Cheer Up! Russell Street

DESCRIPTION: "Cheer up, (Russell) Street, It's known everywhere...." "It's a rare old street to play for, It's a rare old street to know." The street has a sad history. The competing singers don't care about success or failure; they intend to go where there is a row
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1973 (Behan)
KEYWORDS: fight nonballad home
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Behan, #19, "Cheer Up! Russell Street" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Behan claims that there are variations of this for many streets and parts of Ireland, but cites no sources, claiming to have learned it as a child. I have not found any parallel versions, but this might be because Behan has modified the song somewhat -- although in this case, he claims only an arrangement credit, whereas he usually claims to have rewritten his materials. - RBW
Last updated in version 3.2
File: Beha019

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