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elektra@gate.net Lyr Add: Red-Haired Mary (9) Lyr Add: RED-HAIRED MARY (Clancy) 20 Sep 98


Following is the Clancy's version (well, one of them, anyway) of Red-Haired Mary. I found it differed significantly enough from the DT version that I felt I should contribute it. =)

RED-HAIRERD MARY
(Sean McCarthy)

I was goin' to the fair in Dingle
One fine mornin' last July
When goin' down the road before me
A red-haired girl I chanced to spy

I went up to her, said "ah -- young lady
my donkey it can carry two".
"Well seein' as how you have a donkey
to the Dingle Fair I'll ride with you."

Now when we reached the town of Dingle
I took her hand to say goodbye
When a tinker man stepped up beside me
And he belted me in my left eye

Chorus:
Keep your hands off red-haired Mary
Her and I will soon be wed
We'll see the priest this very mornin'
And tonight we'll lie in a married bed

Now I was feelin' kinda peevish
And me poor old eye was sad and sore
So I gently tapped him with me hobnails
And he fell back through Murphy's door

(Chorus)

A policeman came around the corner
And he told me I had broke the law
Well my donkey kicked him in the kneecap
And he fell down and broke his jaw

(Chorus)

Then he went off to find his brother
The biggest man you ever did meet
And he tapped me gently with his knuckles
And I was minus two front teeth

(Chorus)

Now the red-haired girl she kept on smiling
"I will go with you, young man," she said.
We'll forget the priest this very morning
And tonight we'll lie in Murphy's shed

Alt chorus: Keep your hands off red-haired Mary
Her and I will soon be wed
We'll forget the priest this very mornin'
And tonight we'll lie in Murphy's shed

Now thro' the fair we roamed together
My black eye and her red hair
Smiling gaily at the tinkers
And b'god! We were a handsome pair!

(Alt Chorus)


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