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AmyLove Lyr Ad: The Irish, the Irish (Billy Murray) (6) Lyr Add: The Irish, the Irish by Billy Murray 03 Mar 17


Obviously this song can be considered offensive, but hopefully some can find some enjoyment in it. And because from what I can tell the lyrics aren't online anywhere, I decided to share my transcription of them. I'm confident about most of it, though "fools" in the third line of the second to last stanza may be wrong.


Several links for the recording:


http://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/200001914/B-1078-The_Irish_the_Irish

http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/389/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyZshi8LHJU

Someone whistling the tune:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbI8f4Vv_-Y


The lyrics:


THE IRISH, THE IRISH
(words by Joseph Farrell, music by Henry Frantzen)

About four hundred years ago the Indians got a shock
A schooner from Kilkenny came a sailin' to the dock
"We're politicians," said the crew. "We'll rule this land or die."
They proved they were like Washington they did not tell a lie

The Irish, the Irish, they always set the pace
You'll always find them up in front, they're always in the race
'Twas they who found Milwaukee in 1492
While sailing cross the ocean in the good ship Buggyboo (Bugaboo?)

Who built the streets on which we walk in this land of the free?
Who helped the ladies cross the street with noble gallantry?
And who's the busiest man in all upon election day?
And thankful are the rulers of the mighty USA

The Irish, the Irish, they're always full of tricks
They take the lead in many things, they lead in politics
I'd rather be an Irishman and never have a thin'
Than own the Philadelphia mint or be the president

Tim Clancy and his wife one night were havin' quite a fight
When Pat McGinny came along and saw the awful sight
"Leave off, you brute," says he to Tim. "'Tis wrong to strike your wife."
Then both the Clancys turned on Pat and nearly took his life

The Irish, the Irish, sometimes they're mighty queer
It's best to leave them quite alone don't ever interfere
When they commence to scrappin', that's just your cue to see
If you can break the record climbin' up the nearest tree

One night McGuinness came home full and tried to kiss his wife
She looked into his goo-goo eyes and said, "Not on your life."
"The fools are not all dead, my dear," said he to her right back
"I wish they were," said she to him. "I look quite well in black."

The Irish, the Irish, they answer very quick
She said, "Please turn your head away your breath is very thick.
You brute, I'm goin' to leave you. I'm goin' to Mother dear."
Said he, "That's better far than bringin' darlin' Mother here."


(as sung by Billy Murray)


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