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Thread #63103   Message #1022776
Posted By: Jeri
21-Sep-03 - 09:19 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Fire Maringo / Fire Marengo
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fire Maringo
Malcolm, no. I wondered about that too. He just said, "This quaint word is found in many Irish folk-songs, such as the following:" then gives the example I quoted in my post above.

In my opinion, 'maringo' doesn't seem to be a nonsense word in the context of the shanty - it seems more like a name. 'Skinny-ma-rink-a-doodle' is nearly 'skinny-maringo-doodle' though.