When Peggy O'Dea came to Mullenalee

Lyrics

There is a sweet little village called Mullenalee
And it lies just half way between Cork and the sea
Where the boys and the girls are all happy and free
Contented and peaceful in Mullenalee
But sure such an Eden was not meant to be
And trouble decended on Mullenalee
And it came of a sudden like mist from the sea
When Peggy O’Dea Came to Mullenalee

She had left as a young girl aged about three
To sail with her parents far over the sea
And she learned some queer tricks in the far USA
And brough all there back to Mullenalee
The queerest of clothes you ever did see
Her lips and her nails painted red as could be
Such clothes and such style sure you never did see
Till Peggy O’Dea Came to Mullenalee

Not a colleen was courted from Cork to the sea
For the boys wanted no one but Peggy O’Dea
Every one of them thought his wife she should be
Till they found she had married old Danny McGee
He was bald as an egg and he’d turned 83
But he owned half the land around Mullenalee
It was a very nice match and netween you and me
That’s why Peggy O’Dea Came to Mullenalee

Then the humor got around that Miss Peggy O’Dea
Wasn’t all that she pretended to be It appeared
She had never been over the sea
But worked as a servent way back in Tralee
The guards came and took her right back to Tralee
She was wearin her mistress’s clothes so you see
And now everyone’s happy except Danny McGee
Since Peggy O’Dea is gone from Mullenalee

 


Notes

I can find no trace of a place called Mullinlee (half way between Cork and the sea).
Another Percy French invention ?


Song Clip


County

Cork


Songwriter

Percy French