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The Rocky Road To Dublin Irish Descendants
See also: The Rocky Road To Dublin (Ryan's Fancy)
And also: The Rocky Road To Dublin (The Fables)

In the merry month of June when from me home I started,
Left the girls of Tuam so sad and broken hearted;
Saluted father dear, kissed me darlin' mother,
Drank a pint of beer me grief and tears to smother.
Then off to reap the corn, leave where I was born,
Cut a stout blackthorn to banish ghost and goblin;
Bought a pair of brogues, rattling o'er the bog,
Frightened all the dogs on the rocky road to Dublin.

One, two, three, four five.

Hunt the hare and turn her down the rocky road,
And all the way to Dublin. Whack-fol-lol-de-ra.

While in Mullingar that night, I rested limbs so weary,
Started by me lake, me spirits bright and cheery;
Took a drop of the pure that keeps me heart from sinkin',
That's the Paddy's cure when ever he's on for drinkin'.
To see the lassies smile, laughing all the while,
At me curious style will set your heart a-bubblin';
Asked if I was hired, wages I required,
Till I was almost tired of the rocky road to Dublin.

One, two, three, four five.

Hunt the hare and turn her down the rocky road,
And all the way to Dublin. Whack-fol-lol-de-ra.

Well, in Dublin next arrived, I thought it'd be a pity,
To be so soon deprived a view of that fine city;
So then I took a stroll down among the quality,
Bundle it was stole, and in a neat locality.
Something crossed me mind, then I looked behind,
No bundle could I find upon me stick a wobblin';
Enquirin' for the rogue, said me Connacht brogue
Wasn't much in vogue on the rocky road to Dublin.

One, two, three, four five.

Hunt the hare and turn her down the rocky road,
And all the way to Dublin. Whack-fol-lol-de-ra.

Well, from there I got away, me spirits never failin',
Landed on the quay just as the ship was sailin';
Captain at me roared, said that no room had he,
Then I jumped aboard, a cabin found for Paddy.
Then down among the pigs, played some hardy rigs,
Danced some hearty jigs, the water round me bubblin';
When off Holyhead, wished me self was dead,
Or better farther instead on the rocky road to Dublin.

One, two, three, four five.

Hunt the hare and turn her down the rocky road,
And all the way to Dublin. Whack-fol-lol-de-ra.

The boys of Liverpool when we safely landed,
Called me self a fool, I could no longer stand it;
Blood began to boil, temper I was losin',
Poor ould Erin's isle they began abusin'.
"Hurrah my soul," sez I, shillelagh I let fly,
Galway boys were by, and saw I was a hobblin';
With a loud hurray, joined in the affray,
Quickly cleared the way for the rocky road to Dublin.

One, two, three, four five.

Hunt the hare and turn her down the rocky road,
And all the way to Dublin. Whack-fol-lol-de-ra.

####.... D K Gavan (The Galway Poet) wrote this song for the English music-hall performer and songwriter "Handsome" Harry Clifton [1832-1872] ....####
This variant was recorded by the Irish Descendants (Look To The Sea / the Irish Descendants, trk#3, 1993 CD, distributed by Warner Music Canada, Scarborough, Ontario, produced by Derek Harrington); and (So Far So Good : the best of the Irish Descendants, trk#18, 1999 CD, Warner Music Canada Ltd); and (We Are The Irish Descendants, trk#14, 2004 CD, Kells Music, Green Island, New York).

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A variant was also recorded as The Rocky Road To Dublin by Ryan's Fancy (Newfoundland Drinking Songs, ©1973, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario); and (Currahs, Minstrels, Rocks & Whiskey, trk#6, 1971, Gunn Records).

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Another variant was recorded as The Rocky Road To Dublin by The Fables (A Time, trk#14, 2000 CD, Tidemark Music And Distribution, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Independently produced by the Fables).

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From Wikipedia:
Connacht - one of the provinces situated in the west of Ireland. It consists of the counties of Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. Its main urban centres are Galway in the south and Sligo in the north. It is the smallest of the four Irish provinces, with a 2006 population of 542,039, 8% of whom speak the Irish language.



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