1. This is a live version of a song I wrote about 19th century adventurer-Johnny "Dynamite" O' Brien. The song is called, appropriately-Johnny Dynamite! The video was shot in my apartment in High Street, Killarney.
    Ciaran Mainstone shot the video, and I recorded the sound. This video is an outtake for an Indygogo pitch I am working on, we had some issues with the sound for the song, but managed o.k. in the end (I think!). The Indygogo pitch is for a planned documentary on Johnny Dynamite, which will be shot in Cuba, New York, and Ireland, next year.

    Johnny Dynamite

    Over there by the East river,
    Where the seagulls cry and stretch their wings,
    The shipyard boats are primed for leaving,
    It’s a long time since Jonny went a fighting.
    In the month of April, 1837,
    Johnny's mother exhausted, sighed,
    Held in her arms her new-born baby -
    Johnny Dynamite O’Brien.
    As a restless child he prowled the docks,
    Seeking trouble or fortune, whichever he could find,
    Soon learned his trade on Cherry Street,
    On ships Jane and Albion then his trade he plied.
    Marine Mambí Johnny Dynamite!

    On the first days of a long summer,
    He first fought for Cuba and there Spain's demise.
    On the Rambler he went roving,
    from New York Harbor he did incite -
    To Boca del Toro and waiting soldiers
    Bound for Cuba's foreign climes.
    Laden down with mighty explosives -
    Pining for Havana’s harbor Cuba's pride.
    As the rebels they went sailing,
    A stormy gale did arise.
    A mighty storm lashed the hold,
    And the 60 tonnes of dynamite.

    Midnight dark, roaring, reeling,
    Explosives rolled loose, near set alight,
    Johnny tied them down as he heard around him
    Sailors softly their prayers recite.
    Marine Mambí Johnny Dynamite!

    He smuggled all guns fired at Las Tunas,
    The prickly thorn in Valeriano Wayler’s side.
    Brought Jose Martí’s son to that battle
    And 3000 pounds of dynamite.
    He settled down in the port Havana,
    As the cries of Cuba libre did subside,
    Swimming in the sparkling Caribbean sea,
    Basking in freedom’s glory and sunny climes.
    Before Johnny died he returned to the docks,
    To see snowfall on New York Harbour's side.
    No-more will Johnny go a roving,
    He died that June as the scorching summer arrived.
    Marine Mambí Johnny Dynamite!

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Johnny Dynamite (A Captain Unafraid)

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Various videos concerning Johnny Dynamite O' Brien, and the making of the documentary - "A Captain Unafraid."

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