diumenge, 17 de novembre de 2013

Tambourine man at Molly Malone's statue

Ok, I know is not a tambourine. It is a bodhrán: A traditional Irish drum considered the heartbeat of Irish music. And the "little drummer" was sitting on the Molly Malone statue, in Grafton Street, in front  of the Trinity College. She is a character of a song that tells the fictional tale of a beautiful fishmonger who plied her trade on the streets of Dublin, but who died young, of a fever. In the late 20th century a legend grew up that there was a historical Molly, who lived in the 17th century. She is typically represented as a hawker by day and part-time prostitute by night.

In Dublin's fair city,
Where the girls are so pretty,
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone,
As she wheeled her wheel-barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!"

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