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John Reilly, a Cavan man studying in UCD, was on the side of the road hitchhiking back to Dublin on a very dark night and in the midst of a big storm.


The night was rolling on and no car went by. The storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him. Suddenly, he saw a car slowly coming towards him and stopped.


John, desperate for shelter and without thinking about it, got into the car and closed the door... only to realize there was nobody behind the wheel and the engine wasn't on. The car started moving slowly.

John looked at the road ahead and saw a curve approaching.

Scared, he started to pray, begging for his life.


Then, just before the car hit the curve, a hand appeared out of nowhere through the window, and turned the wheel. John, paralyzed with terror, watched as the hand came through the window, but never touched or harmed him.


Shortly thereafter, John saw the lights of a pub appear down the road, so, gathering strength; he jumped out of the car and ran to it. Wet and out of breath, he rushed inside and started telling everybody about the horrible experience he had just had.


A silence enveloped the pub when everybody realized he was crying...

and wasn't drunk.


Suddenly, the door opened, and two other people walked in from the dark and stormy night. They, like John, were also soaked and out of breath. Looking around, and seeing John Reilly sobbing at the bar, one said to the other...


Look Frank...

there's that idiot that got in the car while we were pushing it!!!!

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Actually there is a similar piece set to music that some here might recognize: Finnegan's Wake.


For some background and lyrics...




I'm sure there's something on youtube for the melody side of it.




While drinking and rebellion were first and foremost topics for that genre, sea chantries ran a distant third.


In that vein: "The Cruise of The Calabar" not even close to Finnegan's Wake in popularity. But equally irreverent.


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That was a nice yarn. Made me smile. Also reminded me (in a different way)of a song Tom Waits did on Nighthawks at the Diner - "Big Joe and Phantom 309". More or less a spoken piece with minimal instrumentation in the background.

It was a cover of a country song by Red Sovine? I think.I've never heard the original.But Tom's version was both atmospheric,sad with all the elements of a good ghost story.In this case a phantom trucker driver in his ghost truck picking up a hitchhiker.


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