Green Eyes, Red Hair

Wendy and I made our annual pilgrimage to see Gaelic Storm in concert this past weekend at the Val Air Ballroom. As always, we had a great time. This year we loved having Taylor and Clayton along as we dined at Nick’s before the concert with our friends Kevin and Becky.

One of the songs on the group’s newest CD is entitled “Green Eyes, Red Hair” and it’s become one of my favorites. In part, my affinity for the song goes back to a brief experience I had in Dublin back in 1998. I was there with friends and we’d been pub hopping most of the afternoon and evening. We ended up in a small pub that was packed with people. It was November and the weather was cold and damp. As with most pubs, the atmosphere was dark. People were dressed in dark leather coats and (in those years) the place was full of smoke.

Suddenly, like the sun bursting through a hole in the clouds, a young woman walked through the crowd wearing a bright, white cable knit sweater that accentuated her beautiful porcelain complexion. She had the largest, most gorgeous mane of long, curly red hair that flowed over her shoulders and down her back and when she turned she had the brightest, most penetrating green eyes I’d ever seen. With a glance, her eyes communicated that you’d better not mess with her because beyond her beauty was a temperament that could cut you down and squash you like a bug should she choose to do so. It was like an apparition had just appeared in the bar. In my memory, I can see the packed crowd parting to let her through and as people turned their heads.

Anyway, the moment I heard Gaelic Storm sing this song I knew that somewhere, at some point in time, they’d seen the same apparition.

Shes a cup of tea, shes a Jaegerbomb
Shes an angel, shes an Amazon
Shes a poem, shes an alphabet
Shes a violin with a bayonet
Shes a revolution, shes a peace accord
Shes a grain of sand, shes the Cliffs of Moher
Shes Friday night, shes Sunday Morning
Shes a fair wind, shes a sailors warning
Green eyes, red hair, long legs
Devil inside her
Green eyes, red hair, long legs
Shes got the devil inside her
Shes a glass house, shes an ivory tower
Shes a tin roof, shes a summer shower
Shes a carnival, shes a masquerade
Shes a picket fence, shes lemonade
Green eyes, red hair, long legs
Devil inside her
Green eyes, red hair, long legs
Devil inside her
Green eyes, red hair, long legs
Devil inside her
Green eyes, red hair, long legs
Shes got the devil inside her
She can disappear, she can walk on water
Shes the Queen of Sheba, shes the farmers daughter
Shes a cocktail dress, a cowboy boot
Shes a question mark, shes absolute
Green eyes, red hair, long legs
Devil inside her…

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