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Biddy Mulligan (Ryan's Fancy) MIDI, video
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I'm a buxom fine widow, I live in a spot,
In Dublin they call it the Coombe;
I sell second-hand clothes on a Saturday night,
And me palace consists of one room.
On St Patrick's Street corner for forty-six years,
I stood there, I'll tell you no lie,
And sure while I stood there, there was nobody dared,
To say black was the white of my eye.

You may travel from Clare to the County Kildare,
From Drogheda right down to Macroom;
Ah, but where would you see a fine widow like me,
Biddy Mulligan, the pride of the Coombe, me boys,
Biddy Mulligan, the pride of the Coombe.

I sell apples and oranges, nuts and split peas,
Bananas and sugar-sticks sweet;
I sell second-hand clothes on a Saturday night,
And the floor of me stall is the street.
I sell fish on a Friday laid out on a board,
Some mackerel and beautiful ray;
I sell herring, fresh herring, oh, herring so sweet,
That once swam in dear Dublin Bay.

You may travel from Clare to the County Kildare,
From Drogheda right down to Macroom;
Ah, but where would you see a fine widow like me,
Biddy Mulligan, the pride of the Coombe, me boys,
Biddy Mulligan, the pride of the Coombe.

At the church every Sunday I cut quite a dash,
All the neighbours look on in surprise;
With me bonnet and shawl, and me new shoes and all,
I dazzle the light of their eyes.
Now I have a son, Mick, and he plays on the flute,
He belongs to the Longford Street Band;
It would do your heart good for to see him march out,
When the band goes to Dolly Mount Strand.

You may travel from Clare to the County Kildare,
From Drogheda right down to Macroom;
Ah, but where would you see a fine widow like me,
Biddy Mulligan, the pride of the Coombe, me boys,
Biddy Mulligan, the pride of the Coombe.

You may travel from Clare to the County Kildare,
From Drogheda right down to Macroom;
Ah, but where would you see a fine widow like me,
Biddy Mulligan, the pride of the Coombe, me boys,
Biddy Mulligan, the pride of the Coombe.

####.... Variant of an Irish stage song by Seamus Kavanagh who based it on the song The Queen Of The Royal Coombe which he had found in a 19th-century Theatre Royal programme ....####
Arranged and recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Dance Around This One ©1981, Boot Records).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

From Frank Harte 'Songs of Dublin' (1978):

"Biddy Mulligan, The Pride Of The Coombe was popularized by Jimmy O'Dea [1899-1965] a Dublin-born optician who took part in amateur dramatics in his spare time. In 1927, O'Dea took to the stage full time and formed a partnership with Harry O'Donovan, a scriptwriter who had collaborated with Seamus Kavanagh. Together O'Donovan and O'Dea created O'Dea's most famous comedic character - Moore Street fruit vendor Biddy Mulligan, the Pride of the Coombe, based on Harry Donovan's original sketches. O'Dea had a successful career in comedy and pantomime, and toured Ireland and England many times."

NOTE: The Coombe is a working class neighborhood in south Dublin, just outside the bounds of the old city wall. Moore Street is one of the oldest surviving street trading districts in the city.



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