Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Green Alligators

We bought some old movies off of Amazon last week. It's in preparation for St. Patties Day. We got Darby O'Gill and the Little People, The Secret of Rohn Inish and The Matchmaker. All the movies are about Ireland....the latter a more modern movie about a Boston politician who tries to find his roots in Ireland to improve his lagging polling numbers. I love this movie because it's filmed on location in Ireland and some of the scenes are places we visited while we were there. The music used in some scenes was haunting and beautiful. I know it's still over a month before March 17th but we wanted to make sure we were ready.
We usually spend St. Patties Day at home because Jilda makes a killer corn beef and cabbage dish but there are cities known for their St. Patties Day celebrations that would be fun to visit on Green Day. Of course Boston, Savannah, and Chicago all have huge celebrations that I know would be fun to experience. I vaguely remember a St. Patties Day that Jilda and I spent in Atlanta. We went to an Irish Bar with an Irishman who lived there and started slamming down Guinness Beer early. There was a guy there playing guitar and singing Irish songs. He launched into a rendition of The Unicorn Song and before you could say Shamrock, all three of us were on stage singing the song and doing all the accompanying hand motions.

You got your green alligators and long-necked geese
Some humpty backed camels and some chimpanzees
Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you're born
Don't you forget my unicorns

The crowd went wild. We stayed a while longer and called a cab for the short ride home but I must say the Irish know how to have some fun. I never hear the Unicorn Song that I don't stand up and sing at the top of my lungs.....You Got Your Green Alligators........

1 comment:

  1. The minute I saw your blog title I started to sing the song. And I hadn't even scrolled down, I promise. Well, St Pat's Day next month. my grandmother always sowed sweet peas on 17th March. Just thought I'd share that...


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