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Oddfellows Hall (MacEdward Leach)

I met me friend Paddy McKenna,
One evening on Washington Street;
Said he to me, "Say Jimmy Dolan,
Here's a ticket will give you a treat!"
I took up the card that he offered,
Begob t'wasn't large, t'wasn't small;
It just admitted a gent and a lady,
To a party in Oddfellow's hall.

Waltzes, polkas, lancers, gallops and slide,
Hi-dos, di-dos, fancy quadrilles, reels and slide;
I'll never forget that night, you may bet,
I went down to Oddfellows Hall.

McKenna he was floor director,
He wore a green badge on his chest;
Pink necktie tucked into his shirt front,
Begob he was handsomely dressed.
And when he walked up with Miss Bridget,
Sure I wasn't in it at all;
But I says to meself, "Wait, McKenna,
There's more than one man in the hall."

Waltzes, polkas, lancers, gallops and slide,
Hi-dos, di-dos, fancy quadrilles, reels and slide;
I'll never forget that night, you may bet,
I went down to Oddfellows Hall.

I waited till after it was over,
Then up to him boldly I go;
Says I to him, "Shy Patty,
Where did you hire them clothes?"
"You're a liar!" says Pat in a second,
Says I, "What's that word that ye called?"
And the next minute me and McKenna,
Were cleaning up Oddfellows Hall.

Waltzes, polkas, lancers, gallops and slide,
Hi-dos, di-dos, fancy quadrilles, reels and slide;
I'll never forget that night, you may bet,
I went down to Oddfellows Hall.

Next mornin' before Justice Duffy,
Sure me and McKenna were brought in;
Ten dollars or ten days, sir,
But poor me and Pat hadn't a ten.
We took a short sail down the harbour,
Begob we were feelin' quite small;
We spent ten days on their island,
For cleaning up Oddfellows Hall.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Irish stage or music hall song ....####

Collected in 1950 from Mr Walsh of Calvert, 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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