Celtic Romance - a drum-story-song

Here is a drum-story-song following Celtic heroes who look for romance and find adventure. The story spans ten sessions, initially presented to individuals ages sixty to ninety attending an adult day-care facility.

Two friends in England decided to go to Scotland to find romance because they heard that all of the bonnie lassies are in Scotland. They were best friends and had similar tastes in the kind of lassies that they favored, so they were concerned that if they went together that they would fall in love with the same woman. They decide to travel separately. Dugald told Donald to take the high road and he would take the low road. He said:

You take the high road.
And I'll take the low road.
And I'll be in Scotland before ye.

For me and my true love
Will never meet again
On the bonnie bonnie
Banks O’ Loch Lomond.

Dugald got confused about where they were going; thinking that they were going to Tipperary. And he complained to Donald saying:

It's a long way to Tipperary.
It's a long way to go.
It's a long way to Tipperary
To the sweetest girl I know.

Goodbye Piccadilly,
Farewell Leicester Square.
It's a long, long way to Tipperary.
But my heart's right there.

So, after some discussion, Donald and Dugald decided to go to Ireland instead of Scotland because the Irish lassies have such beautiful Irish eyes. Their eyes actually appear to be smiling. They said:

When Irish eyes are smiling
Sure it's like a morn in spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing.

When Irish eyes are happy
All the world seems bright and gay.
And when Irish eyes are smiling
Sure they steal your heart away.

When Donald set out for the high road, he waved to Dugald saying he hoped he would travel on happy trails. He said:

Happy trails to you
Until we meet again.
Happy trails to you
Keep smiling until then.
Happy trails to you
Till we meet again.

Well, Dugald came across a woman who was pining after her loved one and he wanted to see her smiling and be happy again. He said:

When you're smiling
When you're smiling
The whole world smiles with you.
When you're laughing
When you're laughing
The sun comes shining through.

But when you're crying
You bring on the rain.
So stop your sighing
Be happy again.

Keep on smiling.
'Cause when you're smiling
The whole world smiles with you.

Dugald was easily bowled over by fetching women and he couldn’t help but blurt out to the woman that he thought she was an absolutely beautiful doll and he said to her:

Oh you beautiful doll
You great big beautiful doll.
Let me put my arms about you.
I could never live without you.

Oh you beautiful doll
You great big beautiful doll.
If you ever leave me
how my heart would ache.
I want to hug you
but I fear you'd break.

Oh Oh Oh Oh
Oh you beautiful doll.

Well, she would have none of him. She was still pining after her lost love so Dugald set out and soon found a tavern. He went in and noticed a really good lookin' cookery maid and he called her over because he was hungry and said:

Say hey good lookin'.
What you got cookin'?
How's about cookin'
somethin' up with me?

Say hey sweet baby.
Don't you think maybe
We could find us a
brand new recipe.

Tootsie the waitress looked at him and said, "Hey, what kind of a fellow are you?" Dugald said: "I like to sing and have a good time and I like to have fun and frolic." And Tootsie said to Dugald:

Some think the world is made for fun and frolic
And so do I. And so do I.
Some think it well to be all melancholic
To pine and sigh. To pine and sigh.

But I, I love to spend my time in singing
Some joyous song. Some joyous song.
To set the air with music bravely ringing
Is far from wrong. Is far from wrong.

Harken, harken music sounds so fine.
Harken, harken music sounds so fine.
Funiculi, Funicula Funiculi, Funicula
Joy is everywhere. Funiculi, Funicula.

Dugald loved that melody and fell for Tootsie and said to her:

Heart of my heart
I love that melody.
Heart of my heart
Brings back a memory.
When we were kids
on the corner of the street
We were rough and ready guys
But oh how we could harmonize.

Heart of my heart
When friends were dearer then.
Too bad we had to part.
I know a tear would glisten
If once more I could listen
To that gang that sang
Heart of my heart.

He had his dinner and then it was time to pay, but he'd lost all his money so the owner of the pub said, "We need some carpentry work done, can you do it to pay for your meal?” He asked Dugald if he had a hammer and Dugald said:

If I had a hammer
I'd hammer in the mornin'.
I'd hammer in the evenin'
All over this land

I'd hammer out danger.
I'd hammer out warnin'.
I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land.

Dugald was thinking that it would be nice to be a rich man and said:

If I were a rich man
Daidle, Deedle, Daidle
Digguh, Digguh, Deedle, Daidle Dum
All day long I'd
Biddy Biddy Bum
If I were a wealthy man.

Wouldn't have to work hard
Daidle, Deedle, Daidle
Digguh, Digguh, Deedle, Daidle Dum
If I were a biddy biddy bum
If I were a wealthy man.

Dugald went to other customers at the pub and asked if he could get some money, and when they asked him who he was, he told them he was a bum. He said:

Hallelujah I’m a bum.
Hallelujah bum again.
Hallelujah give a hand out
To revive us again.

So Dugald ended up borrowing enough that he could leave, but he couldn't get his mind off Tootsie and he asked her if he could call her sweetheart. He said:

Let me call you Sweetheart
I'm in love with you.
Let me hear you whisper
That you love me too.

Keep the love light glowing
In your eyes so true.
Let me call you sweetheart
I'm in love with you.

But he had a commitment to meet Donald and knew he had to leave. Somebody offered to give him a ride, but by this time Tootsie had fallen for Dugald. She followed Dugald out to the car, crying and begging him not to leave. Dugald tooted the horn and said:

Toot toot Tootsie goodbye.
Toot toot Tootsie Don't cry.
Wait for the mail I'll never fail.
If you don't get a letter
Then you know I'm in jail.

Oh baby
Toot toot Tootsie goodbye.
Toot toot Tootsie Don't cry.

Dugald knew when he was getting close to Ireland because he started seeing shamrocks. A shamrock is a four leaf clover. Dugald got so excited he said:

I'm lookin' over a four leaf clover
That I overlooked before.
One leaf is sunshine
The second is rain.
Third is the roses
That grow in the lane.

You know there's no need explaining
The one remaining
Is someone that I adore.
I'm lookin' over a four leaf clover
That I overlooked before.

Some people came along and were looking at Dugald and he told them to go ahead and look him over. He said:

Hey, look me over.
Lend me an ear.
Dressed up in clover.
Mortgaged up to here.

But don't pass the plate folks.
Don’t pass the cup.
I figure whenever you're down and out
The only way is up.

And I'll be up like a rosebud
High on the vine.
Don't thumb your nose bud.
Take a tip from mine.
I'm a little bit short of the elbow room
But let me get me some,
And look out world Here I come.

Speaking of looking, now that he had arrived in Ireland, Dugald still had to meet up with Donald.

to be continued.....

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