Can I Go Up On Top?


N17 – Tolu Makay and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

In fairness.



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31 thoughts on “Can I Go Up On Top?

      1. benblack

        It’s a good cover, however, it’s been pushed hard – even before New Year’s Eve.

        Foreign soil was always British, never Irish – and we never forced our way of life on anyone.

        The original Saw Doctors version sounds better to me – more authentic – but still a very good musical interpretation.

      1. AntoS

        I didn’t know what to expect when I clicked the link but that was fantastic thanks!! Love the theremin.

  1. GiggidyGoo

    I was never keen of the original, but this version and vocal is brilliant – puts a whole new slant on the song. Duly bookmarked

    1. benblack


      I liked the musical interpretation but the ‘Foreign Soil’ lyric hurt me – it put a different ‘slant’ on the original.

      That’s all.

      1. ReproBertie

        What’s the problem with the “foreign soil” lyric? It is exactly the same as it is in the original.

          1. Brother Barnabas

            i thought about asking you to elucidate but I’d be afraid it would initiate something about abortion and fetuses and john 3:14

          2. ReproBertie

            I don’t think you know what you’re talking about ben. Perhaps you could try and explain what context you think is missing or present.

          3. benblack

            Perhaps, the spelling of foetuses? Made the same mistake myself recently.

            Nice chapter and verse, BB, BTW.


            I’ve explained that clearly in a previous post on this thread.

          4. ReproBertie

            You obviously haven’t or I wouldn’t be asking.

            “Foreign soil was always British, never Irish – and we never forced our way of life on anyone.”

            What does that even mean? The song says nothing about Britain or forcing anyone’s way of life on anyone.

          5. benblack


            Not if you’re an American, which you are not.


            This is getting quite tiresome.

            There are no foreigners in Ireland.

            We welcome all.

            Granted, that has changed, of late, but that’s not the country I grew up in and not time the when this song was written.

            The song says everthing about the Anglo-Irish relations, at the time.

            We had to go to Britain to work as navvies because there was no work here – and, for Connaught men, they wished they were on the N-17 instead of over there.

          6. Brother Barnabas

            not about Am English or Br English at all actually, ben (sure doesnt the BMJ use ‘fetuses’?)

            one is a medical term, the other a layman’s term

            i’m not a medical fellow but I prefer ‘fetuses’ sp. as it’s more etymologically accurate (deriving as it does from the Latin ‘fetus’)

            as I said I’m not a medical fellow but I can assure you that the mild reddening you’re feeling in your cheeks right now will pass

          7. ReproBertie

            There are plenty of foreigners in Ireland, and were when the song was originally released, but that has nothing to do with this. The song is about an Irish person living abroad, on foreign soil, longing for home. This is reinforced by the videos of Irish people abroad sending messages home which are included in the performance. That’s the context.

            I still have no idea what context you are trying to force onto this performance of the song to justify it having “hurt you”.

  2. V aka Frilly Keane

    Love this
    And love the original

    A great Irish Dance Hall, Travelling by bus muck fest classic that deserves to be a living track across any genre that will have it

    Irish songs that aren’t rebel ballads
    Or songs of war & execution & martyrdom
    Or starvation & land seizures
    Or drunken rabble tiocfidh deserve to be kept lit
    They are songs about us
    And who we really are
    As we live day to day

    Not of our historical Political circumstances and consequences
    Jaysus. Next time I have to listen to that f’ing Kevin Barry I want it to be Jerry n’Jimmy punk rocking it wide open
    And smashing it like a guitar off a brick wall

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