Finnegan's Wake

Title - Finnegan's Wake
Contributors - Unknown (male)
Reporters - Hamish Henderson
Item Person - Finnegan, Tim

Summary - In this comic song, Tim Finnegan falls off a ladder, drunk as usual, and hits his head on the ground. Thinking him dead, his friends take his body home and a wake is held. A row breaks out among the mourners, leading to a melee, during which Tim's corpse is splashed with whisky. This causes him to revive miraculously, and he rises from the bed, asking grumpily, "do you think I'm dead?"

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:02:53
Date Recorded - 1964
Language - English
Genre - Song
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 39451
Original Tape ID - SA1964.160
Original Track ID - SA1964.160.A9
Audio Quality - Fair
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - LQ17; R1009;

Recording Location:
  County - Midlothian
  Parish - Edinburgh
  Village - Edinburgh

Item Notes - Recorded at Sandy Bell's, Forest Road, Edinburgh. 5 verses of 8 lines, with a chorus of 4 lines. Company joins in with chorus.
'Irish Street Ballads' (C. O'Lochlainn, 1978) pp. 180-181
Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, Axon Ballad Collection, no. 33

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