Darling Girl From Clare

Lyrics

We were sitting on a bridge upon a Sunday
To watch the girls go by
And thinking we’d be married to one one day
When Kate Flynn caught my eye
Oh man, she was the makings of a fairy
She made each boy’o swear
There’s not one girl in this wide, wide world
Like the darling girl from Clare

Every man has got the finest plan
You’d ever see now, barring me now
Every day, there’s one of them would say
That she’ll agree now, you’ll see now
Each night they’d fight as to which of them was right
‘Bout the colour of her eyes or hair
But not one word from me was ever heard
About the darling girl from Clare

Says Sharkey, she’ll be coming to the shop now
To buy some sort of thing
I’ll ask her if she has a mind to stop now
And should I buy her the ring
And when she sees the curtains on the window
And the tall clock on the stair
Keeping time to the minute, no-one else will be in it
For the darling girl from Clare

Every man has got the finest plan
You’d ever see now, barring me now
Every day, there’s one of them would say
That she’ll agree now, you’ll see now
Thinks I, ye may stop till you rot in your shop
And never a hair she’ll care
With all yer gold, you’ll never get a hold
Upon the darling girl from Clare

Says Fagan, ’tis the father I’ll be plaising
I’ll tell him of the land I’ve tilled
I’ll tell him of the cattle that I’m grazing
And the house I mean for to build
And when he sees the arable and pasture
And the fat stock grazing there
The hens and the chickens, you may go to the dickens
For the darling girl from Clare

Every man has got the finest plan
You’d ever see now, barring me now
Every day, there’s one of them would say
That she’ll agree now, you’ll see now
Thinks I, whither now, though I haven’t ere a cow
Of brass I’ve got my share
And so I know the way I ought to go
About the darling girl from Clare

I never said a single word about her
But I met that girl that day
And I told her that I couldn’t live without her
And what had she for to say
She told me to go and ask her father
I did right then and there
And in less than an hour we were fighting for the dower
Of the darling girl from Clare

Every man had got the finest plan
You’d ever see now, barring me now
Every day, there’s one of them would say
That she’ll agree now, you’ll see now
But late last night when the moon shone bright
I asked her if she’ll share
Me joys and me sorrows, and begorrah on tomorrow
I’ll be married to the girl from Clare

Clare 1

Songs of Clare


Notes



County

Clare


Songwriter

Percy French