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Thread #110403   Message #2317803
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
16-Apr-08 - 07:55 PM
Thread Name: Law Officers in Songs &Children's Rhymes
Subject: RE: Law Officers in Songs &Children's Rhymes
No one's mentioned the Peeler and the Goat - there's a version in the DT, but here's a better one:

Oh the Bansha Peelers went out one night        
On duty and patrollin' O,        
They met a goat upon the road,        
And took him for being a stroller O.        
With bay'nets fixed they sallied forth,              
An' caught him by the wizzen O,        
An' then swore out a mighty oath,        
They'd send him off to prison O."        

"Oh, mercy, sir!" the goat replied,        
"Pray let me tell my story O!              
I am no Rogue, no Ribbonman,        
No Croppy, Whig, or a Tory O;        
I'm guilty not of any crime        
Of petty or high treason O,        
I'm sadly wanted at this time,              
For this is the rantin' season O."        

"It is in vain for to complain        
Or give your tongue such bridle O,        
You're absent from your dwellin' place,        
Disorderly and idle O.              
Your hoary locks will not prevail,        
Nor your sublime oration O,        
For Peeler's Act will you transport,        
On your own information O."        

"No penal law did I transgress              
By deeds or combination O.        
I have no certain place of rest,        
No home or habitation O.        
But Bansha is my dwelling-place,        
Where I was bred and born O,              
I'm descended from an honest race,        
That's all the trade I've learned O."        

"I will chastise your insolence        
And violent behaviour O;        
Well bound to Cashel you'll be sent,              
Where you will gain no favour O.        
The magistrates will all consent        
To sign your condemnation O;        
From there to Cork you will be sent        
For speedy transportation O."              

"This parish an' this neighbourhood        
Are peaceable and tranquil O;        
There's no disturbance here, thank God!        
An' long may it continue so.        
I don't regard your oath a pin,              
Or sign for my committal O,        
My jury will be gentlemin        
And grant me my acquittal O."        

"The consequence be what it will,        
A peeler's power I'll let you know,              
I'll handcuff you, at all events,        
And march you off to Bridewell O.        
An' sure, you rogue, you can't deny        
Before the judge or jury O,        
Intimidation with your horns,              
An' threatening me with fury O."        

"I make no doubt but you are drunk,        
Wud whiskey, rum, or brandy O,        
Or you wouldn't have such gallant spunk        
To be so bold or manly O.              
You readily would let me pass        
If I had money handy O,        
To treat you to a poteen glass—        
Oh! it's then I'd be the dandy O."

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And thanks Bert for reminding me of that Ferret thread. I've got a song in there I'd completely forgotten writing that I might try singing some time. Yes, the Song Challenges were great fun, and always good natured - Áine had a great knack of getting people to come up with enjoyable songs.