"The Auld Triangle" as written by and James Thirkhill Fearnley Andrew Ranken....
A hungry feeling
Came o'er me stealing
And the mice were squealing
In my prison cell

And that auld triangle went jingle-jangle
All along the banks of the Royal Canal
Oh! To start the morning
The warden bawling

"Get up out of bed, you! And Clean out your cell!"
And that auld triangle went jingle-jangle
All along the banks of the Royal Canal
Oh! the screw was peeping

And the like was sleeping
As he lay weeping
For his girl Sal
And that auld triangle went jingle-jangle

All along the banks of the Royal Canal
On a fine Spring evening
The like lay dreaming
And the sea-gulls were wheeling

High above the wall
And that auld triangle went jingle-jangle
All along the banks of the Royal Canal
Oh! the wind was sighing

And the day was dying
As the like lay crying
In his prison cell
And that auld triangle went jingle-bloody-jangle

All along the banks of the Royal Canal
In the women's prison
There are seventy women
And I wish it was with them

That I did dwell
Then that auld triangle could go jingle-jangle
All along the banks of the Royal Canal


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"The Auld Triangle" as written by Cait O'riordan Andrew Ranken

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    General CommentProbably the best song on this album...
    laudinhoon July 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn the next to the last verse it says, "As he kay there weeping for his poor gal."
    It's a GREAT song!!
    madhatter213on October 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is an old song... I'm not sure of its origins but I do know that The Pogues did a version of it on their first album Red Roses For Me that is very different than DKM's version but also very good.
    punkpirateon January 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song was written by the same guy who did the Irish national anthem, Brendan Beehan.He wrote it about when he was in borstal when he was young according to my IRish teacher, this can be seen from all the words like the warder screaming etc
    cianon January 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI heard this song on XM's punk station and that's what turned me on to DKM. Great song.
    almaniac27on March 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is about being an inmate in Mountjoy Prison, which is beside the Royal Canal in Dublin. This is supported by the reference to the female prison. Sorry, Cian, but I doubt a kid in a borstal would want to live in a female prison!
    tronakon November 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah you're right, he was indeed in Mountjoy which is what this song is about.My mistake, though he was in Borstal before that and borstals were meant for 16 to 21 year olds in Ireland so a woman's prison wouldn't be out of the question :D
    cianon November 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCorrection to statements above: This song is a poem originally written by famous Irish playwright Brendan Behan. Brendan Behan did not write the Irish national anthem (called The Soldier's Song for those of us not familiar), that was written by his uncle Peadar Kearney.

    This song was I believe first performed by The Clancy Brothers. The Pogues did without a doubt the best version of it. I was happy to find that DKM did a cover of it, until I heard the cover... Sure enough, they butchered what was once a very pretty song.
    7and7ison June 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCorrection my statement above: Song was first performed by the Dubliners, not the Clancy Brothers. Bob Dylan also did a cover on The Basement Tapes... It's not bad.
    7and7ison June 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI prefer The High Kings version of this song. the harmony is fantastic.
    duncannonon July 19, 2009   Link

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