#00484
Spanish Lady (The Fables) MIDI, videos
See also: Galway City (Ryan's Fancy)
And also: Galway City (Chris Hennessy)
#1139: YouTube video by TheNewfoundlandMusic
©2016 ~ Used with permission ~

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As I rolled out for Donnelaith city
At the hour of twelve at night,
Who should I see but a Spanish lady
Combing her hair by candlelight;
First she tossed it then she brushed it
On her lap with a silver comb,
In all my life I ne'er did see
A maid so sweet since I did roam.

Ratty and ah too dum too dum too dum,
Ratty and ah too dum too dum day;
Ratty and ah too dum too dum too dum,
Ratty and ah too dum too dum day.

Lassie, I have gold and silver,
Your kind favour for to win.
What would you give me the greatest pleasure,
If you never did call again.
What would I do if I went a rovin',
Rovin' out in the morning dew?
What would I do if I went a rovin'?
Rovin' out with a lad like you?

Ratty and ah too dum too dum too dum,
Ratty and ah too dum too dum day;
Ratty and ah too dum too dum too dum,
Ratty and ah too dum too dum day.

Did you ever see the grass in the morning,
All bedecked with jewels rare?
Did you ever see a handsome damsel,
Diamonds sparkling in her hair?
Did you ever see a copper kettle,
Mended with an old tin can?
Did you ever see a handsome damsel,
Married off to an ugly man?

Ratty and ah too dum too dum too dum,
Ratty and ah too dum too dum day;
Ratty and ah too dum too dum too dum,
Ratty and ah too dum too dum day.

I traveled north and traveled south
And across the ocean wide,
I'll ne'er forget the Spanish lady,
Oft I wished her for me bride.
Old age has its hand upon me,
Cold as fire of ashy coals;
In all my life I ne'er did see,
A maid so sweet about the soul.

Ratty and ah too dum too dum too dum,
Ratty and ah too dum too dum day;
Ratty and ah too dum too dum too dum,
Ratty and ah too dum too dum day.

Ratty and ah too dum too dum too dum,
Ratty and ah too dum too dum day;
Ratty and ah too dum too dum too dum,
Ratty and ah too dum too dum day.

Ratty and ah too dum too dum too dum,
Ratty and ah too dum too dum day;
Ratty and ah too dum too dum too dum,
Ratty and ah too dum too dum day.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional Irish ballad ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by The Fables (Tear The House Down / The Fables, trk#16, 1998, First City Productions/Actual Music, St John's, NL).

See more songs by The Fables.

A variant was also arranged and recorded by Johnny McEvoy (20 Collected Irish Ballads, Dolphin, 2008).

See more songs by Johnny McEvoy.

The variant in the video below features a 1966 performance by Al O'Donnell for German television.

#145: YouTube video by machree01 ©2008
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