Old Ballymoe

Lyrics

In the county Roscommon in hail-stones and rain
I was crossing the fields on the way to the train
I met a fair colleen, says she ‘Do you know
What’s the shortest of shortcuts to Old Ballymoe ?’

Says I, ‘Colleen oh, what led you astray ?
I think I’ll go with you and show you the way’
Says she ‘I’m not willing, for you I don’t know
You could kiss me between here and Old Ballymoe’

Says I, ‘Colleen oh, ’tis seldom I’ve kissed’
She says, ‘Oh you poor lad, a lot you have missed’
Says I, ‘I am willing to learn, you know
We can practice between here and Old Ballymoe’

‘You think I’d go with you, you moron, garrough
I don’t like your looks nor the sound of your brogue
You’re young and good looking but God knows your slow
You could be a dead one from Old Ballymoe’

Says I, ‘I’ve been noted for strength and good looks
My brain’s not so bad for I’ve mastered the books
And if you are willing, tis married we’ll go
And forever live happy in Old Ballymoe’

She started to laugh till I thought she would choke
She says, ‘Poor lad, I will tell you a joke
Get out of my way for now I must go
I’ve a husband and six kids in Old Ballymoe’

In the county Roscommon in hail-stones and rain
If you’re crossing the fields on the way to the train
Beware of young colleens that you don’t know
For they may well be married in Old Ballymoe


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County

Roscommon


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