MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Mother McLaughlin's Party
Jack Houlihan NFLD 1 Tape 5A Track 6
Pouch Cove Audio:
Comic song

Ireland 's the place for a frolic the boys and the girls they are frisky
They never can feel melancholy they're devils for tippling the whisky
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Now old Ireland 'tis the place for a frolic the boys and the girls they are frisky
They never can feel melancholy they're devils for tippling the whisky

Norma that buxom young creature that lately been raising my dander
I met her going down to McGuffin's to borrow the loan of a gander

The goose and the gander were courting she sold them to Paddy McCarthy
To buy her a pair of white slippers to go to McLaughlin's party

CHORUS:
Sure it's well the floor Peter O'Laherty shake your leg Billy McCarthy
Dance to your partners ye devils at Mother McLaughlin's party

For a week or two I was preparing determined inside for to shank it
Put a pair of new tails on my coat with a piece I got off of the blanket

Sure I turned the corduroy breeches I borrowed from Phelan O'Flaherty
And put a new patch on the seat to cut a big swell at the party

CHORUS:
Sure it's well the floor Peter O'Laherty shake your leg Billy McCarthy
Dance to your partners ye devils at Mother McLaughlin's party

Now they hired a fiddler and piper and stuck them on top of a barrel
With a full jug of whisky between them to keep them from having a quarrel

When the Piper struck up . the Fiddler another tune started
They welted the soles off their brogues oh, at Mother McLaughlin's party

CHORUS:
Sure it's well the floor Peter O'Laherty shake your leg Billy McCarthy
Dance to your partners ye devils at Mother McLaughlin's party

(Speaks): Oh, gosh. You'll have to stop her I expect.

[tape stops and starts]

Tim Fagan got out for a reel tread on everyone's corns
To try for to stop him was worse than to catch a mad bull by the horns

He skinned Ginny Hagerty's shins tore the skirts off of Winnie O'Dougherty
Exposed the dear creature's fat limbs oh, to all the gay boys at the party

CHORUS:
Sure it's well the floor Peter O'Laherty shake your leg Billy McCarthy
Dance to your partners ye devils at Mother McLaughlin's party

Now while they were dancing and singing Tom . they bust in the door, sir
The ducks and the drakes and the pigs oh, they all come flying in on the floor, sir

The old sows set up such a grunting the girls they laughed merry and hearty
And the big . came down the middle at Mother McLaughlin's party

CHORUS:
Sure it's well the floor Peter O'Laherty shake your leg Billy McCarthy
Dance to your partners ye devils at Mother McLaughlin's party

Now the party was brought to an ending the fiddler fell drunk from the table
They carried him home on a shutter door out by the door of the stable

With an elegant fight underway with a fraction from Phelan O'Flaherty
And I'll be damned if they didn't have to pay for the frolic we had at the party


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Text notes: Singer describes a wild party.

Tune notes: A triple metre, major key melody with rather unusual 7-measure phrases.

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