#02948
Red Haired Mary (Sons Of Erin) video
See also: Red Haired Mary (Shanneyganock)
And also: Red Haired Mary (Clancys & Makem)
#1474: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

When going to the fair at Dingle,
One fine mornin' last July,
And going down the road before me,
A red-haired girl I chanced to spy.

I stepped up to her, said I, Young maiden,
My donkey it will carry two.
"Ahh well, seein' as you have your donkey,
To the Dingle fair I'll ride with you."

But when we reached the fair at Dingle,
I took her hand to say goodbye;
And a tinker man steps up beside us,
And he hits me right in my left eye.

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

Now I was feelin' rather peevish,
Me poor old eye was sad and sore;
So I tapped him gently with me hobnails,
And he flew back through Murphy's door.

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

Well, a policeman came 'round the corner,
He said, "Young man, you broke the law."
But me donkey kicked him in the ankle,
And he fell down and he bust'd his jaw.

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

But the red hair girl she kept on smilin',
"Young man, I'll stay with you," she said.
"We'll forget the priest this very morning,
And tonight we'll lie in Murphy's shed."

Keep your hands off Red Haired Mary,
Her and I will soon be wed;
We're seein' the priest this very morning,
Tonight we'll lie in Murphy's shed.

Well, through the fair we rode together,
My black eye and her red hair;
We were smilin' gaily at the tinkers,
And, b' God, we were a handsome pair.

Keep your hands off Red Haired Mary,
Her and I will soon be wed;
We're seein' the priest this very morning,
Tonight we'll lie in Murphy's shed.

####.... Sean McCarthy [1923-1990] from Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland, c.1950s ....####
The video above features a television performance by Sons Of Erin (c.1980), featuring Bob O'Donovan, from their self-titled Newfoundland Television (NTV) music series broadcast on Saturday mornings. NTV won three CanPro awards in 1981 for their locally produced shows, one of which was the Sons Of Erin music series.

See more songs by Sons of Erin.

A variant was also recorded as Red Haired Mary by Shanneyganock (Set You Free, trk#8, 2004, Avondale Music, St John's, NL, executive producer Lyle Drakem produced by Patrick Moran, recorded and engineered at Great Big Studio by Spencer Crewe).

See more songs by Shanneyganock.

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

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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