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Riley And I Were Chums (Johnny Burke)

I went for a walk the other night,
Me and me friend Mickey Riley,
I stooped down to pick up a watch and chain,
And I did it so awful slyly.
When by a lamp-post we did pass,
You could easily tell by the gleam of the glass,
That the watch was gold and the chain was brass,
So I passed the chain over to Riley.

Riley and I were chums,
And we always shared,
Black eyes and sugar plums,
And the divil the hair we cared.
Now when there was anything nice about,
You could take my word,
That when I was done -
I handed it over to Riley.

I married a wife the other night,
Me and me friend Mickey Riley,
I thought she'd be the joy of my life,
But she acted so awful slyly.
So I soon found out married life was no fun,
When she chased me around the house with a gun,
And says I, "Dear madam with you I am done,"
And I handed her over to Riley.

Riley and I were chums,
And we always shared,
Black eyes and sugar plums,
And the divil the hair we cared.
Now when there was anything nice about,
You could take my word,
That when I was done -
I handed it over to Riley.

####.... Johnny Burke [1851-1930] of St John's, NL ....####
Published in Burke's Ballads, p.61, c.1960, compiled by John White and archived at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Libraries, Centre For Newfoundland Studies - Digitized Books collection.

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From Wikipedia:
Divil - devil in Hiberno-English - also known as Irish English - the dialect of English spoken in Ireland.



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