I'll Tell Me Ma
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|"I'll Tell Me Ma"|
|"I'll Tell Me Ma"|
|Single by Van Morrison and The Chieftains|
|from the album Irish Heartbeat|
|A-side||"I'll Tell Me Ma"|
|B-side||"Tá Mo Chleamhnas Déanta"|
|Recorded||December 1987-January 1988|
|Producer(s)||Van Morrison, Paddy Moloney|
|Van Morrison and The Chieftains singles chronology|
"I'll Tell Me Ma" (also called "The Wind") is a well-known children's song. It was collected in various parts of England in the 19th century and again appears in collections from shortly after the turn of the 20th century. In Ireland the chorus usually refers to Belfast city and is known colloquially as "The Belle of Belfast City", although it is also adapted to other Irish cities, such as Dublin. English versions refer to the "Golden City" or "London City". This song is Roud Folk Song Index number 2649.
The song accompanies a children's game. A ring is formed by the children joining hands, one player standing in the centre. When asked, "Please tell me who they be," the girl in the middle gives the name or initials of a boy in the ring (or vice versa). The ring then sings the rest of the words, and the boy who was named goes into the centre.
Recordings and renditions
The song has been covered on numerous albums, some of which have adapted the lyrics to their locales.
One of the more notable renditions was by Van Morrison and The Chieftains, for their collaboration record Irish Heartbeat in 1988; the album reached number 18 on the UK Albums Chart. The song was guest sung by Ronnie Drew of The Dubliners on The Chieftains album Live From Dublin: A Tribute To Derek Bell in 2005. The Chieftains also played the song with Cartoon Network character Brak for the latter's variety show special, Brak Presents the Brak Show Starring Brak and related album in 2000.
Sham Rock released a rendition of "Tell Me Ma" in 1998. The single reached number 13 on the UK Singles Chart. remained on the charts for 17 weeks, and sold over 200,000 copies. It has been included in various compilation albums that have sold a total of over 3 million copies.
Other notable recordings include:
- Amadan as "Tell Me Ma", on Sons of Liberty, 2003.
- Beatnik Turtle as "Tell Me Ma", on Sham Rock, 2008.
- Belfast Food, on Za to Zato, 1999.
- Christy Moore, on an extended version of his song "Lisdoonvarna", sings a verse of "I'll Tell Me Ma", on Live at Vicar Street, 2002
- The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, as "I'll Tell My Ma" on The Boys Won't Leave The Girls Alone, 1962. The album title is a lyric from the song.
- The Corries, as part of "The Singing Games" on The Corrie Folk Trio and Paddie Bell, 1964. The song uses the lyric "She's the girl of the windy city"
- The Dubliners as "I'll Tell My Ma" on their debut album The Dubliners with Luke Kelly, 1964.
- Four to the Bar, on their live album Craic on the Road, 1994.
- Gaelic Storm as "Tell Me Ma" on their debut album Gaelic Storm, 1998.
- The Irish Tenors, on Ellis Island, 2001
- Lick the Tins, as "The Belle of Belfast City (Roud 2649)", on Blind Man on a Flying Horse, 1986. It was first released as a single.
- Marc Gunn did a parody called "I'll Tell My Cat" on Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers, 2005
- Orla Fallon, Live With The Dubliners And Damien Dempsey, on My Land, 2011.
- Orthodox Celts, on The Celts Strike Again, 1997 - This version uses the lyric "She's the belle of Belgrade City" in reference to their home town.
- The Poxy Boggards as "Tell Me Ma", on Whiskey Business, 2006.
- The Rankin Family as "Tell My Ma", on their second album Fare Thee Well Love, 1990, and on their re-released album North Country, 1993.
- Sinéad O'Connor, on Sean-Nós Nua, 2002
- The Tossers as "Maidrin Rua / Tell Me Ma" on Communication & Conviction: Last Seven Years, 2001. This version uses the lyric "She is the belle of Dublin city".
- The Wiggles did a rendition of this called "Nya, Nya, Nya" which is found on the video Wiggledance!, and album The Wiggles Movie Soundtrack, both released in 1997. They would later sing "I'll Tell Me Ma" on the album, Apples & Bananas, 2014.
