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The Dubliners – Dublin In The Rare Old Times lyrics

Raised on songs & stories, heroes of renown
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 Dempsey, 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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Corrected byAliceJH


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    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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    Yes, I remember Dublin in the rare ould times. I'm a Dubliner, living in Surrey, long since retired, though in my heart, I never left Dublin. This song brings back memories of another time, long since gone, but in my mind I can revisit the.
    Old places, the sights, the smells, the crack, the friendly atmosphere. This song does it all for me.
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