This is an album at songs that I like very much. These songs mean something to me, and I do hope the listener enjoys them as much as I do.
Side one kicks off with "Ramblin' Man", written by the Allman Bros. Band. I like this one as much as I like ramblin' itself.
"Suzanne" was written by new song writer Joe Kavanagh, and features some lovely guitar lines.
"Ellen O'Connor" is a little known West of Ireland famine song. It is very tender and very beautiful. "Jimmy was a Drinkin' Kind of Man" is a good song written by Johnny Rodriquez, and has a great fiddle section.
Kris Kristofferson is, of course, world famous, and this is one of his songs that I could easily sing for the rest or my days. "For the Good Times" is dedicated to all romantics, wherever you are.
I love the gentle folksy-country feel to this number. "We should be Together". Don Williams, who has been around a long time, wrote it, and it's nice to see him coming to prominence with his lovely gentle songs.
"Ben Bolt" is a real oldie, but an absolute gem. Written way back in 1848 by Dr. Thomas Dunn, English lawyer, politician, journalist, playwright and poet, and Nelson Kneass, black faced minstrel, and musical director of the Eagle Ice Cream Parlour in Pittsburgh. This song was a favourite of John McCormack, and it is terribly, terribly sad, and I love it.
My old and dear friend, Shay Healy, wrote this one, "Children end Flowers". Shay is now domiciled somewhere in or on the American continent. Hurry Home Healy
"Jesus Is my Kind of People" says the next one, and I suppose he is. Wouldn't it be great if he could come back and straighten out the mess we've made?
"The Green Hills of Kerry" is where this ramblin' man heads for when he has some free time. Wish I had a little more of it.
Bobby Goldsboro wrote "Marlene". It has a nice summery 'Tex-Mex' feel to it. Know what I mean?
"Sweet Primroses" is Olde English. You can (if you could) do a minuet to it.
When I first heard Waylon Jennings (my all time favourite country singer) sing "Mary Anne Regrets" I wanted to record it, and I did, so here she is.
One of my hobbies is finding old Irish songs and rewriting them. "Far Away from my Native Land" is the sort of song that suits me down to my patent leather boots.
"A Bed of Roses" is about a loose woman. Why doesn't somebody tighten her up?
I learned "Far Away in Australia" from the singing of Connie Foley.
Country fiddle player extraordinary, Doug Kershaw, wrote "Natural Man". This one I really love, Nice harmonica and guitar work push it along nicely.
Somebody said that I should call the album after this song, "A Legend in My time", I personally think it's a bit soon for that.
Johnny Cash told me when he was in Dublin that he loved my version of his "Tear Stained Letter". Wail until he gets the tear stained royalty cheque.
The last song on the album is called "Sadie Take a Lover". Ah, Sadie, you could do worse than take this Irishman.
That's all for now folks see you on the next album.