Song Written For The World Run By John-Michael Field: The Irishman Upon Your Floor (The Ballad of Tony Mangan)

Well what can I say? Thanks to my friend John-Michael Field from Wilbraham, Ma. I stayed in his home for a couple of nights last month.

He penned this song for me!

Press >> HERE To hear The Irishman Upon Your Floor (The Ballad of Tony Mangan)

Tony’s takin’ his time, runnin’ around the world…three years! Please check him out at: theworldjog.com-blog if you have not done so already… I told Tony I’d write him a song-an anthem, it turns out-it’s the least I can do. Tony, we’re hoping that everyone the world ’round hear about you comin’ and gets in touch through theworldjog and puts you up for the night with a fat steak! Carry on!
The Irishman Upon Your Floor

Across the miles and years he’s run
Setting records in setting suns
10 marathons in forty-eight (hours!)
450 K in three days straight
The ultramarathoner’s curse
If you don’t run then you feel worse
If Tony could, he would retire
But the travelin’ bug set him on fire

From Dublin off to Newfoundland
His magic letter in his hand
He is the Buddha in disguise
Circlin’ the world, no compromise
The Irishman upon your floor

Sun’s not quite up, the mornin’s stark
This ain’t a stroll out through the park
The trip goes on, and on and on
At fifty K a day…
His focus is beyond belief
Each measured mile some small relief
Each step is gold through wind and cold
He’s steady on his way

Tony, where’r’ you travelin’ now?
We know you’ll labor on somehow
We’ve sent the word ahead of you
To tell them that you’re passin’ through
Tony, where you travelin’ now?

Nirvana’s path is straight and true
Faithful friend she’s been to you
Across the miles past curious smiles
You both go floating by
The WorldJog’s a dynasty
Gathering friends from A-to-Z
Your family grows out on the road
We’re with you every mile

Tony where the hell you been?
We’re dyin’ to hear from you again
The weather’s chasing at your heels
Where will you find your next hot meal?
Tony, where the hell you been?

Final Chorus:
Tony where the hell you been?
We’re dyin’ to hear from you again
We’ve sent the word on up ahead
That you’re much obliged for any bed
The Irishman upon your floor

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5 Responses to “Song Written For The World Run By John-Michael Field: The Irishman Upon Your Floor (The Ballad of Tony Mangan)”

  1. theworldjog Says:

    Thanks so much for this John-Michael :) I am delighted with it and am so proud to call you a friend. I enjoyed my couple of days in Wilbraham. You made my running there easy! Please keep in touch. Tony.

  2. Ann Says:

    Hi Tony,

    Congratulations on another achievement, 100 days since the World Jog began. Doing fab, take care
    Ann, Mam and all the gang

  3. stewart cochrane Says:

    great tune …and congrats to you tony

    keep on keep on keepin on…
    you are doing great

    stewart and bernie

  4. lisa and tom in Kane Says:

    Loved the song! Tony you are a LEGEND!

  5. gary salmon Says:

    Very good song. who knows tony, you might be able to get Bono and the lads to play it for you when you go to see them :)


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About Tony

I have always considered myself to be an average runner. In school, I was even bullied for I was a sports wimp. Through hard work, dedication, perseverance, self-belief and a strong mind I succeeded in not only running around the world but breaking four ultra running world records during my competitive career. Having previously cycled around the world I didn't start running until I was almost 30. Then I had a dream of running around the world. For many reasons, I waited for over 20 years. One reason was to establish my pedigree as an endurance athlete. I started and finished my world run as the current World Record-Holder for 48 Hours Indoor Track 426 kilometres (265 miles), a record I have held since 2007. I also broke and still hold the World Record for 48 hours on a Treadmill 405 kilometres (251 miles) in 2008. When I retired from competition, more pleasing than any of my world, European or Irish records I had the respect of my fellow athletes from all over the world - in my opinion, sports greatest reward - an achievement I am most proud of. Then I finally put myself out to pasture, to live my ultimate dream to run around the world! This blog was written on the road while I struggled to find places to sleep and to recover from running an average of 43.3 kilometres or 27 miles per day for 1,165 road days. There were many nights I typed this blog on a smart phone, so fatigued my eyes closed. Many journalists and endurance athletes have referred to my world run as the most difficult endurance challenge ever attempted. During my expedition I rarely had any support vehicles, running mostly with a backpack. In the more desolate areas I pushed my gear, food and water in a cart which I called Nirvana, then I sent her on ahead to run with my backpack once again over altitudes of almost 5,000 metres in the Andes. I stayed in remote villages where many people had never seen a white person before. I literally met the most wonderful people of this world in their own backyard and share many of those amazing experiences in this blog. My run around the world took 4 years. There were no short cuts, I ran every single metre on the road while seeking out the most comprehensive route across 41 countries, 5 continents, I used 50 pair of running shoes and my final footstep of the run was exactly 50,000 kilometres, (almost 31,000 miles) I eventually finished this tongue in cheek named world jog where I started, at the finish line of my city marathon. I started my global run with the Dublin Marathon on October 25th 2010 and finished with the Dublin Marathon on October 27th 2014 at 3 05pm! Thank you for your support, I hope you can share my unique way of seeing the world, the ultimate endurance challenge! Read more...


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