The Auld Triangle


Jim Adams’ challenge this week is to write about a song which refers to a shape. Among the prompts was the term triangle which brought to mind the Dubliners’ tune The Auld Triangle. The exact authorship of the song is uncertain with Brendan Behan or Dick Shannon cited, or perhaps another as Behan hinted with the words: ‘This song was written by a person who will never hear it recorded, because he’s not in possession of a gramophone. He’s…he’s… pretty much of a tramp.’

The song is set in Mountjoy Prison, and the lyrics are said to be of an inmate on his execution day. The triangle in question was used in the prion to mark the daily routine.

I have attached Luke Kelly’s version.

The Auld Triangle

A hungry feeling
Came o’er me stealing
And the mice were squealing
In my prison cell
And that auld triangle went jingle-jangle
All along the banks of the Royal Canal

To begin the morning
The screw was bawling
“Get up ya loser and clean up your cell!”
And that auld triangle went jingle-jangle
All along the banks of the Royal Canal

Now the screw was peeping
As the lag lay sleeping
Dreaming about his girl Sal
And that auld triangle went jingle-jangle
All along the banks of the Royal Canal

Oh! the wind was rising
And the day declining
As a lady, I’m praying
In my prison cell
And that auld triangle went jingle-jangle
All along the banks of the Royal Canal

In the female prison
There are 75 women
And among them now, I wish I did dwell
Then that auld triangle could go jingle-jangle
All along the banks of the Royal Canal

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Dominic Behan (attributed)


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