(This score available as
a MIDI file)
Pennywhistle notation and Dulcimer tab for this song is also available
Mrs. McGrath "Oh, Mrs. McGrath," the sergeant said, "Would you like to make a soldier out of your son, Ted? With a scarlet coat, and a big cocked hat, Sure, Mrs. McGrath, wouldn't you like that?" cho: With your too- ri- ay, fol the diddle day, Too- ri- you- ri too- ri- ay. Now Mrs. McGrath lived by the seashore For the space of seven long years or more; Till she say a big ship sail into the bay, "Here's my son, Ted, will ye clear the way!" "Oh, Captain, dear, where have ye been? ; Have you been in the Meditereen? Will ye tell me the news of my son, Ted? Is the poor boy livin', or is he dead?" Ah, well up comes Ted without any legs An in their place he had two wooden pegs, Well, she kissed him a dozen times or two, Saying "Glory to God?, sure it wouldn't be you!" "Oh were ye drunk, or were ye blind That ye left your two fine legs behind? Or was it while walkin' on the sea A big fish ate your legs from the knees away?" "Well, I wasn't drunk and I wasn't blind When I left my two fine legs behind. But a cannon ball, on the fifth of May, Tore my two fine legs from the knees away." "Oh, Teddy, me boy," the old widow cried, "Yer two fine legs were yer mammy's pride, Them stumps of a tree wouldn't do at all, Why didn't ye run from the big cannon ball?" "Well, all foreign wars I do proclaim Between Don John and the King of Spain, And bejasus I'll make them rue the time That they swept the legs from a child of mine." Recorded by Clancys RG
Thanks to Mudcat for the Digital Tradition!