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Finnegans Wake
Traditional arr. Merry Ploughboys
From our third CD "MP3"

Finnegans Wake carrys the same name as the literary work by James Joyce. Tthis song inspired Joyce with its symbols of life, death and resurrection.

Tim Finnegan lived in Walkin Street,
A gentle Irish man mighty odd
He had a brogue both rich and sweet,
An' to rise in the world he carried a hod
Now you see he'd a sort of a tipplers way
with a love of the liquor poor Tim was born
And to help him on his way each day,
he'd a drop of the craythur every morn

Whack fol the dah do now dance with your partner
round the floor your trotters shake
Isn't it the truth I tell you,
lots of fun at Finnegan's Wake

One morning Tim felt rather full,
his head felt heavy which made him shake
He fell off his ladder and he broke his skull,
so they carried him home his corpse to wake
They wrapped him up in a nice clean sheet,
and laid him out there upon the bed
with a bottle of whiskey at his feet
and a barrel of porter at his head


They all assembled at the wake,
and missus Widow Finnegan called for lunch
First she laid out tea and cake,
then pipes and tobacco and whiskey punch
Then Biddy Maloney began to cry,
"Such a lovely corpse, did you ever see,
Arah Tim mo chrio why did you die?",
"Shut up out of that ?" said Biddy McGee


Then Jenny O'Hara ook up the job,
"Arah Biddy" says she "you're wrong, I'm sure"
Biddy gave her a clatter upon the gob
and sent her sprawling on the floor
Twas then the war did soon engage,
it was woman to woman and man to man
Shillelagh law did all engage
and a row and a ruction soon began


Then Mickey Maloney raised up his head
when a naggin of whiskey flew at him
It missed, and landed upon the bed,
the whiskey splattered over poor oul Tim
Be dad he revives now see him rise
Tim Finnegans rising up in the bed
Cryin throwing whiskey around me place
T'underin' Jaysus, do ye think I'm dead?"


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