Goodbye John-Joe

Story Behind The Song

Based on my father

Song Description

(Irish) farmer goes to the pub after selling animals at the fair - and falls among friends

Song Length 2:50 Genre Folk - Traditional, Folk - Rural
Tempo Fast (151 - 170) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Sociable, Cheerful Subject Fun, Laugh, Smile
Similar Artists Arlo Guthrie, The Yellowjackets Language English
Era 2000 and later


Words & Music Ben Sands Elm Grove Music 1993

Well, I got up today for to go to Rathfriland
To sell the hairy pony and the cow
They were both past their best, good for nothin',
just the way that I'm a-feeling now


Goodbye John-Joe
It's gettin' very late and the morning comes early
Goodbye John-Joe
It's time I was home in my bed

The money that I got sure it wasn't worth countin'
After I had paid a few bills
I still owe the meal man more than a fiver
The grocer's a-waiting for my will

I felt like a drink so I went to Johny Arthur's
To have a quick half'un and a beer
I'd the best of intentions of going home early
But it's well past eleven now and I'm still here

Well, I just have enough for a cure in the morning
If I live to see another day
I'd better tell the wife I had holes in my pockets
For God's sake man, would you let me get away

Lyrics Ben Sands Music Ben Sands
Producer Ben & Colum Sands Publisher Elm Grove Music
Performance Ben Sands, Arty McGlynn, James Blennerhasset, Rod McVey, Anne Keane Label Spring Records
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