#02952
Red Haired Mary (Shanneyganock) video
See also: Red Haired Mary (Sons Of Erin)
And also: Red Haired Mary (Clancys & Makem)
#1477: YouTube video by StarShadowRider
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

As I was going to the fair in Dingle,
One fine mornin' 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,
Me donkey he will carry two;
She looked at me, her eyes a-twinkle,
Her cheeks they were a rosy hue.

Keep your hands off Red Haired Mary,
Her and I are to be wed;
We're seein' the priest this very mornin',
Tonight we'll lie in the marriage bed.

"Well, I thank you kindly, sir," she answered,
Then she tossed her bright red hair;
"Seein' as you've got your donkey,
I'll ride with you to the Dingle fair."

When we reached the fair at Dingle,
I took her hand to say goodbye;
A tinker man stepped up beside me,
He struck me in my right eye.

Keep your hands off Red Haired Mary,
Her and I are to be wed;
We're seein' the priest this very mornin',
Tonight we'll lie in the marriage bed.

Now I was feelin' kinda peevy,
Me poor old eye was sad and sore;
So I tapped him lightly with me hobnails,
He fell back through Murphy's door.

A policeman came around the corner,
He told me I had broke the law;
Me donkey kicked him in the ankle,
He fell down and broke his jaw.

Keep your hands off Red Haired Mary,
Her and I are to be wed;
We're seein' the priest this very mornin',
Tonight we'll lie in the marriage bed.

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

This red hair girl she kept on smilin',
"Young sir, I'll go with you instead;
Forget the priest this very morning,
Tonight we'll lie in Murphy's shed."

Keep your hands off Red Haired Mary,
Her and I are to be wed;
We're seein' the priest this very mornin',
Tonight we'll lie in the marriage bed.

Through the Dingle fair we rode together,
My black eye and her red hair;
Smilin' gaily at the tinkers,
B' God, we were a handsome pair.

Keep your hands off Red Haired Mary,
Her and I are to be wed;
We're seein' the priest this very mornin',
Tonight we'll lie in the marriage bed.

Keep your hands off Red Haired Mary,
Her and I are to be wed;
We're seein' the priest this very mornin',
Tonight we'll lie in the marriage bed.

####.... Sean McCarthy [1923-1990] from Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland, c.1950s ....####
The video above features scenes from The Quiet Man with the lyrics of this variant recorded by Shanneyganock (Set You Free, trk#8, 2004, Avondale Music, St John's, NL, executive producer Lyle Drakem, produced by Patrick Moran, and recorded and engineered at Great Big Studio by Spencer Crewe).

See more songs by Shanneyganock.

A variant, also titled Red Haired Mary, was filmed during a television performance by Sons Of Erin (c.1980) from their self-titled Newfoundland Television (NTV) music series broadcast on Saturday mornings.

See more songs by Sons of Erin.

A variant was arranged and recorded as Red Haired Mary by The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem (In Concert, trk#6, 1967, CBS Records, United Kingdom).

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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