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Let’s all sing together!

As our wake is very interactive, the live band will be playing music for singing and dancing.

Here’s a sample of some of our favorite songs. Feel free to learn one or bring one of your own and share it when you come up to eulogize Paddy.

Cockles and Mussels

In Dublin’s fair city, where the girls are so pretty
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone
As she wheeled her wheel-barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!
Alive, alive-O! alive, alive-O!
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!
She was a fish-monger, but sure ’twas no wonder
For so were her father and mother before
And they each wheeled their barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!
Alive, alive-O! alive, alive-O!
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!
She died of a fever, and no one could save her
And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone
But her ghost wheels her barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O!
Alive, alive-O! alive, alive-O!
Crying cockles and mussels, alive, alive

Danny Boy

Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side
The summer’s gone, and all the flowers are dying
‘Tis you, ’tis you must go and I must bide.
But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow
Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow
‘Tis I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so.
And if you come, when all the flowers are dying
And I am dead, as dead I well may be
You’ll come and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say an “Ave” there for me.
And I shall hear, tho’ soft you tread above me
And all my dreams will warm and sweeter be
If you’ll not fail to tell me that you love me
I’ll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.
I’ll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.

I’ll Tell My Ma

Chorus

I’ll tell my ma when I go home
The boys won’t leave the girls alone
They pulled my hair, they stole my comb
But that’s all right till I go home.
She is handsome, she is pretty
She is the bell of Belfast city
She is counting one, two, three
Please won’t you tell me who is she.
Albert Mooney says he loves her
All the boys are fighting for her
They knock at the door and they ring at the bell
Sayin’ “Oh my true love, are you well?”
Out she comes as white as snow
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
Old John Murray says she’ll die
If she doesn’t get the fellow with the roving eye.

Chorus

Let the wind and rain and the hail blow high
And the snow come tumblin’ from the sky
She’s as nice as apple pie
She’ll get her own lad by and by.
When she gets a lad of her own
She won’t tell her ma when she goes home
Let them all come as they will
For it’s Albert Mooney she loves still.

Chorus (twice)

Whiskey In The Jar

Chorus

As I was walkin’ over, the far famed Kerry Mountain
I met with Cap’n Farrell and his money he was countin’.
I first took out me pistol and then took out me rapier,
Sayin’, “Stand and deliver, for you are a bold deceiver.”

Chorus

My cherie ramma do ramma die
Whack fol the daddy o
Whack fol the daddy o
There’s whiskey in the jar.

I counted out his money and it was a pretty penny.
I put it in me pocket and I took it home to Jenny.
She sighed and she swore, she never would deceive me,
But the devil take the women for they never can rest easy.

Chorus

I went up to me chamber for to take a slumber.
I dreamed of gold and jewels, and sure ’tis no wonder.
But Jenny took me charges and filled them up with water
And called on Cap’n Farrell to be ready for the slaughter.

Chorus

‘Twas early in the mornin’ before I rose to travel
Up sprang a band of footmen and likewise Cap’n Farrell.
I then took out me pistol for she’d stolen away me rapier
But the water wouldn’t fire so a prisoner I was taken.

Chorus

Now if anyone can save me it’s me brother in the army.
I think that he is stationed up in Cork or in Kilarny.
And if he’d come to join me we’d go rovin’ in Kilkenny.
I know he’d treat me better than me darlin’, sportin’ Jenny.

Chorus

Now some take delight in the carriages a rollin’.
Some take delight: some in fishin’, some in bowlin’.
But I take delight in the juice of the barley
And courtin’ pretty women in the mornin’ bright and early!

Chorus (twice)

The Wild Rover

I’ve been a wild rover for many a year
And I’ve spent all me money on whiskey and beer
But now I’m returnin’ with gold in great store
And I never will play the wild rover no more.

Chorus

And it’s No! Nay! Never!
No, nay, never, no more.
I will play the wild rover
No never no more.
I went to an alehouse I used to frequent
And I told the landlady my money’s all spent
I asked her for credit, she answered me “Nay!”
Saying, “Custom like yours I can have any day!”

Chorus

Then out of me pocket I took sovereigns bright
And the landlady’s eyes opened wide with delight.
She said, “I have whiskeys, wines, ales of the best
And the words that I spoke sure were only in jest.”

Chorus

I’ll go home to me parents, confess what I’ve done
And I’ll ask them to pardon their prodigal son.
And if they caress me as oft-times before
Sure I never will play the wild rover no more.

Chorus (twice)