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Mrs McLaughlin’s Party
Martin Howley
Fanore, north west Clare
Recorded in singer's home, summer 1975

Carroll Mackenzie Collection

 

Martin Howley

[Old Ireland is the place for a frolic
The boys and the girls are frisky.
They never can feel melancholic
They're the devils] for tippling the whiskey.
For a row, a ruction, or murder,
The boys they’re strong and hearty,
And I'll tell you before I’ll go further
About Mrs McLaughlin's party.

Chorus:
Welt the floor, Peter O'Doherty,
Shake your leg Biddy McCarthy,
Dance to your partners ye devils
At Mrs McLaughlin's party.

For a week or two I was preparing
Myself in style for to shank it.
I put a new piece in my coat
With a strip I cut off of the blanket.
I turned the corduroy breeches,
I borrowed from Phelim McCarthy,
And I put a new piece in the seat
For to cut a good shine at the party.

Jim Fagan struck up for a reel,
He jigged it on every one's corns
And I tried for to stop him was worse,
Than to catch him a bull by the horns.
He tore Inny Hegarty's shins,
Tore the skirt of Ellie O’Flaherty.
And exposed the dear creature's fat limbs
To all the gay boys at the party.

Chorus
Welt the floor, Peter O'Doherty,
Shake your leg Biddy McCarthy,
Dance to your partners ye devils
At Mrs McLaughlin's party.

While they were dancing and singing
Tom Cassidy burst the door in, sir,
And the ducks and the geese and the pigs
Came flying in the floor, sir.
The old sow she set up a grunting.
The girls they laughed strong and hearty.
And the pig wolunteer down the middle
Of Mrs McLaughlin's party.

The party it came to an ending,
The fiddler fell drunk on the table.
We carried him home on a shutter
We tore off of the door of the stable.
We had an elegant fight on the road
With a faction from Ballykillarty,
And I'm damned if I hadn't to pay
For the frolic we had at the party.


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