The Rabbit

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This instrumental was born straight up from a humorous moment.

It was late in the evening and I was heading into visit friends with a good buddy known as Chuck Norris. We came out of the drive and turned left to head towards our local town of Louisburgh, Co. Mayo. As we instantly came down the road within 20 metres there was a little rabbit on the road and it semed to be stunned by the headlights of the van. I got out of the van to have a closer look and while I moved towards the little fella he didn’t move. I went to pick him up and he moved just a little bit for me to spot ‘hey, this fella could be injured’. I decided I would pick him up and bring him home, have a look over him and if he is injured sort him out and when ok again let him go. While I was thinking this i was continually trying to be gentle and pick him up while he kept moving forward. So I live at a crossroads and as he kept moving forward and on a dark night with nothing but bright van lights beaming down the road I was just concentrated on helping him and not my surroundings. Within these few little movements we both managed to cross the road and get to the other side without my realisation Then he jumped onto a part of the grass/ditch, which I didn’t come to relise it was supporting his weight while it wouldn’t support mine. I step onto it, go head over heels and fall down into a 12ft ditch. While all this is happening good old Chuck Norris is laughing his ass off in the van while I try deal with the situation. Chuck just see’s me go starfish in the air as I fly over this ditch and end up in the bottom of it. Here I am at the bottom of this thing up to my waist in not the most pleasant of
stuff looking up at the sky and all i can see is van lights shinning above across the top. It’s to steep, wet and slippery for me to climb out so I’m shouting “Chuck, Chuck” to eventually he comes over and yep laughing his ass off. I don’t blame him; i am too and would be if it were he. He reaches down and pulls me out of the thing. We drive back to the house, I get cleaned up and we then embark back into visit friends to then explain the story. Later that night when we arrive back to the house I was thinking of the incident and good friend and housemate Stevie had left his guitar out. Every one had gone to bed so I pick it up,
slapped on a capo and it was just in that tuning at the time. I just start playing beside the now gone out fire and what you hear in the recording is what just came out on that night. As for the rabbit, he was no longer to be seen or helped. While it seems he got the better of me that evening, laying me into that trap and probably having a good old laugh too. This instrumental is dedicated to the wee fell and hope he was ok. I felt the want to then call it ‘the rabbit’ hope you enjoy.


from Never Too Old, released November 1, 2014


tags: folk Ireland


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