Fiddler's Green is the happy land imagined by sailors where there is perpetual mirth, a fiddle that never stops playing and dancers that never tire.
It features in an old English legend: They say that an old salt who is tired of seagoing should walk inland with an oar over his shoulder. When he comes to a pretty little village deep in the country and the people ask him what he is carrying... he will know that he's found Fiddlers Green. The people give him a seat in the sun outside the Village Inn with a glass of grog that refills itself every time he drains the last drop and a pipe forever smoking with fragrant tobacco. From then onwards he has nothing to do but enjoy his glass and pipe and watch the maidens dancing to the music of a fiddle on Fiddlers Green.
It is also the subject of numerous songs, including this Irish sea chanty "fiddler's green" about a seaman who is dying at sea.
One sailors tale published in 1832 speaks of Fiddler's Green as being "nine miles beyond the dweling of his Satanic majesty". In maritime folklore it is a kind of afterlife for sailors who have served at least 50 years at sea, where there is rum and tobacco.
As I walked by the dockside one evening so rare,
To view the still waters and take the salt air
I heard an old fisherman singing this song,
Want to take me away boys me time isn't long.
Wrap me up in me oilskins and jumpers
No more on the docks I'll be seen
Just tell my old shipmates I'm taking a trip mates
And I'll see you some day in Fiddler's Green
Oh Fiddler's Green is a place I've heard tell
Where fishermen go if they don't go to hell
Where the weather is fair and the dolphins do play
And the cold coast of Greenland is far far away
Where the sky's always clear, and there's never a gale
Where the fish jump on board with a swish of their tails
Where you lie at your leisure, there's no work to do
And the Skipper's below, making tea for the crew ...
When you get back in dock and the long trip is through
There's pubs and there's clubs and there's lassies there too
Where the girls are all pretty and the beer is all free
And there's bottles of rum growing on every tree
No I don't want a harp, nor a halo, not me,
Just give me a breeze and a good rollin' sea,
And I'll play me old squeeze-box as we sail along
With the wind in the riggin', to sing me this song
For my father, Mel Shears Jr who passed July 15th, 2016. Long line of fishermen way back to Ireland. The perfect afterlife for him....can't imagine he'd want it any other way.
BTW, it's said we are related to the Sheares brothers who were executed in Dublin in the 1700s for being part of the resistance. Interestingly enough that happened on July 14th...my father died on July 15th.
This lovely song was sung last night at a funeral service for an Irishman by his brother. He was an avid fisherman and story teller. Life of the party. This was the first time I had ever heard it and regardless of origin.... it was absolutely appropriate and beautiful.
Being part-Irish myself (O'Connell) I can't but agree this is not an Irish song - there's plenty of good ones without claiming this or Long Way to Tipperary or Danny Boy. I'm hoping I'm right about the Irish pedigree of Carrickfergus, She Moves Through the Fair, Raglan Road, Fields of Athernrey, etc. They are bliss as is Fiddlers Green.
Lol. That's how his family name is spelt. Full stop.
You really are scaping the barrel. By your reckoning many of those who were executed (murdered) by the British authorities after the 1916 uprising had no business calling themselves Irish patriots as they had Scottish, Norman or French originated surnames.
Conolly is one of the anglicisations of an Irish name, a process that started hundreds of years ago.
btw. It's "póg mo thóin", it was anglicised into pogue mahone.
John Conolly (note the single n).
Now, if you were simply to go on surname then then you would be continually confused and bewildered in these isles. You would not be aware of most of my ancestors and family conections simply going on my (real) surname.
John Conolly is not an "Irish Brit" I assure you.
I've heard this and the Rangers version many times. My favorite tale is tails tho.. it's where I'll find my dogs. Fiddlers green is just past the bridge. Sometimes called the rainbow bridge. This I've heard all my life. Yer to cross it and collect yer friends. On the next journey...I've heard the tale from many. Yer jobs not done here, more to do. Such as I heard. From forever...over four decades now personally but the tales go back several hundred. My grand was 92 and expired in 98. .his grand told him about fiddlers green. My great great grandad had to have heard it somewhere . It might he true. Four generation now. Bet the tale is older tho. The version I is to collect yer dogs after ya perish. Similar tho. Heaven or a haven. Depends maybe . There is something else, sure of that, I guarantee you will not dissappear. Lol. As far as any contact w what's happening here. I'm pretty sure that'll be over. Fairly certian ya won't care anyway. I'm not religious nor am I pushing an agenda. I croaked a couple times tho. It's not scary. Don't worry so much. It's not the end. I think everyone is different tho so don't go thinking I have instructions like moses. Lol. It's happened to me. It's not scary. Try not to be full of fear. Learn a few things. Makes life less scary when ya know more. Be nice to folk every opportunity ya get.
It's not an Irish song. It was written in the late 1960s by JohnConolly, who despite his Irish sounding name, lives in Lincolnshire and is descended from a long line of Humberside fishermen. He is still going strong and performing regularly.
Chinese billionaire Li Shufu is now biggest single stakeholder in Daimler.
Geely chairman buys near 10 per cent share in Mercedes-Benz maker.
Chinese billionaire Li Shufu has bought a near 10 per cent stake in Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler, making him the German group’s largest single shareholder, a stock market filing showed on Friday.
Li, who chairs auto giant Geely Automobile Holdings, bought a 9.69 per cent stake in the carmaker, worth around € 7.2 billion (US$8.9 billion), according to the filing.
The size of the investment leapfrogs a 6.8 per cent stake in the Stuttgart-based group held by Kuwait and Renault-Nissan’s 3.1 per cent holding.
“Daimler is pleased to announced that with Li Shufu it could win another long-term orientated shareholder,” a spokesman for the Stuttgart-based group said.
Li had been “convinced by Daimler’s innovation strength, strategy and future potential”, he added.
German business media have for weeks reported Li and Geely’s interest in Daimler.
But Friday is the first time Li’s stake has crossed the threshold of 3 per cent of stock, requiring a public notification.
Two sources familiar with the thinking of Li Shufu told Reuters that his move to accumulate the stake, which has a market value of US$9 billion, was motivated by the “dramatic transformation” under way in the automotive industry.