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I've Been To Donovan's (MacEdward Leach)

I've just been out to Donovan's
until the break of day,
Years ago he married
charming Kitty Maine;
He took to Kit and family,
a kettle lean and thin,
The boy is like his mother
and the girl is like the old man.

So we drank a health to Donovan,
we sung hip-hip-hurray,
There was always full and plenty
down to Donovan's every day;
To show their Irish nature
and their hospitality,
This week we celebrated
Donovan's Jubilee.

There's little Dan McLaughlin
that came from Donegal,
Handsome Joseph Callahan,
stately slim and tall;
The bouncer it was Cafferty,
the pride of Baron's Row,
And Mr Michael Gallagher,
the boy that used the bow.

So we drank a health to Donovan,
we sung hip-hip-hurray,
There was always full and plenty
down to Donovan's every day;
To show their Irish nature
and their hospitality,
This week we celebrated
Donovan's Jubilee.

Ah, sure there must have been
a thousand there,
From near and foreign parts,
Some of them came in jaunty cars,
more in horse and carts;
Handsome Larry Donnelly,
the pride of Kerry, as well,
And the wonderful little piper
that was always raising hell.

So we drank a health to Donovan,
we sung hip-hip-hurray,
There was always full and plenty
down to Donovan's every day;
To show their Irish nature
and their hospitality,
This week we celebrated
Donovan's Jubilee.

We started out the Monday,
being the anniversary,
Tuesday with the ladies
we passed the time away;
Wednesday and Thursday
we were partly on the bum,
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
and, be jeepers, we had fun.

So we drank a health to Donovan,
we sung hip-hip-hurray,
There was some of it made from potatoes,
(There was more of it made from hay!)
And I had mine in the sugar bowl
and Donovan thought it was tea,
And, helluva dear, he was nearly dead
on Donovan's Jubilee.

####.... Shaun O'Nolan [i.e. John J Nolan] ....####

Sung in 1950 by Morris Houlihan [1885-?] of Flatrock, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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