#02130
Digs In Birmingham (Sons of Erin) video
#67 YouTube video by kelticknots
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

I left me home in Dublin
not too many years ago,
And sailed away to Eng-a-land,
that's where the Paddies go;
To the capital of Warwickshire,
'tis there me quest did end,
'Tis there I had to sleep
with seven others in a bed.

Hey! Roll over, Paddy,
lie in a wee bit, Joe,
Ah, lift your elbow, Johnny,
do not dislocate me toe;
Let go the blankets, Michael,
don't strip me perished gam,
That's all you'll hear in Eng-a-land,
in the digs in Birmingham.

I walked along in Birmingham
till I was in a job,
A-makin' tay for navvies
and me pay was fifty bob;
To find a place to rest me bones
it was me other plight,
You could hear the other lads there say
when tucked in their beds at night:

Hey! Roll over, Paddy,
lie in a wee bit, Joe,
Ah, lift your elbow, Johnny,
do not dislocate me toe;
Let go the blankets, Michael,
don't strip me perished gam,
That's all you'll hear in Eng-a-land,
in the digs in Birmingham.

~ Instrumental ~

I slept in a manly place e'er since
I left me mammy's knee,
The prison cells and doss-houses,
it was me place at sea;
But sad dreams we used to show
when seven in was crammed,
To share the boards and the lodgin's
in the digs in Birmingham.

Hey! Roll over, Paddy,
lie in a wee bit, Joe,
Ah, lift your elbow, Johnny,
do not dislocate me toe;
Let go the blankets, Michael,
don't strip me perished gam,
That's all you'll hear in Eng-a-land,
in the digs in Birmingham.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional comic song ....####
This arrangement recorded by Sons of Erin, featuring band leader Ralph O'Brien, Johnnie Lynn, "Wee" John Cameron, and Denis Ryan on their self-titled album, Sons Of Erin, ca.1970.

See more songs by Sons of Erin.

Notes:
Doss-House - (British English) place that offers very cheap lodging, generally by providing only minimal services; dosshouse; flophouse.
Gam - mostly obsolete slang term for a person's leg.
Navvies - shorter form of the word 'navigators' used to describe a laborer obliged to do menial work on public civil engineering projects; originally, a laborer on canals for internal navigation.
Perished - weakened, benumbed; made numb especially by cold.



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