" I WENT OUT WALKING THROUGH STREETS PAVED WITH GOLD "
THE BALLAD OF RONNIE DREW SINGLE - U2, THE DUBLINERS, KILA, A BAND OF BOWSIES

Version I
 Release Date:  Ireland: Feb 22, 2008 (Digital) Feb. 29, 2008 (Physical)
 Record Label:  Universal Music Ireland
 Top Chart Placement:  Ireland: 2 UK: NA US: NA Can: NA
 Related Releases:  None
 TRACKLISTING (Click for Lyrics):
  • The Ballad of Ronnie Drew (4:52) - U2, Dubliners, Kila, Band of Bowsies
  • Easy and Slow (3:06) - Ronnie Drew
 LINER NOTES:
The Ballad of Ronnie Drew: Song written by Robert Hunter, Bono, The Edge, Carmody.  Produced by John Reynolds.  Music by U2, The Dubliners, Kila.

A Band of Bowsies:  Christy Moore, Shane MacGowan, Damien Dempsey, Andrewa Corr, Sinead O'Connor, Moya Brennan, Glen Hansard.  And in Alphabetical Order:  Billy McGuinness, Brian Kennedy, Bronagh Gallagher, Chris De Burgh, Christy Dignam, Duke Special, Eleanor McEvoy, Eleanor Shanley, Gavin Friday, Iona Green, Jack L, Jerry Fish, Joe Elliott, Mary Black, Mary Coughlan, Mik Pyro, Mundy, Paddy Casey, Paul Brady, Ronan Keating.

Engineer / Additional Production: Alastair McMillan.  Production Assistants:  Anna Ralph, Nicky Dempsey, Enda Walsh.  Executive Producers: Simon Carmody and Suzanne Doyle.  Instrument Technicians for U2: Sam O'Sullivan.  Film Director: John Carney.  Camera: Enda O'Looney.  Mastered by Kevin Metcalf at Soundmasters, London.

A tribute - recorded at Windmill Lane, January 14th and 15th, 2008. 

Musicians: U2 (Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jnr) The Dubliners (Barney McKenna, Eamonn Campbell, John Sheahan, Patsy Watchorn) Kila (Dee Armstrong, Eoin Dillon, Brian Hogan, Lance Hogan, Colm  Snodaigh, Rnn  Snodaigh, Rossa  Snodaigh)

Sleeve Design: Gary Kelly, Four5One Creative, Dublin.

All Profits from this Record go to the Irish Cancer Society, The National Cancer Care Charity dedicated to eliminating cancer and Improving the lives of those living with cancer.  www.cancer.ie.

 OTHER NOTES:
Available in Ireland only "The Ballad of Ronnie Drew" was released on digital download on February 22, 2008 and a CD single followed on February 29th.  A rumoured DVD single, featuring the video of the performance and recording of the song never surfaced.  "The Ballad of Ronnie Drew" was written by Robert Hunter of the Grateful Dead with Bono, Edge and Simon Carmody and has been described as "a fitting tribute" to Ronnie Drew, who topped the Irish Charts with The Dubliners 'Seven Drunken Nights' in 1967.  The song was originally written with a part for Ronnie to perform, but his declining health prevented this.

Ronnie Drew chose the Irish Cancer Society to be the recipient of all profits from this track. The Irish Cancer Society, is dedicated to eliminating cancer and improving the lives of those living with cancer.  Bono speaking at the time of the recording said "Ronnie is like the King of Ireland, and we are his subjects."

Ronnie Drew passed away a few months after the release of this song, on August 16, 2008 after a long battle with throat cancer.

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  • Sinead O'Connor recorded "Heroine" with the Edge. It was the main song on the Captive Soundtrack and was also released as a single. It also appeared on 2005's Collaborations compilation featuring Sinead performing with other artists
  • Sinead O'Connor recorded "You Made Me the Thief of Your Heart", a song written by Bono and Gavin Friday for the In the Name of the Father Soundtrack. It was also released as a single with additional mixes. She also recorded a live version of the song for her She Who Dwells album.
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  • "Thief of Your Heart" also was released on The Best of Sinead O'Connor. A live version was also released on her She Who Dwells compilation.
  • Bono and Edge sing back up on the track "Little Black Dress" on Gavin Friday's album Shag Tobacco.
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  • The Corrs stepped in at the last minute for an ill PJ Harvey at the opening shows of 2001's Elevation Tour
  • The Corrs' Live from Dublin album featured Bono on vocals on both "When the Stars Go Blue" and "Summer Wine". When the Stars Go Blue was released as a promotional single to radio.
  • Sharon and Andrea Corr contributed instrumentals to the soundtrack version of "The Hands That Built America" found on the Gangs of New York Soundtrack. The song was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe and a For Your Consideration Promo CD was released for voters of this category.
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  • The Corrs album, Borrowed Heaven, also contained the song "Time Enough for Tears". This is the same version as that found on the soundtrack album (see above).
 RELEASE DETAILS:
 5" COMPACT DISC (CD):
Country: Ireland
Label: Universal Ireland
Catalog: 1764794
UPC: 0 602517 647947
Package: Slimline Jewel Case
Matrix: 1764794 01
Tracklisting:
The Ballad of Ronnie Drew / Easy and Slow
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