22 November 2009

she got a letter once in a while

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  1. Mrs McGrath - Dubliners (Original version)

  2. "Now, Mrs. McGrath," the sergeant said,
    "Would you like to make a soldier
    Out of your son, Ted?
    With a scarlet cloak and a fine cocked hat,
    Mrs. McGrath wouldn't you like that?"

    Mrs. McGrath lived on the seashore
    For the span of seven long years or more
    'Till she saw big ship sailing into the bay
    Saying,"Here's my son Ted! Won't you clear the way!"

    "Oh, Captain dear, where have you been.
    Have you been out sailin' on the Meditereen'.
    Tell me the news of my son Ted.
    Is the poor boy livin' or is he dead?"

    Now up comes Ted without any legs
    And in their place he has two wooden pegs
    She kissed him a dozen times or two
    Saying "Holly Molly! Sure, it couldn't be you?"

    "Now was you drunk or was you blind
    When you left your two fine legs behind?
    Or was it out walking upon the sea
    That tore your legs from the ground to the knee?"

    "No I wasn't drunk and I wasn't blind
    When I left my two fine legs behind.
    For a cannon ball on the fifth of May
    Took my two fine legs from the knees away."

    "Now Teddy me boy," the old widow cried
    "Your two fine legs was your mama's pride
    Them stumps of a tree won't do at all
    Why didn't you run from the big cannon ball?"

    "Now against all war, I do profrain
    Between Don Juan and the King of Spain
    And, by herrons, I'll make 'em rue the time
    When they swept the legs from a child of mine."


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