Lunasa used to tell the story behind this tune from the stage before playing it, back when Donogh Hennessy was still in the band. To be more specific, Kevin Crawford would tell the story in his own iminitable way. I couldn’t do justice to Kevin’s telling of the story, so I’ll not even try. But the bare bones of it is that Donogh heard a commotion one night, looked out the window and saw someone stealing his car. (Apparently a not uncommon occurrence in today’s Dublin.) He ran screaming down the street after the guy in pursuit, unsuccessfully IIRC, and ended up writing and naming this tune in commemoration of the incident.
Okay, according to the news clip, it was Galway not Dublin where Donogh’s car was stolen. And he did get the car back in the end. OTOH, the news clip says it’s a song, not a tune, and I and most other folks on thesession know better than that. So who you gonna believe?
From the recording and from playing it I hear the first three bars of this tune as two bars of 9/8 then going into 6/8 for the rest. Could just be me though!
Come Back With My Bloody Car
I agree with you Tize, and update the meter of the first and second bar in the ABC… Thanks indeed
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