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Mush Mush (MacEdward Leach)

'Twas there I had to learn reading and writing,
At Billy Brackett's where I went to school;
'Twas where I learned howling and fighting,
With me schoolmaster, Mr O'Toole.
Him and I we had many a scrimmage,
And the devil a copy I wrote;
There was never a good son in the village,
Dared tread on the tail of me....

Mush mush mush tooral-I-addie,
Sing mush mush mush tooral-I-aye;
There was never a good son in the village,
Dared tread on the tail of me coat.

'Twas there I learned all me courting,
The lesson that took in the art;
Till Cupid, the blaggard, while sporting,
An arrow drove straight through me heart.
Miss Judy O'Connor lived just for to kiss me,
And tender lines to her I wrote;
If you dare say one hard word against her,
I'll tread on the tail of your....

Mush mush mush tooral-I-addie,
Sing mush mush mush tooral-I-aye;
If you dare say one hard word against her,
I'll tread on the tail of your coat.

A blaggard called Mickey Maloney,
Came stole her affections away;
For he had money, I hadn't any,
So I sent him a challenge next day.
In the A.M. we met at Killarney,
The Shannon we crossed in a boat;
I lathered him there with me shillelagh,
But he trod on the tail of me....

Mush mush mush tooral-I-addie,
Sing mush mush mush tooral-I-aye;
I lathered him there with me shillelagh,
But he trod on the tail of me coat.

Me fame went abroad to the nation,
And folks came a-flocking to see;
And they cried out without hesitation,
"You're a fighting man Billie McGee!"
I cleaned out the Finnegan faction,
I've licked all the Murphy's afloat;
You're in for a row or eruption,
Just tread on the tail of me....

Mush mush mush tooral-I-addie,
Sing mush mush mush tooral-I-aye;
You're in for a row or eruption,
Just tread on the tail of me coat.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an Irish traditional comic song, published by Carl Fisher, Inc, in The Book Of A Thousand Songs, compiled by Albert E Weir, ©1908 ....####
Sung in 1950 by John A McLellan [b.1869] of St George's, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Popularized as Mush-Mush-Mush Tural-i-addy in the 1952 movie, The Quiet Man with words and music by Sean O'Casey and Dennis O'Casey. This song should not be confused with Tread On The Tail Of Me Coat recorded by Patrick Moran and Chris Andrews on Homebrew 7 (Avondale Music, 2006).



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