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Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya (Ryan's Fancy) MIDIs, tabs & videos

            #273: YouTube video by quickaccent2006 ©2008
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When going the road to sweet Athy, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
When going the road to sweet Athy, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
When going the road to sweet Athy,
A stick in the hand, a glass in the eye,
A doleful damsel I heard cry:
Johnny, I hardly knew ya!

With yer guns and drums and drums and guns, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
With yer guns and drums and drums and guns, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
With yer guns and drums and drums and guns,
The enemy nearly slew ya;
Oh, me darling dear, you look so queer.
Johnny, I hardly knew ya!

Where are the eyes that looked so mild, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
Where are the eyes that looked so mild, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
Where are the eyes that looked so mild,
When my poor heart you first beguiled;
Why did ya skeddadle from me and the child?
Johnny, I hardly knew ya!

With yer guns and drums and drums and guns, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
With yer guns and drums and drums and guns, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
With yer guns and drums and drums and guns,
The enemy nearly slew ya;
Oh, me darling dear, you look so queer.
Johnny, I hardly knew ya!

Where are the legs with which you run, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
Where are the legs with which you run, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
Where are the legs with which you run,
When first you went to carry a gun?
Indeed your dancing days are done.
Johnny, I hardly knew ya.

With yer guns and drums and drums and guns, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
With yer guns and drums and drums and guns, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
With yer guns and drums and drums and guns,
The enemy nearly slew ya;
Oh, me darling dear, you look so queer.
Johnny, I hardly knew ya!

You haven't an arm, you haven't a leg, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
You haven't an arm, you haven't a leg, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
You haven't an arm and you haven't a leg,
You're an eyeless, boneless, chickenless egg,
You'll have to be put with a bowl to beg.
Johnny, I hardly knew ya.

With yer guns and drums and drums and guns, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
With yer guns and drums and drums and guns, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
With yer guns and drums and drums and guns,
The enemy nearly slew ya;
Oh, me darling dear, you look so queer.
Johnny, I hardly knew ya!

I'm happy for to see you home, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
I'm happy for to see you home, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
I'm happy for to see you home,
All from the island of Ceylon,
So low in the flesh and so high in the bone.
Johnny, I hardly knew ya.

With yer guns and drums and drums and guns, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
With yer guns and drums and drums and guns, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
With yer guns and drums and drums and guns,
The enemy nearly slew ya;
Oh, me darling dear, you look so queer.
Johnny, I hardly knew ya!

With yer guns and drums and drums and guns, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
With yer guns and drums and drums and guns, Ha-roo, Ha-roo,
With yer guns and drums and drums and guns,
The enemy nearly slew ya;
Oh, me darling dear, you look so queer.
Johnny, I hardly knew ya!

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 19th century British broadside ballad, Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye, published by H. Such (London) sometime between 1863 and 1885, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: 2806 b.10(218) ....####
This variant was recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Brand New Songs ©1977, RCA Records; Sea People ©1979, Boot Records).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

Notes: Athy is southwest of Dublin in County Kildare, Ireland. Some sources claim this is a traditional Irish song dating to c.1802, and the origin of the American Civil War song, When Johnny Comes Marching Home. We have found no evidence of that.

The YouTube video below features a variant arranged by Tony Archibald from Port St. Mary on the Isle of Man.



              #738: YouTube video by threelegsoman ©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.

When [Em] going the road to [C] sweet Athy, Ha- [G] roo, Ha-roo,
When [Em] going the road to [C] sweet Athy, Ha- [G] roo, Ha-roo,
When [G] going the road to [D] sweet Athy,
A [C] stick in the hand, a [B7] glass in me eye,
A [Em] doleful [D] damsel [C] I heard [B7] cry:
[Em] Johnny, I hardly knew ya.

With yer [G] guns and drums and [D] drums and guns,
The [C] enemy nearly [B7] slew ya;
Oh, me [Em] darling [D] dear, you [C] look so [B7] queer.
[Em] Johnny, I hardly knew ya.





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