ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN

 

In the merry month of May from me home I started
Left the girls of Tuam-nearly 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, and leave where I was born
I cut a stout blackthorn to banish ghost and goblin
In a bran' new pair of brogues I rattled o'er the bogs
And frightened all the dogs on the rocky road to Dublin.

chorus:
One, two, three, four, five, hunt the hare and turn her
Down the rocky road, and all the ways to Dublin
Whack fol-lol-de-ra.

In Mullingar that night I rested limbs so weary
Started by daylight next morning light and airy
Took a drop of the pure, to keep me heart from sinking
That's Irishman's cure, whene'er he's on for drinking
To see the lasses smile, laughing all the while
At me curious style, 't would set your heart a-bubbling
They ax'd if I was hired, the wages I required
'Till I was almost tired of the rocky road to Dublin.

In Dublin next arrived, I thought it such a pity
To be so soon deprived a view of that fine city
Then I took a stroll out among the quality
Me bundle it was stole in a neat locality
Something crossed me mind, then I looked behind
No bundle could I find upon me stick a-wobblin'
Enquiring for the rouge, they said me Connaught brogue
Wasn't much in vogue on the rocky road to Dublin.

From there I got away me spirits never failing
Landed on the quay as the ship was sailing
Captain at me roared, said that no room had he
When I jumped aboard, a cabin found for Paddy
Down among the pigs, I played some funny rigs
Danced some hearty jigs, the water round me bubblin'
When off to Holyhead I wished meself was dead
Or better far, instead, on the rocky road to Dublin.

The boys of Liverpool, when we safely landed
Called meself a fool, I could no longer stand it
Blood began to boil, temper I was losin'
Poor old Erin's Isle they began abusin'

'Hurrah me soul!' says I, me shillelagh I let fly
Some Galway boys were by, so I was a hobble in
Then with a loud Hurrah, they joined in the affray
We quickly cleared the way, for the rocky road to Dublin.