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Haste To The Wedding (The McNulty Family)
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Haste to the weddin'; And haste to the weddin',
I sang as I sat at the window alone;
Movrone, O! 'Twas oft I was dreadin',
I'd not get a man with a place of me own.

I'd polished the pewter, I'd tidied the kitchen,
My dresser looked white as a stack in the snow;
And here by the window my skirt I was stitchin',
For I'm very neat with a needle to sew.
What is the use of me mendin' me finery,
Till it is fit for a queen on her throne?
Oh dear! There isn't the sign of me,
Gettin' a man and a place of my own.

Haste to the weddin'; And haste to the weddin',
I sang as I sat at the window alone;
Movrone, O! 'Twas oft I was dreadin',
I'd not get a man with a place of me own.

'Twas nearly made up once between me and Larry,
That lives o'er the Mountain o' Forth, by the bounds,
With forty-five acres of land and a quarry -
He'd take me, and welcome, with ninety-five pounds.
When he couldn't get it, he said we'd regret it,
Then he got wed to a widow in town;
Oh, dear, I lost Larry Petit,
A sensible man with a house of his own.

Haste to the weddin'; And haste to the weddin',
I sang as I sat at the window alone;
Movrone, O! 'Twas oft I was dreadin',
I'd not get a man with a place of me own.

I found in my first cup o' tea the next Monday,
A lucky red tea-leaf - some stranger to call;
I tried seven times, he travelled on Sunday,
I wondered who was it was coming at all.
Who was it but Lanty, last Sunday for Nancy -
He buried his mother last May in Kilcone;
Now, dear, I'll marry me fancy -
The boy of me heart with a place of his own.

Haste to the weddin'; And haste to the weddin',
Not long I'll be sittin' and singin' alone;
Soon, dear, with young Lanty Reddin,
I'll reign like a queen in a house of me own.

Haste to the weddin'; And haste to the weddin',
Not long I'll be sittin' and singin' alone;
Soon, dear, with young Lanty Reddin,
I'll reign like a queen in a house of me own.

####.... P J (Patrick Joseph) McCall [1861-1919] (Songs Of Erinn, Simpkin and Marshall, London; M H Gill, Dublin, 1899). ....####
The video above features a variant recorded by The McNulty Family who popularized this song in Newfoundland and Labrador (Decca Records #64586, October 21, 1938 LP).

See more songs by The McNulty Family.

The lyrics recorded by The McNulty Family were similar to those published on page 294 of Songs Of The Gael, A Collection Of Anglo-Irish Songs And Ballads Wedded To Old Traditional Irish Airs edited by Padruig Breathnach, Phibsbore', Dublin; Browne And Nolan Limited, Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Waterford, 1922.


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