Music Thursday: Gaelic Storm “Spanish Lady”

Because Monday is already taken. This column will feature music I listen to when I write, or maybe sometimes music I just like (and therefore think everyone else should, too).

“Spanish Lady” is a traditional Irish song. This version is by the band Gaelic Storm (the steerage band in Titanic). I dare you not to chair-dance (assuming you’re sitting):

The nonsense words in the chorus, “Whack fol the toora, loora laddi-o / Whack fol the toora loora lay” are an example of Irish mouth music. The original lyrics could have been Irish Gaelic, but mouth music is intended for dancing, either alone or accompanying a few other instruments, so the sound and the rhythm are more important than the meaning of the words.

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