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fulurum Lyr Req: Town of Ballybay (Tommy Makem) (4) Lyr Add: TOWN OF BALLYBAY (Tommy Makem) 21 Feb 00

Tommy Makem

With me ringa dinga dong ringa dinga daddy o,
Me ringa ding dong right from me daddy.

In the town of Ballybay there was a lassie dwelling.
I knew her very well and the story's worth a telling.
Her father kept a still and he was a good distiller,
But when she took to the drink, what the devil wouldn't fill her!
With me ringa dinga dong...

And she had the wooden leg that was hollow down the middle.
She used to tie a string and then play 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.
With me ring dinga dong...

And she said she couldn't dance unless she had her welly on,
But when she had it on, she could dance as well 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.
With me ringa dinga dong...

She had lovers by the score, every Tom and Dick and Harry.
She was courted night and day but still she wouldn't marry.
And then she fell in love with the man who had a stammer.
When he tried to run away, she hit him with a hammer.
With me ringa dinga dong...

She had children up the stairs, she had children in the byre(?),
And another ten or twelve sitting growing by the fire.
She fed them on potatoes and on soup she made with nettles,
And lumps of hairy bacon that she boiled up in the kettle.
With me ring dinga dong...

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

Written by Tommy Makem. From Makem and Clancy "The Concert" album

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