You’re A Callahan, from Leading Lady (Day 130)

Before I post today’s song, I have to take note of another Project 194 milestone reached: with my 130th post (on May 10), I’m now 2/3 of the way to my goal of 194 songs. In those 130 days, more than 1800 visitors have come, and more than 4500 page views have been recorded. All in all, visitors have spent over 80 hours on the site since January 1.

To celebrate, I’ve got two songs from Leading Lady, and they’re in a celebratory mood. In the story of Leading Lady, these come in the third scene of Act I. Having introduced Mae in her milieu and then heard her “I want” song, Just Known, the scene now changes to a pub where Mary’s father, Michael Callahan, is carousing with his mates.

Tinker man, tinker man
Won’t you come tinker with me?
Won’t you come polish my big brass pot?
I need you to rub on a certain spot.
Your tools are grand, they’re dandy and
You handle ‘em manfully!
You know how to tickle me pinker
My tinker, tinker man

Michael is full of braggadocio, but when his daughter Mary arrives at the pub to summon him home, Michael takes a razzing from his mates. Mary is unhappy at having to part with most of her wages to settle up his bar tab, but he tries to cheer her up with a song:


When I came as a lad to America,
‘Twas a land of opportunity, I knew.
‘Tis a land that’s been grand for the immigrant:
George M. Cohan, John L. Sullivan, and you!
In this nation of great possibilities,
Anyone can be successful, wait and see!
But to get what you deserve
Takes a special kind of nerve
Like the kind that you inherited from me!

Mary, me gal,
You’re a Callahan
And a Callahan can do anything
She sets her mind to do!
Just follow your father’s example, girl
And you’ll go far
As long as you stay true to who you are!

MARY: Some may try to deny they’re from ireland.
They believe their Irish birth is a disgrace.
But there’s nothing we can hide —
No, we couldn’t if we tried!

MICHAEL: There’s a map of bloody Ireland on yer face!

Though I’ve quite a polite sensibility,
I am brash when my passion is inflamed!
I don’t give a fiddler’s fart
About being smooth or smart!
I am proud that i am loud and unashamed!

Mary, me gal,
You’re a Callahan
And a Callahan can do anything
She sets her mind to do!
Just give ‘em a bit of the irish, girl,
And you’ll go far
As long as you stay true to who you are!

MARY: Suppose I’d like the chance
To be queen of Paris, France?

MEN: On stage, you can!
You’re a Callahan!

MAE: Or go barging down the nile
In a Cleo-patrick style?

MEN: Of course you can
You’re a Callahan!

MAE: On stage, they’d treat me with respect.
On stage, I’d show a grand affect

MEN: You’d play Titania!
Joan of Arc!

MAE: I’ll make a mark, you’ll see
I’ll be a leading lady
And divil the man
Who thinks he can
Deny my fantasy.

PRIEST: Since the day of that play at Saint Monica’s
I could see you’d a talent for the stage.
NUNS: You knew how to play the part.
You had passion, you had heart
SHOPKEEPER: And the confidence of someone twice your age!

MICHAEL: So tomorrow you go see Mister Manager
With a message that I surely hope he heeds:
He can search high and low
For a star to grace his show
But a Callahan’s exactly what he needs!

Mary, me gal,
You’re a Callahan
And a Callahan can do anything
She sets her mind to do.
Just give ‘em bit of the Irish
And you’ll be a star,
As long as you stay true to who you are!
As long as you stay true to who you are!

I love this song as an anthem for Day 130. Just like Mary Callahan, I’ve set my mind to do something – 194 posts or bust! – and I’m feeling like my goal is in sight. Michael Callahan’s sense of self-confidence, his carefree cock-sure-ness, is an inspiration to me. All you need is confidence, and a “bit of the Irish,” and you’ll go far!

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