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Raised on songs & stories, heroes of re-known
The passing tales & glories that once was Dublin town
The hallowed halls & houses, the haunting childrens' rhymes
That once was Dublin city in the rare ould times

Ring a ring a rosie, as the light declines
I remember Dublin city in the rare ould times

My name it is Sean Demspey, as Dublin as can be
Born hard & late in Pimlico, in a house that ceased to be
By trade I was a cooper, lost out to redundancy
Like my house that fell to progress, my trade's a memory

& I courted Peggy Dignan, as pretty as you please
A rogue & a child of Mary, from the rebel liberties
I lost her to a student chap with a skin as black as coal
When he took her off to Birmingham, she took away my soul


The years have made me bitter, the gargle dims my brain
'Cause Dublin keeps on changing & nothing stays the same
The Pillar & the Met have gone, the Royal long since pulled down
As the great unyielding concrete makes a city of my town


Fare thee well sweet Anna Liffey, I can no longer stay
& watch the new glass cages, that spring up along the quay
My mind's too full of memories, too old to hear new chimes
I'm part of what was Dublin in the rare ould times


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    UnregisteredApr 9, 2014 at 4:40 am
    I was a Dubliner during the 60s and then header south once I had finished Study and travel. Now in Sydney Australia and get back to Dublin every few years. Yep it has changed Even Moore St. is not the same, but the place has a real place in my heart. I loved the Song then and even more now.
    "More balls than a snooker Hall" as my uncle used to say about Dubliners.
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    UnregisteredMay 8, 2012 at 10:16 pm
    My dads favorite dubliners song, born and breed in dublin and left for a life in london in the 60's. He played this song and the whole dubliners lp in our house every sunday whilst cooking a sunday roast. It brings back such lovely memories and sad too as this was his funeral song not so long ago. I hear him singing in his dublin accent every time i hear it. I'm currently learning to play this on the tin whistle too.x
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    ConnorO370Sep 6, 2008 at 5:21 pm
    This song really shows how Dublin is changing
    And being a native to Dublin I see what they mean.
    Even my town is becoming a concrete jungle there's buildings everywhere!
    Anyway its a really good song.HERES TO THE DUBLINERS
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    UnregisteredAug 27, 2014 at 1:00 am
    It could have been written about anywhere â€" it just so happens to be Dublin. All it means is how much has changed over time. On my birth certificate is says County Borough of Brighton. It is now City of Brighton and Hove! I guess we are all growing old. Love the song â€" so meaningful.

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