Bold O'Donoghue


Here I am from Paddy’s land, a land of high renown
I’ve broke the hearts of all the girls from miles ’round Keady town
And when they hear that I’m away, they’ll raise a hullabaloo
When they hear about that handsome lad that they call O’Donoghue

For I’m the boy to please her and I’m the boy to tease her
I’m the boy can squeeze her and I’ll tell you what I’ll do
I’ll court her like an Irishman with brogue and blarney too
With my rolligan, swalligan, holligan, wolligan bold O’Donoghue

I wish my love was a red, red rose growing on yon garden wall
And me to be the dew drop, upon her brow I’d fall
Perhaps now she might think on me as a rather heavy dew
No more she’d love the handsome lad they call O’Donoghue

I hear that Queen Victoria has a daughter fine and grand
Perhaps she’d take it into her head to marry an Irishman
If I could only get the chance to have a word or two
I’m sure she’d take a notion in the bold O’Donoghue

Armagh 1

Songs of Armagh




Song Themes

Rake and rogues