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Lark of the Clans... Celtic with a twist!

Red Haired Mary


Irish Traditional Listen to a sample

As I was going to the fair of Dingle
One fine morning last July
And walking down the road before me
A red haired girl I chanced to spy

Come ride with me, my red haired maiden,
My donkey he can carry two
She looked at me, her eyes a twinklin'
And her cheeks a rosy hue!

Chorus: Oh! Keep your hands off red haired Mary
Her and I will soon be wed
We'll see the priest this very morning
Tonight we'll lie in a marriage bed!

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

Well, I was feeling kind of peevish
My poor old eye felt sad and sore
When I tapped him gently with my hobnail
And he flew back through Murphy's door              Chorus

He galloped off to find his brothers
The tallest men I e'er did meet
When he tapped me gently with his knuckles
I was minus two front teeth!              Chorus

Now, a peeler, he came round the corner
Said, “Young man, you done broke the law!”
When my donkey kicked him in the kneecaps
He fell down and broke his jaw!              Chorus

Well, that red haired girl, she kept a-smiling
Young man, 'I'll go with you,”' she said
'We'll forget the priest this very morning
Tonight we'll lie in Murphy's shed!”              Chorus