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"Black Rose - A Rock Legend (Roisin Dubh)" is the title track of the 1979 album by Thin Lizzy. It is both an original song and a medley incorporating traditional Irish songs and allusions from the poet William Butler Yeats to the soccer player George Best, a drinking pal of bandleader and principal songwriter Phil Lynott.


The song was inspired by Lynott's fascination with Irish history and Celtic mythology, and ironically was to become his epitaph. Another irony is that like the founder of the Provisional IRA, the high poet of Irish rock was technically an Englishman. In its March 10, 1973 issue, New Musical Express reported that he was born in the Irish Republic, in fact Philip Parris Lynott was born in Hallam Hospital, West Bromwich near Birmingham on August 20, 1949, the illegitimate son of an Irish Catholic mother. His middle name was taken from his father, Cecil Parris. Lynott grew up in Dublin but also spent time in Manchester where his mother ran a hotel for musicians and show business types, the Clifton Grange, also known as The Showbiz or simply The Biz.





Lyrics



Tell me the legends of long ago

When the kings and queens would dance in the realm of the Black Rose

Play me the melodies I want to know

So I can teach my children, oh


Pray tell me the story of young Cuchulainn

How his eyes were dark his expression sullen

And how he'd fight and always won

And how they cried when he was fallen


Oh tell me the story of the Queen of this land

And how her sons died at her own hand

And how fools obey commands

Oh tell me the legends of long ago


Where the mountains of Mourne come down to the sea

Will she no come back to me

Will she no come back to me

Oh Shenandoah I hear you calling


Far away you rolling river

Roll down the mountain side

On down on down go lassie go

Oh Tell me the legends of long ago


When the kings and queens would dance in the realms of the Black Rose

Play me the melodies so I might know

So I can tell my children, oh

My Roisin Dubh is my one and only true love


It was a joy that Joyce brought to me

While William Butler waits

And Oscar, he's going Wilde

Ah sure, Brendan where have you Behan?


Looking for a girl with green eyes

My dark Rosaleen is my only colleen

That Georgie knows Best

But Van is the man


Starvation once again

Drinking whiskey in the jar-o

Synge's Playboy of the Western World

As Shaw, Sean I was born and reared there


Where the Mountains of Mourne come down to the sea

Is such a long, long way from Tipperary



Writer/s: DP, GARY MOORE, PHILIP PARRIS LYNOTT

Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC






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