Johnny Jump Up


I’ll tell you a story that happened to me
One day as I went down to Youghal by the sea
The sun it was bright and the day it was warm
So says I, a quiet pint wouldn’t do me no harm

I went in and I called for a bottle of stout
Says the barman, I’m sorry, all the beer is sold out
Try whiskey or Paddy, ten years in the wood
Says I, I’ll try cider, I’ve heard it was good

O never, O never, O never again
If I live to a hundred or a hundred and ten
For I fell to the ground and I couldn’t get up
After drinking a quart of the Johnny Jump Up

After lowering the third, I made straight for the yard
Where I bumped into Brophy, the big civic guard
Come here to me boy, don’t you know I’m the law ?
Well, I up with me fist and I shattered his jaw

He fell to the ground with his knees doubled up
But it wasn’t I hit him, ’twas Johnny Jump Up
The next thing I met down in Youghal by the sea
Was a cripple on crutches and says he to me

I’m afraid of me life I’ll be hit by a car
Won’t you help me across to the Railwayman’s Bar
After drinking a quart of the cider so sweet
He threw down his crutches and danced on his feet

So if ever you go down to Youghal by the sea
Stay out of the ale house and take it from me
If you want to stay sane, don’t you dare take a sup
Of that devil drink cider called Johnny Jump Up


Reg (2a)




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