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Shimbo Darktree Lyr Add: Ould Alarum Clock (8) Ould Alarum Clock 16 Oct 99


This came from the singing of The Clancy Brothers or The Dubliners
- sorry, I can't remember which.

THE OULD ALARUM CLOCK
 
When first I came to London, in the year of '39,
The city looked so wonderful, and the girls were so divine,
But the coppers got suspicious, and they soon gave me the knock,
I was charged with being the owner of an ould alarum clock.
 
Next morning down by Marlborough Street I caused no little stir,
The I.R.A. were busy, and the telephone lines did burr.
The judge said, "I'm going to charge you with the possession of this machine,
And I'm also going to charge you with the wearing of the green."
 
And says I to him, "Your honour, if you'll give me half a chance,
I'll show you how me small machine can make the peelers dance.
It ticks away politely till you get an awful shock,
And it ticks away the gelignite in me ould alarum clock."
 
Said the judge, "Now listen here my man and I'll tell you of our plan,
For you and all your countrymen I do not give a damn.
The only time you'll take is mine - ten years in Dartmoor Dock,
And you can count it by the ticking of your ould alarum clock."
 
Now this lonely Dartmoor city would put many in the jig.
The cell, it isn't pretty, and it isn't very big.
Still and all, I would have left the place, if I had only got,
Me couple of sticks of gelignite, and me ould alarum clock.


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