The Prodigals Ballybay Lyrics

The Prodigals Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Dunmore Chix
  • 2 Ballybay
  • 3 Moving On
  • 4 Bowling Green
  • 5 Star of Munster
  • 6 Away From Home
  • 7 Jaw of Life
  • 8 Cumberland Beggar
  • 9 As I Roved Out
  • 10 Nomi Lodge
  • 11 Rain
  • Greg: "And now we're going to play a little song,
    a very tragic tune about a woman with a wooden leg
    who dumped her husband in a quarry."

    Crowd: "Yay!"

    In the town of Ballybay-hay
    There was a maiden dwelling.
    I knew her very well
    And her story's worth a telling.
    And her father kept a still,
    And he was a good distiller....
    When she took to drink as well
    Well the devil couldn't fill her

    A ring-a-dom a doo, a ring-a-dom a delly

    She had a wooden leg it was hollow down the middle
    She used to tie a sting in it and play it like a fiddle
    She fiddled in the hall, she fiddled in the alleyway
    She didn't give a damn sure she had to fiddle anyway

    A ring-a-dom a doo, a ring-a-dom a delly

    She said she wouldn't dance unless she had her welly
    But when she had it on she would dance as well as any.
    Once said she wouldn't go to bed unless she had her shimmy
    But when she had it on she would go as quick as any.
    A ring-a-dom a doo, a ring-a-dom a delly

    She had lovers by the score every Tom, Dick and Harry
    And she courted night and day but still she wouldn't marry
    Then she fell in love with a fellow with a stammer
    When he tried to get away, she hit him with a hammer

    A ring-a-dom a doo, a ring-a-dom a delly

    Greg:"Andrew Harkin on bass!" (bass solo)

    Childer on the stairs and childer in the pyre
    And another ten or twelve sitting rolling by the fire
    And she fed him on potatoes
    and a soup she made with nettles
    And a lot of hairy bacon that she boiled in a kettle

    A ring-a-dom a doo, a ring-a-dom a delly

    She led a sheltered life, eating porridge and black pudding.
    And she terrorized her man until he died quite sudden.
    And when her husband died she was feeling very sorry
    She rolled him in a bag and she threw him in a quarry

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