For all sons and daughters of Erin’s Isle: a quaint little ditty ;)


Whack follol-de=rah….

In the merry month of May, from me home I started,

Left the girls of Tuam sad and broken hearted,

saluted father dear, kissed me darling mother,

drank a pint of beer my grief and sorrow to smother….

So begins one of the catchiest tunes to ever come out of the Emerald Isle:  Rocky Road to Dublin.  I love this song, my first exposure to it came on a CD that was a collaboration between the Chieftains and various famous musical performers of Irish descent.  The name of the CD is Long Black Veil and it is frankly AWESOME!  This particular song is performed by the Chieftains and The Rolling Stones, and it is just one big Hooley!  At the end, a step dancer even chimes in to give a nice rhythmic percussion counterpoint.

Here is the Chieftains’ version (Note:  some verses are omitted)

Many folks prefer the Dubliners’ version, and I found a nice vocal version by the late Luke Kelly

and here are the lyrics in case you want to sing along:

While in the merry month of May from me home I started,
Left the girls of Tuam so sad and broken hearted,
Saluted father dear, kissed me darling mother,
Drank a pint of beer, me grief and tears to smother,
Then off to reap the corn, leave where I was born,
Cut a stout black thorn to banish ghosts and goblins;
Bought a pair of brogues rattling o’er the bogs
And fright’ning all the dogs on the rocky road to Dublin.

One, two, three four, five,
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
all the way to Dublin, Whack follol de rah !

In Mullingar that night I rested limbs so weary,
Started by daylight next morning blithe and early,
Took a drop of pure to keep me heartfrom sinking;
Thats a Paddy’s cure whenever he’s on drinking.
See the lassies smile, laughing all the while
At me curious style, ‘twould set your heart a bubblin’
Asked me was I hired, wages I required,
I was almost tired of the rocky road to Dublin.

One, two, three four, five,
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
all the way to Dublin, Whack follol de rah !

In Dublin next arrived, I thought it such a pity
To be soon deprived a view of that fine city.
So then I took a stroll, all among the quality;
Me bundle it was stole, all in a neat locality.
Something crossed me mind, when I looked behind,
No bundle could I find upon me stick a wobblin’
Enquiring for the rogue, they said me Connaught brogue
Wasn’t much in vogue on the rocky road to Dublin.

One, two, three four, five,
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
all the way to Dublin, Whack follol de rah !

From there I got away, me spirits never falling,
Landed on the quay, just as the ship was sailing.
The Captain at me roared, said that no room had he;
When I jumped aboard, a cabin found for Paddy.
Down among the pigs, played some hearty rigs,
Danced some hearty jigs, the water round me bubbling;
When off Holyhead I wished meself was dead,
Or better for instead on the rocky road to Dublin.

One, two, three four, five,
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
all the way to Dublin, Whack follol de rah !

Well the boys of Liverpool, when we safely landed,
Called meself a fool, I could no longer stand it.
Blood began to boil, temper I was losing;
Poor old Erin’s Isle they began abusing.
“Hurrah me soul” says I, me Shillelagh I let fly.
Some Galway boys were nigh and saw I was a hobblin’,
With a load “hurray !” joined in the affray.
We quickly cleared the way for the rocky road to Dublin.

One, two, three four, five,
Hunt the Hare and turn her down
the rocky road and all the way to Dublin,
Whack follol de rah !

I dont know about you, but Im really looking forward to St Patricks day this year!

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~ by irishgrl on March 10, 2011.

2 Responses to “For all sons and daughters of Erin’s Isle: a quaint little ditty ;)”

  1. I wonder how my Irish grandfather sang it? His first wife was French Canadian, what a mixture of vocals that must have been 🙂

  2. Im sure he sang it traditional 🙂 Now that Im slowly learning the words, I cant get the song out of my head!

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