- The Young Dubliners, on With All Due Respect - The Irish Sessions, 2007 This version uses the lyric "She is the belle of Dublin city".
- Gomme, Alice Bertha (1894, 1898). The traditional games of England, Scotland and Ireland: with tunes, singing rhymes and methods of playing according to the variants extant and recorded in different parts of the kingdom. London: Nutt. p. 387. ISBN 978-0-500-27316-6.
- "The Irish Sessions ::". Young Dubliners. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
- Browne, David (1988-08-11). "Irish Heartbeat | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
- "Brak - Brak Presents The Brak Album Starring Brak - at Rhino". Rhino Records. Archived from the original on 2007-06-09. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
- "Capital Celtic Network - Sham Rock". Capitalceltic.com. 2004-05-11. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
- "1998-11-07 Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive". Official Charts. 1998-11-07. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
- "Sons of Liberty - Amadan | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 2003-03-25. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
- "Beatnik Turtle: 'I'll Tell Me Ma'". NPR. 2008-04-03. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
- Sleger, Dave. "Za to Zato - Belfast Food". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
- Lynch, Mick (2004-10-12). "Gig Reviews | Christy Moore in Newbridge". CLUAS. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
- "Live at Vicar Street". ChristyMoore.com. 2012-06-16. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
- Guida, Nick. "The Boys Won't Leave The Girls Alone - 1962 - Columbia CL 1909 LP (mono) - Sleeve Notes". Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem website. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
- "The Dubliners Discography:1". Dgdclynx.plus.com. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
- Rossiter, Nicky (Jan/Feb 2007). "Releases - Jan/Feb 2007 - The Dubliners - Live at Vicar Street". Irish Music Magazine. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
- Winick, Steve (June/July 1995). "Review of Craic on the Road,". Dirty Linen Magazine (58).
- Cater, Evan (1998-07-28). "Gaelic Storm - Gaelic Storm". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
- "The Irish Tenors - Discography". Theirishtenors.com. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
- Tobbler, John (2013-10-03). "Lick the Tins: Blind Man on a Flying Horse - Sleeve Notes". Mainly Norfolk. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
- "Reviews". Marc Gunn. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
- "Renaissance Festival Lyrics: I'll Tell My Ma/I'll Tell My Cat". Renaissancefestivalmusic.com. 2006-06-16. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
- "Orla Fallon releases "My Land"". Celticradio.net. 2011-04-06. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
- "I'll tell me ma by Orthodox Celts on Spotify". Spotify. 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
- "The Celts Strike Again". Orthodoxcelts.com. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
- "The Poxy Boggards | Whiskey Business | CD Baby Music Store". Cdbaby.com. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
- "APHC: Performers, music sources and credits". A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. American Public Media. 1996-11-30. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
- "Thank You for Hearing Me: “I'll Tell Me Ma”". Sineadoconnor.com. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
- "Sinead O'Connor: Sean-Nós Nua". Billboard. October 19, 2002. Archived from the original on 2002-10-21. Retrieved 2013-01-01.
- The Tossers 'Communication & Conviction' CD. "The Tossers: The Tossers 'Communication & Conviction' CD - Music". Shopbenchmark.com. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
- "The Tossers - Maidrin Rua / Tell Me Ma Lyrics". MetroLyrics. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
- "Wiggledance (1997) The Wiggles. [videorecording]". Trove. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
- "The Wiggles movie soundtrack". Trove. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
- "The Wiggles - Apples & Bananas | Music CD | ABC Shop". Shop.abc.net.au. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
- "The Irish Sessions ::". Young Dubliners. 2007-12-08. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
- "The Irish Sessions :: Lyrics". Young Dubliners. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
- Roud 2649 at Vaughan Williams Memorial Library - this lists alternate titles and renditions including "The Wind" and "The Rain Rains Down"
- Waltz, Robert B.; Engle, David G. (eds.). "I'll Tell My Ma (I)". The Traditional Ballad Index. California State University at Fresno.
- Waltz, Robert B.; Engle, David G. (eds.). "Wind, The (Rain, Rain, the Wind Does Blow)". The Traditional Ballad Index. California State University at Fresno.