Continental Ceilidh

Melody -

Christy Moore

1. Over in McCann's
there's a grand type of dance band a'playin'
And they're spinning out the continental ceilidh
They're comin' in their cars
From the bars in Leister and Killane
Just to hear the famous Gunter Reynolds playing
Out the star of Munster with Hans O'Donahue
Neatly rappin' out a tango on the spoons
Such commotion will act like a lotion on the struttin'
At the continental ceilidh tonight.

2. Wolfgang's playin' on the comb
Someone shouts at him: "go home!"
Klaus is playin' a slow air upon the bodran
Quinn from Corofin his fiddle tucked beneath his chin
S-s-h-h He's goin' to play
The "Bogs of Oranmore" now
An old fashioned lady begins to sing a song
Ah, lads, a bit of order over there
Clarinbridge for the chowder,
Keep your powder dry
At the continental ceilidh tonight.
  3. Ciaran closes his eyes, pretends he's in disguise
When he sees an old flame comin over
He's singing for the Swedes in their tweeds
Doin' all he can to please
The night's at such a delicate stage
Later on he'll give an audience
To one of them or two
He'll sing the Dyin' Swan
To touch their feelin's tonight's his night
And tomorrow night will be just the same.

4. Ada, let me out to the bar
where the boys are goin' far
And they're spinnin' out the continental ceili
Never mind the liquor the music's in my soul
So long as I can hear the band a'playin'
The pipes and the flutes
And the fiddles are in tune
Whoo, I'd love to meet a European girl!
Ada, now me head is goin' light
and the band is playin' tight
At the continental ceilidh tonight.

5. All the publicans are there
It's like a hirin' fair
Tryin' to figure out how much McCann is makin'
To keep their pubs outta stubs,
They're lashin' out big subs
In a burst of fierce anticipation
Moguls from Mukhill are starin' at the till
Tryin' to get a low down on the line up
They'll be buyin' free porter
For members of the band
At the continental ceilidh tonight.

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