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Thread #11460   Message #85232
Posted By: Wolfgang
09-Jun-99 - 02:26 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Roy Roger Um / Hi Ho Jerum / Hi Ro Jerum
Subject: Lyr Add: ROY ROGER UM
see below my far from perfect transcription of this song from the South Roscommon singers circle CD. Please improcve my attempt.

Wolfgang

ROY ROGER UM

1. Now there was a rich man and his name it was Sabis-ee-um(?),
glory hallelujah, oh Roger um.
He wore a silk hat and his coat was very spruce(?)-ee-um,
glory hallelujah, oh Roger um.

Ch.: Oh, Roger um, oh, Roger um,
skillymalinkydoodelay, oh, Roger um.

2. Now this rich man who lived in Jerusal-ee-um
he (gave swelled in this to the ?) people of Jerusal-ee-um.

3. At the rich man's gate there lived a human wreck-ee-um
and to work he was not able-ee-um.

4. So he begged some crumbs from the rich man's table-ee-um,
but the rich man he did refuse-ee-um.

5. Now the poor man died and he went up to heaven-ee-um
and he boozed with the angels until half past eleven-ee-um.

6. And the rich man died but he didn't fare so well-ee-um,
for Old Nick cornered him and shooked him into Hell-ee-um.

7. Now the first thing he asked for was a little ale-ee-um,
but Old Nick told him it wasn't a hotel-ee-um.

8. And the next thing he asked for was a little chertruc-ee-um(?),
but Old Nick told him to ask it was no use-ee-um.

9. And the next thing he asked for was a whisky and a sod-ee-um,
but Old Nick told him to shovel on the coal-ee-um.

10. Now the moral of the story is, rich men go to Hell-ee-um,
but we won't go, for we'll all stony-brok-ee-um.