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The Tangaloni
(Roud 3569)
Martin Reidy
Tullaghaboy, Connolly
Recorded in singer’s home, October 1977

Carroll Mackenzie Collection

 

Martin Reidy

There are new fashions out of late,
I cannot tell the reason.
There are new fashions out of late,
A dress for every season.

Chorus:
With me ring fol ah, rally do ri ra,
Me ring fold da ra loni.
And it’s all about a new topcoat
They call the Tangaloni.

Ah, I went to town the other day,
I met with great disaster.
I bought a pair of skating boots,
For to be a skating master.
And as I went skating on the ice,
And there I stood aloney;
And the ice, it broke, and down I went,
And I wet my Tangaloni.

I met a maid upon the road,
On me she took compassion.
She said, “Young man, draw in to the fire,
For I know you’re in a passion.”
And as I drew so near to the heat,
And there I stood aloney;
And she said, “Young man, keep up from the fire,
Or you’ll burn your Tangaloni.”

Chorus:
With me ring fol ah, rally do ri ra,
Me ring fold da ra loni.
And it’s all about a new topcoat
They call the Tangaloni.

This girl, she had a little dog,
On him she christened Tony,
And every time I kissed the maid,
The dog’d bite my Tangaloni.

Chorus:
With me ring fol ah, rally do ri ra,
Me ring fold da ra loni.
And it’s all about a new topcoat
They call the Tangaloni.

And I must buy a jaunting car,
And I must buy a pony,
And I must hire a servant maid
That’ll brush my Tangaloni.

"A Taglioni, referred to here as Tangaloni, was a type of overcoat popular in the 19th century which was named after a celebrated Italian family of professional dancers.
Other recordings: John Loughran, Co Tyrone, ‘Harvest Home 2’, Arts Council of Northern Ireland."

The above commentary, lyrics and recording are taken from ‘Around the Hills of Clare: Songs and Recitations from the Jim Carroll and Pat Mackenzie Collection’ (2004) Musical Traditions Records MTCD331-2/Góilín Records 005-6.


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