#02782
Seven Deadly Sins (Chris Andrews/Mark Hiscock)
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Some say that kissing's a sin,
but tell me how that can be true,
'Cause kissing has been in this world
since the very first day there was two.

And if it wasn't legal
then the lawyers they would sue,
And the prisons would be full
of folk who had a kiss or two;
And if they didn't like it
then away the girls would run,
And if it wasn't plenty
then the poor folk would have none.

Some say that gambling's a sin,
but I'll bet ya fifteen to one,
That gambling has been in this world
since horses and greyhounds could run.

And if it wasn't legal
then the lawyers they would sue,
And the prisons would be full
of folk who had a kiss or two;
And if they didn't like it
then away the girls would run,
And if it wasn't plenty
then the poor folk would have none.

Some say that swearing's a sin,
but where is the man that can tell;
For swearing has been in this world
since the devil was told: "Go to hell."

And if it wasn't legal
then the lawyers they would sue,
And the prisons would be full
of folk who had a kiss or two;
And if they didn't like it
then away the girls would run,
And if it wasn't plenty
then the poor folk would have none.

And some say that smoking's a sin,
but a pipe now and then is enough;
For smoking has been in this world
since Adam taught Eve how to puff.

And if it wasn't legal
then the lawyers they would sue,
And the prisons would be full
of folk who had a kiss or two;
And if they didn't like it
then away the girls would run,
And if it wasn't plenty
then the poor folk would have none.

Some say that drinking's a sin,
but a gargle is fine now and then;
For drinking has been in this world
for ever and ever amen.

And if it wasn't legal
then the lawyers they would sue,
And the prisons would be full
of folk who had a kiss or two;
And if they didn't like it
then away the girls would run,
And if it wasn't plenty
then the poor folk would have none.

####.... Words and music by Jim McLean, 1966 (Scott Solomon Publications, Carlin Music) ....####
Jim McLean noted that he wrote this song for the Dubliners, using the traditional song Kissin's Nae Sin, but wrote different lyrics and set the chorus to a variant of The Jolly Beggarman. The Dubliners recorded it in 1968 as a single and as track #1 on their album At It Again which was was reissued that same year as Seven Deadly Sins (EMI Starline).

This variant arranged and recorded by Chris Andrews and Mark Hiscock (Newfoundland, trk#10, 1996, Creature Music, Logy Bay, NL, produced and engineered by Dermot O'Reilly at Piperstock Productions, Torbay, NL).


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