The Old Songs (Something Memorable) by Something Memorable published on 2012/02/15 18:07:12 +0000 Written in 2007, this song was due for a reworking and the with the new skills I've learnt here on SoundCloud I've found the energy to do so. So here it is my Irish Music Fable. Hope you enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed rediscovering it (I must write chords down more often). Sean THE OLD SONGS When I first sang the old songs, that everyone knows I’d rush through not sensing the power that flows That kept them alive, every chord, every rhyme I’d no sense of tradition, nor voices through time Then I noticed the people, as they stood round the room, And how heads would turn at some old familiar tune. Though they’d never known but those songs were inside Connecting them all with friendship and pride. So sing the old songs and follow the rules, Sing the songs, they’re lesson are true Though the tune is familiar, they can raise a tear, Or smile when we sing them together right here. Those dark haired colleens and old Irish rovers The sailors the soldiers, the lady’s, the lovers And even new songs of industrial scenes Held the spirits of lost songs or some it came to seem. I began to sing with pleasure, to sing with respect These songs had earned much more than I’d ever get. Till they filled me completely, till I asked quietly Do I sing these songs or do they sing through me? So sing the old songs and listen to them live. Sing the songs, feel reality give. Though the tune is familiar and the stories are old. Their power grows greater each time they’re re-told. So when I am singing and the whole room joins in, As singing together dissolves these times we live in, For like anthems and battle-cries, these songs promise all, But it’s us who will drop away, while these songs never fall. So Sing the old Songs, slip under their sway. Sing the songs and wash your own will away. Though the tune is familiar and the words may be worn, Their power grows stronger, less singer more song. So sing the old songs and listen to them live. Sing the songs, feel reality give. Though the tune is familiar and the stories are old. Their power grows greater each time they’re re-told. Music and Words: Sean Doran. Copyright 2007.