Paddy at the Theatre

Lyrics

From the county of Monaghan lately I came
I’m a tinker by trade, Laeey Dooly’s my name
My cousin Tim Murphy, I met yesterday
Says he, Mr. Dooly, you’ll come to a play ?
Derry down down down, Derry down

Is it the play that you mean? Are you sure that you’re right ?
They’re treating the town to Pizzaro tonight
But the treat as he called it, and the one that I mean
Bad luck to his treat, it cost me all my tin
Derry down down down, Derry down

The green curtain drew up and a lady I spied
When a man came to kiss her, she scornfully cried
Get out you big blackguard, I’ll bother your jig
When in comes Pizzaro with a grunt like a pig
Derry down down down, Derry down

In the days of ould Goury, a long time ago
The Spaniards claimed war ‘gainst Peru, you know
They claimed its cash, its jewels and keys
When a boy they called Rowler says: No, if you please
Derry down down down, Derry down

Then Rowler came in, like a day-star appeared
He made a long speech and the sojers all cheered
Says he, ‘Beat well the Spaniards, and do the neat thing
And then boys, stand up for your country and king’
Derry down down down, Derry down

Then Mr. Murphy Alonzo somehow went to jail
He got out by a back door without giving bail
While Rowler was jumping o’er bridges and greens
He was shot by some blackguard behind the big screens
Derry down down down, Derry down

Then Rowler came forward, and with him a child
Looking all for the world like a man that was wild
‘Here’s your gossoon, dear Cora, it’s my own blood that’s spilt
In defence of your child, blood an’ hounds, I’m kilt’
Derry down down down, Derry down

Then Alonzo and Pizzaro had a terrible fight
Pizzaro got killed, that seemed perfectly right
For the audience came down with a shower of applause
They were all enlisted in the Peruvian’s cause
Derry down down down, Derry down

Then Alonzo came forward and handsomely bowed
Saying : Ladies and gentlemen, meaning the crowd
By your kind permission, to-morrow, then
We’ll murder Pizzaro all over again
Derry down down down, Derry down


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Monaghan


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