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Brannigan's Pup (Johnny Burke)

Old Mickey Brannigan had a bull pup,
He was bred of great elegant stock;
For seventeen hours of battle he fought,
He did by me, so by the clock.

His tail was a neat little bit of a stump,
Bow-legged and two crooked eyes;
One look at his big ugly mug was enough,
Sure the divil himself in disguise.

Bow wow, bow wow, what a wonderful dog,
For fightin' he'd never give up;
There never was known such a wonderful dog,
As old Mickey Brannigan's pup.

He tore the tail off Maloney's best coat,
And the bustle off Mary Ann Flynn;
When the pup saw Mickey he'd howl with delight,
As he made the most wonderful spring.

An Italian came 'round with an organ one day,
And a monkey tied onto a string;
And when the pup saw it he howled with delight,
'Cause he saw such a wonderful thing.

Bow wow, bow wow, what a wonderful dog,
For fightin' he'd never give up;
There never was known such a wonderful dog,
As old Mickey Brannigan's pup.

He upset the old man, the organ an' all,
Yes, he broke up the organ inside;
Be japers, he tried for to get at the monk,
But he choked on his tail and he died.

Bow wow, bow wow, what a wonderful dog,
For fightin' he'd never give up;
There never was known such a wonderful dog,
As old Mickey Brannigan's pup.

####.... Augustus (Gus) Phillips [1838-1893] ....####
Published in Burke's Ballads, p.55, c.1960, compiled by John White and archived at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Libraries, Centre For Newfoundland Studies - Digitized Books collection.

See more songs by Johnny Burke.

GEST notes: Divil and Japers are Hiberno-English - also known as Irish English - the dialect of English spoken in Ireland, not misspellings.


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