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Jim Carroll Ring a Ring of Roses (6) RE: Ring a Ring of Roses 20 Jun 20

Written by Pete, St John for the Dublin City Ramblers

Ring a ring a rosie, as the light declines
I'll remember Dublin city, in the rare ould times

Raised on songs & stories, heroes of renown
The passing tales & glories, that once was Dublin town
The hallowed halls & houses, the haunting childrens' rhymes
That once was Dublin city, in the rare ould times


My name it is Sean Dempsey, as Dublin as could be
Born hard & late in Pimlico, in a house that's ceased to be
By trade I was a cooper, lost out to redundancy
Like my house that fell to progress, my trade's a memory

& I courted Peggy Dignan, as pretty as you please
A rogue & a child of Mary, from the rebel Liberties
I lost her to a student chap, with a skin as black as coal
When he took her off to Birmingham, she took away my soul


The years have made me bitter, the gargle dims me brain
Cause Dublin keeps on changing, & nothing seems the same
The Pillar & the Met have gone, the Royal long since pulled down
As the grey unyielding concrete, makes a city of my town

Fare thee well sweet Anna Liffey, I can no longer stay
& watch the new glass cages, that spring up along the quay
My mind's too full of memories, too old to hear new chimes
I'm a part of what was Dublin, in the rare ould times

[Chorus x2]

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