“Rocky Road to Dublin” is a fast-paced 19th century Irish song about a man’s experiences as he travels to Liverpool, England from his home in Tuam. The tune has a typical Irish rhythm, classified as a slip jig.
I am new to Irish & Celtic music but i must say, the above mentioned song is very uplifting! It’s very difficult to catch the lyrics (atleast for me, it is!) but it makes me want to do those irish dances right in the middle of my bedroom! By far i have only been able to lipsync the chorus of the track, which goes like this:
One two three four five, Hunt the hare and turn her down the rocky road And all the way to Dublin, whack-fol-la-de-da !
The words were written by D.K. Gavan, “The Galway Poet”, for the English music hall performer Harry Clifton, who popularised the song. This song is also used in the pub fight sequence of Sherlock Holmes.
You can download the The Dubliners version of the song from the Download Section.