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I'm A Man You Don't Meet Every Day (Leach)
See also: I'm A Man You Don't Meet Every Day
(Rankin Street)
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Sung to the air:
Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms.

I've a neat little cabin that's built out of mud,
Not far from the county Kildare;
I've an acre of land and I grow my own spuds,
With enough and a little to spare.

Don't you think I came over here seeking your jobs,
It's just for a visit to pay;
So be easy and free while you're drinking with me,
I'm a man you don't meet every day.

Come fill up your glasses and drink what you please,
Whatever's the damage I'll pay;
Be easy and free while you're drinking with me,
I'm a man you don't meet every day.

When I landed in Liverpool the other day,
What a sight met my eyes to be sure;
There was Mike there was, and Kate, Mary Ann,
Mac McGuffer and two or three more.

They all started laughing when they saw me walk,
I had but few words for to say;
Says l, ye young teens, do ye think I'm a ghost?
I'm a man you don't meet every day.

Come fill up your glasses and drink what you please,
Whatever's the damage I'll pay;
Be easy and free while you're drinking with me,
I'm a man you don't meet every day.

There's a neat little colleen that lives around here,
And it's her I came over to see;
We're going to be married next Saturday night,
And she's coming to old Ireland with me.

And if you come over twelve months from today,
I'll have a smart lad and he'll say to his Dad:
I'm a man you don't meet any day!"

Come fill up your glasses and drink what you please,
Whatever's the damage I'll pay;
Be easy and free while you're drinking with me,
I'm a man you don't meet every day.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, I'm The Man You Don't Meet Every Day, published without a printer's name or date, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 11(1734) ....####

Collected in 1951 from Cyril O'Brien [ca.1902-?] of Trepassey, 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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