The Chieftains:The Rocky Road to Dublin

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“The Rocky Road to Dublin”
Artist: The Chieftains featuring The Rolling Stones
Albums: The Wide World Over: A 40 Year Celebration (2002)

Whack fol-laddie-ra

In the merry month of May
From me home I started
Left the girls of Tuam
Sad and broken hearted
Saluted father dear
Then kissed me darlin' mother
Then drank a pint of beer
Me tears and grief to smother
Off to reap the corn
And leave where I was born
I cut a stout blackthorn
To banish ghost and goblin
A brand new pair of brogues
Rattlin o'er the bogs
And frightenin' all the dogs
On the rocky road to Dublin

One two three four five
Hunt the hare and turn her
Down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin
Whack fol-laddie-ra

In Dublin next arrived
I thought it such a pity
To be so soon deprived
A view of that fine city
Then I took a stroll
All among the quality
My bundle it was stole
From in that neat locality
Something crossed me mind
When I looked behind
No bundle could I find
Upon me stick a-wobblin'
Enquirin' for the rogue
They said me Connacht brogue
Wasn't much in vogue
On the rocky road to Dublin

And one two three four five
Hunt the hare and turn her
Down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin
Whack fol-laddie-ra

The boys of Liverpool
When we safely landed
Called me such a fool
I could no longer stand it
Me blood began to boil
me temper I was losin'
Poor old Erin's Isle
They began abusin'
Hurrah me soul says I
Shillelagh I let fly
Some Galway boys came by
They saw I was a hobblin'
With a loud hurray
They joined in the affray
We quickly cleared the way
For the rocky road to Dublin

One two three four five
Hunt the hare and turn her
Down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin
Whack fol-laddie-ra

All right take it Harry