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I'll Tell Me Ma - Belfast City (Ron Hynes) w/lyrics & videos

   #2429: YouTube video by NewfoundlandMusicMan ©2013
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I'll tell my ma when I go home,
The boys won't leave the girls alone;
They pulled my hair and stole my comb,
But that's all right till I go home.
She is handsome.... she is pretty,
She is the belle of Belfast city;
She is a-courtin'.... one-two-three,
Please won't you tell me who is she?

I'll tell my ma when I go home,
The boys won't leave the girls alone;
They pulled my hair and stole my comb,
But that's all right till I go home.
She is handsome, she is pretty,
She is the belle of Belfast city;
She is a-courtin', one-two-three,
Please won't you tell me who is she?

Albert Mooney says he loves her,
All the boys are fightin' for her;
Knock at the door and ring the bell,
"Hey, my true love, are you well?"
Out she comes as white as snow,
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes;
Old Johnny Morrissey says she'll die,
If she doesn't get a fella with the roving eye.

I'll tell my ma when I go home,
The boys won't leave the girls alone;
They pulled my hair and stole my comb,
But that's all right till I go home.
She is handsome, she is pretty,
She is the belle of Belfast city;
She is a-courtin', one-two-three,
Please won't you tell me who is she?

Let the wind and the rain and the hail blow high,
Snow come tumblin' from the sky;
She's as nice as apple pie,
She'll get a fellow by and by.
When she gets a lad of her own,
She won't tell her ma when she gets home;
Let them all come as they will,
It's Albert Mooney she loves still.

I'll tell my ma when I go home,
The boys won't leave the girls alone;
They pulled my hair and stole my comb,
But that's all right till I go home.
She is handsome, she is pretty,
She is the belle of Belfast city;
She is a-courtin', one-two-three,
Please won't you tell me who is she?

I'll tell my ma when I go home,
The boys won't leave the girls alone;
They pulled my hair and stole my comb,
But that's all right till I go home.
She is handsome, she is pretty,
She is the belle of Belfast city;
She is a-courtin', one-two-three,
Please won't you tell me who is she?

####.... Author unknown. Traditional children's song ....####
From Wikipedia:
I'll Tell Me Ma - (also called The Wind) is a well known children's song. It was collected in various parts of England in the 19th century and again appears in collections from shortly after the turn of the 20th century. In Ireland the chorus usually refers to Belfast City and is known colloquially as The Belle of Belfast City, although it is also adapted to other Irish cities, such as Dublin. English versions refer to the Golden City or London City. The song accompanies a children's game. A ring is formed by the children joining hands, one player standing in the centre. When asked, Please tell me who they be, the girl in the middle gives the name or initials of a boy in the ring (or vice versa). The ring then sings the rest of the words, and the boy who was named goes into the centre.

The YouTube video above features a 1978 film of Ron Hynes performing as part of the cast of the CBC Television music and comedy series called The Root Cellar. The series gave birth to the Wonderful Grand Band, which became one of Newfoundland's most popular acts. Combining traditional and original songs, fresh musical ideas and comic interludes, the band spent six years touring, producing its own television series and recording two albums.


See more songs by Ron Hynes.

The YouTube video below features a variant by Sham Rock, a Northern Irish pseudo-folk band, best known for this 1998 single which remained in the United Kingdom Singles Chart for 11 weeks, peaking at number 13.


         #1532: YouTube video by Leftstrum ©2011.
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A variant was recorded by Old Irish (Old Irish, trk#1, 1991, published by Rhonda O'Keefe-Arsenault, recorded and mixed at Jolly Rogers Studios, St. John's, NL).

A variant was also recorded by Gwen Carroll (Rare Old Times / Gwen Carroll & Peter Halley, trk#9, 1993, published by Gwen Carroll & Peter Halley, manufactured by SWC Productions, recorded and mixed by Rick Hollett at the Audio Garden Studio, St. John's, NL).

A variant was recorded by The Clancey's (Songs To Sing, trk#6, 1999, produced by Tony Lockyer and Don Oakley for MC Concepts, Avalon Music Limited, Torbay, NL).

A variant was also recorded by Brown Ale (Heads Up, trk#17, 2000, Tian Music, Brampton, Ontario).

And a variant was recorded as I'll Tell My Ma by Stephanie Nash of Colinet, NL, produced and arranged by Kevin Collins, recorded at Sawyer Hill Productions, Placentia, NL).

The YouTube video below features a live performance by The Crimson Pirates at the New York Renaissance Faire on 19 August 2007.


         #280: YouTube video by Kinravip ©2007.
                   ~ Used with permission ~

The YouTube video below features a very upbeat disco variant by Celtic Pride and dance music producer Mickey Modelle (Irish Clubland / Greatest Hits Collection, trk#13, 2003, Emerald Music, a subsidiary of Vogue Records, Belfast, Ireland).



         #1036: YouTube video by x0scotland0x ©2009.
                   ~ Used with permission ~


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All guitar tabs have been contributed by visitors to this site and represent their interpretation of the tune. We are unable to verify their accuracy.

I'll tell my ma when I go home,
The [D7] boys won't leave the girls [G] alone;
[G] They pulled my hair and stole my comb,
But [D7] that's all right till I go [G] home.
[G] She is handsome, [C]she is pretty,
[G] She is the belle of [D7] Belfast city;
[G] She is a-courtin' [C]one-two-three,
[G] Please won't you [D7] tell me who is [G] she?





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