Gerry O'Beirne

Gerry O'Beirne
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Gerry O'Beirne

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The song is about a man who goes to Mexico from Ireland and gets involved in the War of Independence there. It always feels like a very personal song. I played the "elephant" guitar on this one, and a 12 string guitar solo midway through the song. I was delighted to have Davie Paton playing bass on this one. Davie used to be the bass player/singer/writer with the pop band Pilot. I remember seeing them on "Top Of The Pops" many years ago. He's a great player and a great guy. This song has been recorded by Andy Irvine and Mary Black among others.

Lyrics

I was born on the holy ground a running boy in fields of clover living in the grandeur of my father's land By the side of the swirling sea I spent the days of childish wonder and the rocks i held in my young hands I never felt them slip away Well the sun shone bright upon the waves and the wind blew high as i was leaving and i sailed so far away looking for adventure But i would not stay where the city streets proclaimed so loudly man's endeavour though music is a pretty thing in fine company And the wilderness took my breath away under a sun that never falters A man has to find his way where no-one ever goes It was in the south where my new home lay with a dark eyed girl and wild horses with hummingbirds and roses there in old Mexico There the winds of change they blew so far of liberty and revolution and it seemed that each man heard in his breast the drumming of a nation Oh on the field where the guns did play i fell there with many another where the sage brush grows and the desert wind is blowing free I was born on the holy ground a running boy in fields of clover living in the grandeur of my fathers land
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music on the ukulele. I love fingerpicking on the ukulele and don't understand why more people don't do it. it plays itself!
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This is about Co Clare. I took the liberty of using modern technology to sing with myself. The double bass is played by James Blennerhassett. His bass is called Daisy.

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nothing but a whistle in my hand and a pocket full of rain
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Played on a National Steel Guitar which was made in the 1920's. I bought the guitar years ago in a dusty old shop in London called John Alvey Turner. I'd love to know who owned it before I did. Clahane is just north of Liscannor. the sound of the guitar reminds me of the slate and rocky cliffs around that part of Co clare.
Gerry O'Beirne
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it's about inspiration, what it feels like. this song is all about the 12 string guitar, rhythm and lead. My 12 string is an old Martin D12 20. It's often tuned in a variety of C tunings. Nice and deep.

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I was trying to watch the screen for any sign of movement and to listen for your long beating wing
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A love song, a traveling song which emerged very naturally from the way I play the 12 string guitar.

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I am a driver on a western highway From the mountains to the sea And there’s a song of the western highway That’s saying I will be free The sky is fading to the colour of the valley Dust of angels and dust of dreams Your city lights will shine until tomorrow And I will not be here But your light is brighter than anything I’ve ever seen And I hear your voice on every station Singing out of your dream Here I am on the road again The song began and in the end I was standing by I was standing by the sea And by the roadside the trees are shimmering Black and silver in the cold night air And under the moon a new song singing Saying I will meet you there And your light is brighter than anything I’ve ever seen And I hear your voice on every station Singing out of your dream Here I am on the road again The song began and in the end I was standing by I was standing by the sea
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i played a slide guitar solo and a slide guitar outro on this song. Slide was kind of my first love. It's the most emotional thing i know how to do in Music.

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we'll catch a plane me and you and turn our heads into the blue
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I think I had been listening to the Cure's "17 seconds" album and wanted to write something with that kind of chorused sounding bass part, so I tuned the guitar to EEEEBE. no question, it will sound chorused.

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angel on the telephone
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a mexican waltz. I long to return to Mexico.
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this is played on the "elephant" guitar, and with a ukulele outro.

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all her chords tumbling down
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another song that started with playing the 12 string guitar. I wrote the lyrics in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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when love carried you away i heard you returned to half moon bay
Gerry O'Beirne
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Gerry O'Beirne

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played on national steel and spanish guitar. some time after I had been playing this tune around the world for a couple years in the Sharon Shannon Band, a piece not too dissimilar turned up as the soundtrack for the movie "Rob Roy".