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My Kids Love Irish Music

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Whether we’re at home or in the car, if we want to cheer up Gareth and Emmeline and keep them quiet, we don’t turn on Raffi, Barney, or the Go Fish Guys. We turn on Irish drinking songs. Those kiddos of ours love nothing more than to raise their sippy cups in a rousing rendition of “Whiskey in the Jar” or “Finnegans Wake.” One song called “The Rattlin’ Bog” is a particular favorite. If you’ve never heard it before, here’s a link to one band’s version. Our kiddos prefer the Darby O’Gill version, but I couldn’t find it online. This appears to be one of the only legitimate looking videos of the song.

The Rattlin’ Bog

But I got to thinking that our kids don’t exactly know what a Bog is (it’s some kind of swamp, right?), so I thought I should come up with a version of the song that hits a little closer to home. That’s when I came up with “The Rattlin’ Van.”

There was a van, parked on our drive. Twas an old van and a rattlin’ van. 
The van parked in the driveway-o! 

CHORUS:
Oh ho, the rattlin’ van
The van parked in the driveway-o
Oh ho, the rattlin’ van
The van parked in the driveway-o!

And on that van there was a hood
An old hood, and a rattlin’ hood. 
A hood on the van and the van parked in the driveway-o!

(chorus)

And ‘neath that hood there was an engine,
An old engine, and a rattlin’ engine. 
The engine ‘neath the hood and the hood on the van and the van parked in the driveway-o!

(chorus) 

And in that engine there was a battery. 
An old battery, and a rattlin’ battery. 
The battery in the engine and the engine ‘neath the hood and the hood on the van and the van parked in the driveway-o!

(chorus)

And on that battery was jumper cables.
Old cables, and rattlin’ cables.
The cables on the battery and the battery in the engine and the engine ‘neath the hood and the hood on the van and the van parked in the driveway-o!

(chorus)

And in the cables there was a wire.
An old wire, and a rattlin’ wire.
The wire in the cables and the cables on the battery and the battery in the engine and the engine ‘neath the hood and the hood on the van and the van parked in the driveway-o!

(chorus)

And on the wire there was a spark.
An old spark, and a rattlin–

BOOM! 

There. Now that’s something they can cry in their milk about.

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6 responses »

  1. HAHA! That is awesome! Not sure what impresses me more here…my hearts swelling with pride at someone else loving irish things. But your skill as a writer only slightly overtakes your apparent knowledge of an engine! They have wires in them? 😉 Love reading these. Now, back to my Pogues radio on Rhapsody.

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    • Notice I the only thing I know about engines is that there’s a battery and they sometimes die. So that ought to tell you something about our luck with cars. I just know that you should always travel with a spare tire, jumper cables, and a jack. That way if something goes wrong your husband can fix it for you. 🙂

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  2. When does the music video come out? I think there’s enough musical talent and drama in our family for a rousing musical rendition.

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  3. Not only was that one of my favorite songs as a kid, but you just became 1 million times cooler. lol

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