#02457
Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down
(Dick Nolan) video
#1237: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

Well, I live by myself on this small piece of land,
Down by the side of the sea;
All I cares about nobody and I suppose,
There's nobody cares about me.
I was greatly impressed,
all my thoughts were distressed,
By a fair girl who livess in this town;
She cries out every day as I'm passing her way,
"Do you want your old lobby washed down?"

Do you want your old lobby washed down?
Do you want your old lobby washed down?
She cries out every day as I'm passing her way,
"Do you want your old lobby washed down?"

Well, the landlord came in
the other day for his rent,
I told him no money I had;
I told him the rent was too much for to pay,
That the times they were so very bad.
Well, he wasn't content, he demanded his rent,
And he scratched his bald head with a frown;
Says he: "I'll take half", and says I with a laugh,
"Do you want your old lobby washed down?"

Do you want your old lobby washed down?
Do you want your old lobby washed down?
Says he: "I'll take half", and says I with a laugh,
"Do you want your old lobby washed down?"

Some boys they are bashful when they go to court,
I think they are awfully shy;
To embrace a fair maiden they're too much afraid,
But they would if they could on the sly.
Now, as for myself, I can go anywhere,
I don't give a hang or a frown;
For when I go to court, they say,
"Here comes a sport,
Do you want your old lobby washed down?"

Do you want your old lobby washed down?
Do you want your old lobby washed down?
For when I go to court, they say,
"Here comes a sport,
Do you want your old lobby washed down?"
Ah, when I go to court, they say,
"Here comes a sport,
Do you want your old lobby washed down?"

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional Irish folk ballad ....####
Recorded for Newfoundland's 25th year anniversary in Canada by Dick Nolan [1939-2005] (Happy Anniversary Newfoundland, trk#7, 1974, RCA Records, Toronto, Ontario).

See more songs by Dick Nolan.

A variant was recorded in 1973 by Bob Davenport, a Geordie from Tyneside and Camden, UK, with the Rakes & Ron Summers on drums (Leader Ler-2088, UK).

A variant was published on page 54 of Folksongs & Ballads Popular In Ireland: Volume 3, by John Loesburg, Ossian Publications Ltd, 1982.

According to 100 Irish Ballads, Volume 1 (Walton's Mfg Ltd, 2000), this song originates from County Cork where it is said that washing down the lobby or hallway of the house was acceptable by the landlord as part payment of rents.

Brendan Shine, a folksinger and accordion player from Athlone, County Westmeath, near the geographical centre of Ireland, best known for his songs about everyday Irish life, recorded a variant as a single entitled Do You Want Your Oul Lobby Washed Down, which went to the #1 chart position in Ireland in 1979. His variant included an additional verse of his own composition:


Some people ask me a about Brendan Shine,
And how he got hold of this song;
Time it was told and the truth I'll unfold,
Believe me it won't take me long.
'Twas over in England in some old hotel,
To me boudoir, bold Brendan came down;
I like when you sing, Jim,' sez he with a grin,
"Do you want your old lobby washed down?"


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