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Thread #44753   Message #3790434
Posted By: Lighter
15-May-16 - 09:44 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Kerry Recruit (nonsense chorus)
Subject: RE: Origin: Kerry Recruit (nonsense chorus)
Albert Tracy (1818-1893), an American who grew up in Canada, noted the following stanza in his journal in the Black Hills in 1860. He recalled it from his "'prentice days," presumably about 1830-35:

O, I kicked off my brogues, and shook hands with my spade,
And off to the fair, like a dashing young blade;
I met with the Sergeant, he asked me to 'list,
With yer grammachree, cushmalee – lend us yer fist.
        'Mush-a-too, mush-a-too,' etc.

The next line was "The first thing they gave me, it was a long gun." That was all he could remember.

Irish speakers: What, if anything, might "grammachree, cushmalee" mean?