Break into Irish song

close-up of a St. Patrick’s day hat and shamrock



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close-up of a St. Patrick’s day hat and shamrock

The Irish are known for many things — potatoes, centuries of suffering, Bono — but arguably nothing is more synonymous with Ireland than its Celtic music and St. Patrick’s Day.

Whether singing about famines, sailors lost at sea, factory oppressiveness, or that fair lassie who drank all the whiskey, the Irish pack a punch into their music laden with fiddles, flutes and bodhrans.

You could spend weeks listening to years of Irish history told through song, but we don’t have years. We have one day, Sunday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, when everyone is honorarily Irish.

To prepare for the holiday and the Irish music that certainly will flow like green beer, we offer this crash course in Irish music in one over-the-top, ridiculous Mad Libs-style song.

Wee Willy Whiskey

 

On a ­­                      Irish morn, in                   Dublintown.
            (adjective)                        (adjective)

Wee Willy Whiskey ­­                                        with a frown.

  (verb past tense)        (noun)

“Those ­­              British oppressors are                 and cheats,”

  (adjective)             (noun)

sang Wee Willy Whiskey while                           the streets.

      (verb ending in –ing)

“Twill be a                       day when                       Irish folk

                (adjective)     (adjective)

are             from our pubs with a                               poke.”

    (verb past tense)             (adjective)      (body part)

E’er long the potatoes are                     in the earth.

      (adjective) 
Farmer O’                  ‘s land has                         all its worth.

            (surname)       (verb past tense)

‘Our fairy-                        land is                   and forlorn.

      (verb past tense)         (emotion)

The hull of our                           is                       and torn.

        (mode of transportation)     (adjective)

 

 

Raise your                 and your pint of                 .

(instrument)   (beverage)

Join Wee Willy Whiskey in an Irishman                 .

    (dance move)

Our                   isle has suffered for                   .

      (gemstone)         (period of time)

‘Tis time to               and                                           .

  (verb present tense)      (adverb)        (verb present tense).

 

 

Young Molly is               with             hair like                 .

        (adjective)         (adjective)        (natural disaster)

 

She                   the laundry with                                  

  (verb present tense)               (adjective) (facial expression)

Wee Willy Whiskey                         her true.

    (verb present tense)

He’d write her a                     if he wasn’t so                       .

            (poem type)       (color)

He’s                       to Boston to streets paved with               .

    (verb ending in –ing)      (element)

His fate’s in the               of the White Star’s                     .

(body part)  (ship part)

Young Molly               candles and                                        

          (verb present tense)        (verb present tense)    (adverb) 
at Mass, a                 Irish                 beats             in this lass.

    (adjective)        (vital organ)      (adjective)

 

Molly               the Blarney Stone till               Wee Willy Whiskey

  (verb present tense)         (pronoun)
returns.

Her               for the fair,                lad for                 burns.

      (emotion)     (adjective) (period of time)

 

CHORUS:

Raise your                     and your pint of                     .

            (instrument)       (beverage)

Join Wee Willy Whiskey in an Irishman                     .

      (dance move)

Our                     isle has suffered for                       .

        (gemstone)           (period of time)

‘Tis time now to                   and                                         (verb)       (adverb)            (verb)

 

 

‘Twas nary a                       ‘fore Molly took ill.

        (period of time)

She                   and                   and asked for a               .

    (medical symptom)  (medical symptom)         (remedy)

Alas,                  Molly lay                         too long.

          (adjective)         (verb ending in -ing)

 

The graveyard’s her               now, and we                 this song.

      (noun)                 (verb)

When Wee Willy Whiskey got               of her fate,

      (noun)

He                 through South Boston                     his mate.

  (verb ending in -ed)       (verb ending in-ing)

Our                   lad reached for                   and Joyce.

      (emotion)       (beverage)

Tears                                     ; he                 with a voice

    (verb ending in -ed)   (adverb)      (verb ending in -ed)

That lamented his Molly, his home and his                 .

(noun)

Lay Wee Willy Whiskey                                   in               .

(direction)      (adverb)       (locale)

 

CHORUS:

Raise your                 and your pint of                 .

(instrument)   (beverage)

Join Wee Willy Whiskey in an Irishman                 .

    (dance move)

Our                   isle has suffered for                   .

      (gemstone)         (period of time)

‘Tis time to               and                                           .

  (verb present tense)      (adverb)        (verb present tense).

 

Raise your                 and your pint of                     .

      (instrument)               (beverage)

Join Wee Willy Whiskey in an Irishman                     .

      (dance move)

Our                   isle has suffered for                   .

      (gemstone)         (period of time)

‘Tis time now to                   and                                   .          (verb present tense)            (adverb)      (verb present tense).

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