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Thread #53594   Message #3570627
Posted By: GUEST
27-Oct-13 - 10:04 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Bold Irish men? / Jolly Irishmen
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bold Irish men were they
How about, "Bold Irish Boys are We."

O I'm a ranting roving blade from Ireland I came,
And if you want to know me more, Pat Murphy is my name,
And the reason I am here tonight, is to tell you of a spree,
That happened to a chap named Dan and another chap-that's me.
Dan and his girl were married-O-through love you know,
And so and so, and all the boys from there below assembled at the spree.
There was Pat and Dan and Mary Ann and McCann,
O'Toole, the fool and podgem dool and me.

We had a row, that very night, that put the ladies in a fright,
There was murder, right and tight, when all the boys began to fight.
Hooru boys, here we are again, here we are again, here we are again;
Hooru boys, here we are again,-bold Irish boys are we.

O, the girls were all in muslin dressed and the boys in corduroy,
There was dandy Pat with a new plug hat that he stole from Pat Malloy,
O, Teddy Whack, with a broken back, came limpin' on a stick,
And next came Ted and Leatherhead, and Shamus, Shawn and Nick.
And they were not melancholy-O, but jolly-O, so jolly-O,
With Biddie, Jane and Molly-O, all dancing at the spree.
There were knives and forks, and Irish spuds all in their duds,
There was wine and beer and gingerbread and tay.


O, Pat Crogan asked Phil Dolan's wife to dance the quadruped,
She sighed and said, she was afraid the punch got in her head.
Phil Dolan's sweetheart then got vexed and struck Pat Crogan's wife,
Pat Crogan jumped up and swore he that he'd have Phil Dolan's life.
And the divil of a row was then begun, was then begun, was then begun,
And the divil of a row was then begun, bold Irish boys are we.
We fought and drank, and drank and fought, and fought and drank.
We fought and drank,-bold Irish boys are we.


This version is from 1923. At the time it was stated that they did not the origin or original tune. Tune anybody? The lyrics are flexible.