#02577
Red Haired Mary (Clancys & Makem) video
See also: Red Haired Mary (Shanneyganock)
And also: Red Haired Mary (Sons Of Erin)
#833: YouTube video by threelegsoman
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

While going to the fair of Dingle,
One fine morning last July,
When going down the road before me,
A red haired girl I chanced to spy.

I went up to her, said I, "Young lady,
My donkey he will carry two."
But seeing as how you have a donkey,
To the Dingle fair I'll ride with you.

Now, when we reached the town of Dingle,
I took her hand to say goodbye,
When a tinker man stepped up beside me,
And he belted me in my left eye.

Keep your hands off red haired Mary,
Her and I will soon be wed;
We'll see the priest this very morning,
Tonight we'll lie in a married bed.

Now, I was feeling kind of peevish,
And me poor old eye was sad and sore;
And I gently tapped him with me hobnail,
And he fell back through Murphy's door.

Keep your hands off red haired Mary,
Her and I will soon be wed;
We'll see the priest this very morning,
Tonight we'll lie in a married bed.

A policeman came around the corner,
And he told me I had broke the law;
When the donkey kicked him in the kneecap,
And he fell down and broke his jaw.

Keep your hands off red haired Mary,
Her and I will soon be wed;
We'll see the priest this very morning,
Tonight we'll lie in a married bed.

Then he went off to find his brother,
The hot biggest man you ever did meet;
And he tapped me gently with his knuckles,
And I was minus two front teeth.

Keep your hands off red haired Mary,
Her and I will soon be wed;
We'll see the priest this very morning,
Tonight we'll lie in a married bed.

Now, the red haired girl, she kept on smiling,
"I'll go with you young man" she said;
"We'll forget the priest this very morning,
And tonight we'll lie in Murphy's shed."

Keep your hands off red haired Mary,
Her and I will soon be wed;
We'll forget the priest this very morning,
Tonight we'll lie in Murphy's shed.

Now, through the fair we rode together,
My black eye and her red hair,
Smiling gaily at the tinkers,
And b' God, we were a handsome pair.

Keep your hands off red haired Mary,
Her and I will soon be wed;
We'll forget the priest this very morning....
Tonight we'll lie in Murphy's shed.

####.... Sean McCarthy [1923-1990] from Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland, c.1950s ....####
This variant was arranged and recorded by The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem (In Concert, trk#6, 1967, CBS Records, United Kingdom).

See more songs by Makem and Clancy.

A variant was recorded as Red Haired Mary by Shanneyganock (Set You Free, trk#8, 2004, Avondale Music, St John's, NL, executive producer Lyle Drakem produced by Patrick Moran, recorded and engineered at Great Big Studio by Spencer Crewe).

A variant was also recorded as Red Haired Mary for a television performance by Sons Of Erin (c.1980), featuring Bob O'Donovan, from their self-titled Newfoundland Television (NTV) music series broadcast on Saturday mornings. NTV won three CanPro awards in 1981 for their locally produced shows, one of which was the Sons Of Erin music series.

The video above features a guitar performance of a variant by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.

From Wikipedia:
Tinkers - Irish Travellers (Irish: Lucht siúil - English: walking people) are a traditionally nomadic people of Irish origin living predominantly in Ireland, Great Britain and the United States.

From The Travellers, Ireland's Ethnic Minority (Revised 1999): Irish Travellers - minority community indigenous to Ireland, Travellers have existed on the margins of Irish society for centuries. They share common descent, and have distinct cultural practices - early marriage, desire to be mobile, a tradition of self-employment, and so on. They have distinct rituals of death and cleansing, and a language they only speak among their own. Travellers are not overtly conscious of a sense of group history. Concern with ancestry is an obsession of those who value permanence of place. Rather, the individual is defined by his/her place within the relationship network. They live in extended patriarchal families, prefer trailers, tend to nomadism interspersed with occasional house dwelling, and maintain a nomadic mindset even when settled; a house is considered only a stopping place between journeys, whether the stop lasts 20 days or 20 years! There are an estimated 21,000 Travellers currently living in the Republic of Ireland, over half of whom have no access to toilet facilities, electricity, refuse collection or piped water.



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