IN DUBLIN'S FAIR CITY

Created on 03/04/2008
Latest update on 04/02/2021

Artist: George Potter
Author: James Yorkston/Edmund Forman
Label: Starr
Year: 1917

B-side of The Foggy Dew. Baritone on Gennett's sister label. First published in London in 1884 by Francis Brothers & Day. Author James Yorkston was a Scotsman and since permission was requested from an Edinburgh firm to publish the song, Scottish roots are evident. Still it became the unofficial folksong of Dublin. Opening line "In Dublin fair city" has always been there, but no one can tell if there was ever a local fishmonger named Molly Malone, carrying her wheelbarrow throught the narrow streets crying "Cockles and mussels, alive alive-o". They did erect a large bronze statue of her on Grafton Street, nicknamed 'the tart with the cart'. That's a Dublin tradition. The statue of Livia lying naked midway O'Connell Street and representing the Liffey river, is locally known as 'the floozy in the jacuzzi', while two bronze shopping ladies at the foot of the west bank of Ha' Penny Bridge became 'the hags with the bags'.

Covers:

1924:

James O'Neill [for Columbia and in '25 for Harmony, as B-side of The Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls]

1927:

Terence O'Brien [as Cockles And Mussels for Parlophone]

1940:

Maxine Sullivan [as Molly Malone]

1940:

Gray Gordon & his Tic-Toc Rhythm [idem]

1940:

Andrews Sisters [as Sweet Molly Malone]

1941:

Danny Kaye [idem]

1944:

Richard Dyer-Bennett [idem]

1944:

Marie McDonald [in film Guest In The House]

1945:

James Dunn [idem in Elia Kazan film A Tree Grows In Brooklyn]

1947:

Josh White

1947:

Kate Smith

1953:

Burl Ives

1956:

Ronald Binge [as Cockles And Mussels]

1959:

Tom Astor [in German]

1959:

Joni James

1962:

Pete Seeger

1963:

Joni Mitchell [as Molly Malone; one of her oldest recordings archived]

1964:

Cisco Houston

1965:

Conny van Bergen [as Molly Dear Malone]

1966:

Bing Crosby

1977:

Dubliners

1980:

Heino

2002:

Sinéad O'Connor

2006:

Roger McGuinn [all as Molly Malone]

2019:

Dervish [vocal: Imelda May]

Also cut by Peggy Lee, The Clancy Brothers, Dublin City Ramblers, Jules De Corte (piano instrumental) and Johnny Logan & friends.

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