Johnny I hardly knew ye

Lyrics

While goin’ the road to sweet Athy, har-oo, har-oo
While goin’ the road to sweet Athy, har-oo, har-oo
While goin’ the road to sweet Athy
A stick in me hand and a tear in me eye
A doleful damsel I heard cry
Johnny I hardly knew ye

Chorus
With your drums and guns and guns and drums, har-oo, har-oo
With your drums and guns and guns and drums, har-oo, har-oo
With your drums and guns and guns and drums
The enemy nearly slew ye
Oh darlin’ dear you look so queer
Johnny I hardly knew ye

Where are your eyes that look so mild, har-oo, har-oo
Where are your eyes that look so mild, har-oo, har-oo
Where are your eyes that look so mild
When my poor heart you first beguiled
Why did you run from me and the child
Johnny I hardly knew ye

Where are the legs with which you run, har-oo, har-oo
Where are the legs with which you run, har-oo, har-oo
Where are the legs with which you run
When you went off to carry a gun
Indeed your dancing days are done
Johnny I hardly knew ye

It grieved my heart to see you sail, har-oo, har-oo
It grieved my heart to see you sail, har-oo, har-oo
It grieved my heart to see you sail
When from my heart you took leg-bail
Like a cod, you’re doubled-up head and tail
Johnny I hardly knew ye
You haven’t an arm and you haven’t a leg, har-oo, har-oo
You haven’t an arm and you haven’t a leg, har-oo, har-oo
You haven’t an arm and you haven’t a leg
You’re an eyeless, noseless, chickenless egg
You’ll have to be put on a bowl to beg
Johnny I hardly knew ye

I’m happy for to see you home, har-oo, har-oo
I’m happy for to see you home, har-oo, har-oo
I’m happy for to see you home
All from the island of Ceylon
So low in flesh, so high in bone
Johnny I hardly knew ye

Kildare 1

Songs of Kildare


Notes

Clip – Tom Donovan



County

Kildare

Song Themes

Crimean War

Songwriter