LAS VEGAS (IN THE HILLS OF DONEGAL)

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LAS VEGAS (IN THE HILLS OF DONEGAL)

 

“Las Vegas (In the Hills of Donegal)” is a song by the Irish folk rock group Goats Don’t Shave. It was a top 10 hit for the band in 1992, reaching #4 on the Irish singles chart.

The lyrics of the song tell of the speaker’s desire to turn County Donegal, described to be fame-less and unknown, into a gambling hub, ala Las Vegas. He speaks of walling it off from the rest of Ireland while legalizing casinos and brothels. There are several references made to people from popular and business culture including Jack the Ripper, Neil Blaney, Brigitte Nielsen, Mike Tyson and Donald Trump.

It was first released by the Goats Don’t Shave in 1992 with the release of their album, The Rusty Razor. The song found new popularity in the 2000s, not only among people from County Donegal, but people from all over Ireland. The album was a mix of modern material and traditional Irish folk written mostly by Pat Gallagher; their second album ‘Out In the Open’ harked back to Pat’s rockier days with his band 3PM, a very good mix of rock and folk.

The song has been covered by many other artists including The Dubliners and The Saw Doctors.

 

You may talk about Atlantis, how it’s lost

beneath the sea

Or the grave of the unknown soldier and the

cry of the old banshee

Who was the man in the iron mask, was Jack

the ripper set free?

But ask them all where’s Donegal, and it’s

still a mystery

 

And if I could I’d build a wall around auld

Donegal

The north and south to keep them out, my

god I’d build it tall

Casinos, chicken ranches, I’d legalize them

all

We’d have our own Las Vegas in the hills of

Donegal

Yeah, Las Vegas in the hills of Donegal

 

Playboy clubs and all night pubs, black

jack and roulette

Mel Gibson, Brigitte Nielsen, Mike Tyson

having a bet

Inishowen would then be known for it’s

multi-millionaires

Where Donald Trump would have a chunk to

live in solitaire

 

And if I could I’d build a wall around auld

Donegal

The north and south to keep them out, my

god I’d build it tall

Casinos, chicken ranches, I’d legalize them

all

We’d have our own Las Vegas in the hills of

Donegal

Yeah, Las Vegas in the hills of Donegal

 

To stand on top of Errigal would give me

such a thrill

I’ve heard them say in Dublin there’s gold

in them there hills

So don’t despair, ‘cos if you dare, the

answer lies with me

There’s a wall that’s steep and it’s going

cheap somewhere in Germany

 

And if I could I’d build a wall around auld

Donegal

The north and south to keep them out, my

god I’d build it tall

Casinos, chicken ranches, I’d legalize them

all

We’d have our own Las Vegas in the hills of

Donegal

Yeah, Las Vegas in the hills of Donegal