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T:King of Ballyhooley, The
D:Patrick Street (Andy Irvine)
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W:I'll tell yez how it was with me, if to listen yez are willin'.
W:'Twas in yon house behind yon hill, where I had lately been distillin'.
W:I swung a keg upon me back, and started out for daylight coolly.
W:Good customers I did not lack, and I sold it all in Ballyhooley.
W:I thought it wiser to delay me homeward way for fear of peelers,
W:And in that way I spent the day, dinin' with the whiskey dealers.
W:But as the shades of night came down, and I had got me money duly,
W:I bid goodnight to all was there, and I started home from Ballyhooley.
W:My heart was light with the mountain dew that I had brewed among the heather,
W:And on me way I chanced to spy a lad and lassie walk together.
W:Her neck was like the mountain snow, with cheeks like roses blossomed newly,
W:She'd a voice like music soft and low, she was the flower of Ballyhooley.
W:This young man quickly left her side, it was afraid of me that he was,
W:And still the lassie did not hide, it was in love with me that she was,
W:Then quickly up beside her came, says I "Fair maid I love you truly!
W:And if your parents give consent will you be my bride in Ballyhooley?"
W:"I have a house behind yon hill, two fine greyhounds and a ferret,
W:Besides I have a little still, the drop it makes with you I'll share it,
W:And I have got a feather bed, with sheets and blankets purchased newly,
W:Besides I have a ring to wed, if you'll be mine in Ballyhooley"
W:Her cherry cheeks they grew more red, during the time that we were talkin',
W:And still she hung her little head, and viewed the ground where we were walkin',
W:She says "Young man if you're content, and if you say you love me truly,
W:And if me parents give consent, I'll be your bride in Ballyhooley."
W:I asked her name she said it was Jane and that her second name was Cooley,
W:And then I asked her when we'd wed she said the sooner well the better,
W:So I went and asked her parents glad, if they were content to let me get her,
W:They said they were they wished us luck, we started out for Father Dooley,
W:And at the hour of twelve o'clock we tied the knot in Ballyhooley.
W:The wedding that we had that day, the people comin' uninvited,
W:The piper played for every squad, Jane she sang and I recited,
W:The poteen flowed like a waterfall, that from the still had just come newly,
W:And in that way we gaily spent our honeymoon in Ballyhooley.
W:The wedding presents that we got, none of them was mean or shabby,
W:And me Auntie Dot she bought some cloth, to make the dresses for the baby,
W:Invitations then went round to friends that we had just made newly,
W:A lighter heart could not be found, than mine that night in Ballyhooley.
W:It's fifteen years now since we wed, still in every way we're thrivin',
W:Me Jane she is a dandy yet, though down the hill of life she's drivin',
W:The family has increased in store, fifteen daughters all unruly,
W:Bonny Jane she is me Queen, and I'm the king of Ballyhooley.

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