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My Son John​/​The Star of Munster

from Like the Sun a​-​Glittering by The Jones Boys

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An Irish song about a young man whose mother rather wished he hadn't joined the British Army. Followed by the seventh most recorded tune in Ireland, apparently.

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My Son John

My son John was tall and slim
He had a leg for every limb
But now he’s got no legs at all
For he run a race with a cannonball
With me roo dum dar for the diddle dar
Whack for the riddle with me roo rum dar

Oh were you drunk or were you blind
When you left your two fine legs behind
Or was it sailing on the sea
Wore your two fine legs right down to the knee
With me roo dum dar for the diddle dar
Whack for the riddle with me roo rum dar

No I was not drunk and I wasn’t blind
When I left my two fine legs behind
But a cannonball on the fifth of May
Took me two fine legs from the knees away
With me roo dum dar for the diddle dar
Whack for the riddle with me roo rum dar

For I was tall I was slim
And I had a leg for every limb
But now I’ve got no legs at all
They were both shot away by a cannonball.
With me roo dum dar for the diddle dar
Whack for the riddle with me roo rum dar

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from Like the Sun a​-​Glittering, released April 1, 2015

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The Jones Boys Sandwich, UK

The Jones Boys play an exciting blend of mostly traditional music from Ireland, England, Shetland, Scotland, Brittany, Sweden, Bulgaria and beyond!

The current line up is:

Sam Sloan – button accordion, anglo concertina, keyboards, trumpet and vocals;

Gordon Jackson – vocals, octave mandola, low whistle and percussion.
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