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CET Lyr Req: Bundleen? / Bundlin (from Sean Keane) (6) Lyr Add: BUNDLIN (from Sean Keane) 19 May 14

I have most of the lyrics to this song. I am wondering if the first verse is complete, however. It goes like this:

As recorded by Sean Keane on "A Portrait: Best of 1993-2003"

1. My name is Willie Reilly; in Dublin I was born,
And for my bad behaviour I was forced to cross the foam.

CHORUS: With me bundlin on my shoulder, my shillelagh in me hand,
For to ramble the bushes of Australia like a true-born Irishman.

2. The wind being in our favour, we raised our sails with glee,
And we gave three hearty cheers, me boys, going down the Irish sea.
We gave three hearty cheers, me boys, going down the Irish sea,
And on the eleventh day of April we landed in Port Magee. CHORUS

3. And when we reached old Melbourne, the ladies danced with joy.
Says one of them to the other: "Here comes that Irish boy."
And some they drank from glasses and some they drank from cans,
And we sang and danced all round the house to the health of this Irishman. CHORUS

4. Says the mother to the daughter: "I cannot understand
Why you're going to wed this Irish boy all the way from Paddy's land."
Says the daughter to her mother: "Sure I'll do the best I can,
As I ramble the bushes of Australia with my true-born Irishman." CHORUS

Would anybody know of a different version of the first verse? The other verses all have 4 lines before going into the chorus. The first verse just has two lines and then "With me bundlin, etc."

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