Handsome Polly-O

Lyrics

Oh, a regiment of soldiers came to Mohill-o
A regiment of soldiers came to Mohill-o
And the captain on parade
Fell in love with a ladies’ maid
And the name that she was called was handsome Polly-o

Will you ‘list in the army, handsome Polly-o
Will you ‘list in the army, handsome Polly-o
You will get a horse to ride
And your rifle by your side
And a whole band of music going afore ye-o

Didn’t I give you your answer long, long ago?
Didn’t I give you your answer long, long ago?
That I ne’er intend to roam
Into any foreign shore
Nor to marry a poor soldier in the army-o.

Now when she came in presence of the captain-o
Now when she came in presence of the captain-o
She made him there to stand
With his cap and gun in hand
And she laughed him to scorn to his soldiers-o.

The regiment got the rout into Iveagh-o
The regiment got the rout into Iveagh-o
And they went the other way
They’d be going still today
If it wasn’t for the say of handsome Polly-o

And all for the love of handsome Polly-o
And all for the love of handsome Polly-o
And the captain he fell sick
And he died all in a week
And it was all for the love of handsome Polly-o.

The soldiers went to mourn for the captain-o
The soldiers went to mourn for the captain-o
For if Polly wouldn’t do
They would get another view
For there were far better girls out in Iveagh-o


Notes



County

Leitrim

Song Themes

Love spurned

Songwriter