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The Real McCoy
(Roud 4280)

Mikey Kelleher
Quilty and Depford, London
Recorded in London, 1977

Carroll Mackenzie Collection

 

Mikey Kelleher

Lads and lassies let ye draw near I mean to sing you a song.
If you pay attention to mamma mention I won’t detain you long.
I acted a fool when I married a wife my fortune for to try,
And the first of my misfortune, when I married old Kate McCoy.
O Ri titti fol lol; ri titti fol lol; ri titti fol lol to li.

I was only one week married and there she put me in a trance,
She went down to the pawnshop and she sold my suit and pants.
I had nothing to do about it but the tear rolled from my eye,
And I curse the day that I met her, she was the Real McCoy.
Ri titti fol lol; ri titti fol lol; ri titti fol lol to li.

And just with one week married I was starved and staggered at home,
I gently put my foot on the step and she walloped me out with a broom.
She caught me by the throat; with her fist she blackened my eye,
"Young man," she said "I'll let you see that I’m still the Real McCoy."
Ri titti fol lol; ri titti fol lol; ri titti fol lol to li.

My wife she took some change then, oh she got very ill.
She drank a bottle a medicine, she baffled the doctor’s skill.
She was every day getting worse and worse until the fourth day she died.
Now she’s dead and buried, she gone, the real McCoy.
Titti fol lol; o titti fol lol; my titti fol lol to li.

Come on the boys around the place I mean to let you tarry,
If women were going for a penny a dime, the devil the one o’ them I’d marry.
Come all the men in town, let ye all mind yere eyes.
There’s thousands of those old hairos goin’ as bad as the Real McCoy.
Titti fol lol; o titti fol lol; my titti fol lol to li.


"This sounds like either a music hall song or an American vaudeville piece. The only published versions are in James N. Healy’s ‘Old Irish Street Ballads’, vol. 4, Mercier Press (1969) and in 'The America Folklore Journal' (1948)."
Jim Carroll

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