Ballynure

Lyrics

As I was going to Ballynure, a day I well remember
To see the lads and lassies on the fifth day of December
With a my ring-doo-a-day, with a my ring-a-doo-a daddy o

As I was going along the road, as onward I was walking
I heard a wee lad behind the ditch-a to his wee lass was talking
With a my ring-doo-a-day, with a my ring-a-doo-a daddy o

Says this wee lad to this wee lass ‘It’s will you let me kiss ye
For it’s you have got the cordial eye that far exceeds the whiskey’
With a my ring-doo-a-day, with a my ring-a-doo-a daddy o

‘This cordial that you talk about, there’s very few o’ them gets it
For it’s only them with muslin gowns and crooked combs that catch it’
With a my ring-doo-a-day, with a my ring-a-doo-a daddy o

Collected by Tommy Makem.


Notes

Jonathan Swift, writer of Gulliver’s Travels, at one time was responsible for the parish and church of Ballynure (from Baile an Iúir, “homestead of the yews”). He may have started his imaginary travels on the a narrow gauge railway that ran from Ballymena to Larne.

The ancestors of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (better known as Mark Twain, author of ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’) lived at Clements Hill in Ballynure before emigrating to America.

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County

Antrim

Song Themes

Rake and rogues

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