoid on 12 June 1699.

This is no more than conjecture, however. Records from St.John's Church, which was located near Fishamble Street, show a Mary Mallone, daughter of Robert, was baptised there on 27 July 1663, and buried there on 13 June 1699. Although Molly is a form of Mary, there have been many other Mary Mallone's born in the city over the centuries. There is no evidence to suggest that Mary Mallone was a fishmonger, or that the Molly Malone of the song ever existed - in fact she was probably based on the fishwives that James Yorkston would have seen plying their trade around Leith or Granton in Edinburgh.

Statue of Moly Malone selling cockles and mussels in Grafton STreet, DublinA statue of Molly Malone, designed by Jeanne Rynhart, was erected in Grafton Street, Dublin, to celebrate the city's first millennium in 1988. Due to her improbably plunging neckline, the statue is known locally by various names, eg "The tart with the cart", "The trollop with the scallop", "The dolly with the trolley", "The flirt in the skirt" or "The dish with the fish".

Cockles and Mussels was used in the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, where it is sung by a tramp. Kubrick credits the song to Yorkston.

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