November 20, 2021

NOV 20 (2021), singable satire: The Irish Rovers sing "VANCOUVER'S ISLE"


Rainbow over Ladysmith Harbour
  brief break from several days of intense rain.
ORIGINAL SONG: "Black Velvet Band" traditional Irish pub song, as arranged by the Irish Rovers 1967. Of note, the Irish Rovers' 50th and putatively final tour took place 2 years ago, ending with St. Patrick's Day concerts in Vancouver and Nanaimo BC. 
PARODY COMPOSED: Dr.G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, January, 2018. 
PARODY-SONGLINK: To find ukulele and guitar chord-charts to help you accompany "Vancouver's Isle" on your favorite instrument, click HERE.

The IRISH ROVERS ended their 50th world
ANNIVERSARY TOUR with a concert in Nanaimo B.C


ORIGINAL SONG: "" by Oscar Brand, 1963. You can listen to the well-known version by The Travellers on YouTube by clicking here.

PARODY COMPOSED: Dr.G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, April 2018, in preparation for upcoming Canada Day 2018.

UKULELE and GUITAR-FRIENDLY LINK: All our songs (Giorgio's parody-lyrics and the originals that gave rise to them) can be found, along with suggested chord sequences in a friendly format for ukulele (and guitar)-players on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE". 


(to the tune of "Black Velvet Band")

From that oversized town called Toronto
Retirees take pains to be gone;
What with prices as lush as the co-ondos,
And in May, frozen slush on the ground.

I booked tickets by air to Vancouver,  
To the West Coast I thought we might move;
You can fly A.C.*, Westjet (not Porter)
Your relations are bound to approve. 

I'd go straight on to Vancouver Island,
And there I'd explore for a while.
I'd spend time with my bro in Nanaimo
August weather's sublime - that's my style.

But bad misfortune overcame me, 
Paid a penalty, rebooked my flight.
I did land in October, and so did a sober-
ing storm on the very same night.

It can rain on the plains and the prairies.
And in Banff, it can rain there a while.
There's no rain that's a pain, it's not hard to explain,
Like the rain out on Vancouver's Isle.

Spent ten days hunkered down in Nanaimo,
Tried to drive around, poured every mile,
Had to run from the car to the tavern door --
That's a sport out on Vancouver's Isle.

In a bar not too far from Chemainus
A guitar-man sang out this refrain,
"Frequent downpours and drizzle abolish life's sizzle.
Cherish sunny climes? Get on a plane."

"When you fly here with Westjet (not Porter),
Can't extinguish the anguish most vile.
There's no rain that's a pain, it's not hard to explain,
Like the rain here on Vancouver's Isle."

I've retired now to South Carolina --
Coastal mornings are mostly quite fine.
Folks complain should it rain; it's so flat - doesn't drain;
They've got nothing about which to whine.

It can rain on the plains and the prairies;
Banff and Jasper - it rains there in style.
There's no rain that's a pain, it's not hard to explain,
Like the rain out on Vancouver's Isle.

*  A.C. = Air Canada. Westjet is a competitor on flights across the country. Porter provides more local service from Toronto Island Airport to destinations in Eastern Canada and the East Coast of the U.S. 
Chemainus: shuh-MAY-nuhs
Nanaimo: nuh-NIE-moh

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