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Jim Dixon Lyr Req: McNulty Family songs (54* d) Lyr Add: WHEN RAFFERTY BROUGHT THE RHUMBA TO THE.. 22 Feb 20

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As recorded by The McNulty Family, Decca (12118 A), 1937.

1. 'Twas at Mary Murphy's wedding when the fun was at its height
When Rafferty the trav'lin' man come in and he was tight.
Says he: "I'll demonstrate a step; I picked it up in London."
And for a partner quick he grabbed young Susan Anne McCondon.
'Twas the rumba that he called it, and I'm telling you, me boy,
There'll be trouble if he brings it here to peaceful Aughnacloy.

CHORUS: Oh, when Rafferty and Susan did the rumba,
Sure their feet went pitter-pat around the floor,
And him cuttin' such a figure made me wonder
How he'd look at decent people anymore.
Oh, the music it was awful; ev'rybody was in pain.
If the minstrel he had heard it he'd have smashed his harp again,
But they turned and they twisted; 'twas a sight from Ireland(?), boy,
When Rafferty brought the rumba to the town of Aughnacloy.

2. In the midst of all this noise and din walked Father Dan McCauley.
Says he: "Tell me the meaning of this sinfulness and folly."
"Oh, Father dear," says Rafferty, "is it a sin, I wonder,
To be teachin' these young sweet colleens the way to dance the rumba?"
"But, Rafferty," says Father Dan, "your senses ye are losin'.
Not content with bein' daft yourself you've nearly murdered Susan." CHORUS TWICE

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