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Thread #7891   Message #518677
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
31-Jul-01 - 06:48 PM
Thread Name: Lyr ADD: Mrs. McGrath (University-Dubliners)
Subject: Lyr Add: MRS. MCGRATH (Alex Campbell)
And with the line breaks that I left out. And a couple of mistakes corrected.)

Mrs McGrath (acc Bottle of Guinness or unacc.

Mrs McGrath tae the sarjeant said:
"Are ye tryin' tae tak the mickey out o' my son Ted?
Tae go back to tae the army he's no willin'
Why don't ye send for the man they call Mister Macmillan?
With my tooralay, faldiriddle a, Toorai-oorai-oorai-ay,
With my tooralay, faldiriddle a, Tootao-oorai-oorai-ay"

The sarjeant said to Mrs McGrath
"He'll have tae go back, fur that's the law,
In a khaki suit he'll look right fine
An' we'll send him off tae the firin' line."

"Goodbye my son, so brave and bold
Tak yer long woollen drawers they say this war is cold,
And when yer off in Germanie
Make sure you send yer allowance tae me."

A year's gone by and Ted's come back,
Sits doon wi' his mither tae hae a crack
She says: "Wur ye stupit or wur ye daft,
Tae get yer two fine legs frae the knees cut aff."

"Oh mither dear I felt so queer,
It must have been some o' that German beer,
Fur when I went tae see the Russian reds,
I fell aff the wa' an' I broke my legs.

"An now I've been rehabilitated
It'd be an awfy hard job if I'd been decapitated
On civvy street I'm doing gie well
Wi' me two tin legs frae the National Health."

(From Frae Glesca Toon, the songs and stories of Alex Campbell)