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Lyr/Chords Req: The Town of Ballybay

GUEST,Marian 07 Jun 01 - 07:02 AM
Malcolm Douglas 07 Jun 01 - 07:18 AM
GUEST 17 Nov 10 - 11:56 AM
GUEST 17 Nov 10 - 12:03 PM
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Subject: Can anybody help me?
From: GUEST,Marian
Date: 07 Jun 01 - 07:02 AM

Hello you mudcatters out there all over the world!

I've heard a song recently called "The Town of Ballybay" I just have very little of the lyrics and would appreciate anyone to add more of them if he knows the song. It goes something like this:

In the twon of Ballybay there was a woman dwelling and unless she had her belly on she could dance as well as anyone

I'm not sure if "belly" is spelled correct, I don't know what this could mean, however the song is very fast.

If anyone knows about the song, please let me know!


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Can anybody help me?
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 07 Jun 01 - 07:18 AM

Simply type ballybay into the very useful "Digitrad and Forum Search", which is quite prominently displayed on the main Forum page.  This will get you links to the text of this song in the Digital Tradition database, and a number of past discussions of it in the Forum.  Both the DT and Forum are fully searchable; see the FAQ thread on the main Forum page for information on how to find things here.


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: THE TOWN OF BALLYBAY
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 11:56 AM


            G                                    D
1. In the town of Ballybay there is a lassie dwelling.
I knew her very well and the story is worth telling.
Her father kept a still and he was a good distiller,
And when she took a drink, well, the devil wouldn't fill her.
CHORUS: With me ring a ding a dum, me ring a ding a daddio,
With me ring a ding a dum, a whack fol da daddio.

2. She had a wooden leg that was hollow down the middle.
She used to tie a string on it and played it like a fiddle.
She fiddled in the hall; she fiddled in the alleyway.
She didn't give a damn; she had to fiddle anyway. CHORUS

3. She said she couldn't dance unless she had her wellie on,
But when she had them on she could dance as good as anyone.
She wouldn't go to bed unless she had her shimmy on,
But when she had it on she would go as quick as anyone. CHORUS

4. She had lovers by the score, every Tom and Dick and Harry.
She was courting night and day, but still she wouldn't marry.
And then she fell in love with a fella with a strammer.
When he tried to run away, she hit him with a hammer. CHORUS

5. She had childer up the stairs, she had childer in the brier,
And another ten or twelve sat roaring by the fire.
She fed them on potatoes and on soup she made with nettles
Or lumps of hairy bacon that she boiled up in a kettle. CHORUS

6. She led a sheltered life eating porridge and black pudding.
She terrorised her man until he died right sudden,
And when her husband died, she was feeling very sorry.
She rolled him in a bag and she threw him in a quarry. CHORUS

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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: The Town of Ballybay
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 12:03 PM

I'm the Guest that posted the Chords and Lyrics above,
but the chords all posted in the wrong places, sorry about that,
the first G should be over the word TOWN and the D over
the word DWELLING, so push all the other chords over by about
the same amount

GUEST: I assume you used a fixed-width font (like Courier) when you set up your lyrics and chords. That's good. However, Mudcat will default to a variable-width font (like Times Roman) if you don't force it to use fixed-width. You can do this by putting <pre> at the beginning and </pre> at the end of the text that needs to be in fixed-width. I inserted those HTML commands for you in your message, and voila! It's now exactly as you wanted it (I think). Also, you can use the "Preview" option to make sure it looks right before you submit.—from one of the JoeClones, 20-Nov-2010.

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