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Mush Mush Oh, 'twas there I learned readin' and writin', At Bill Brackett's where I went to school, And 'twas there I learned howlin' and fightin' With me schoolmaster, Mister O'Toole. Him and me we had many a scrimmage, An' divil a copy I wrote; There was ne'er a gossoon in the village Dared tread on the tail o' me... cho: Mush, mush, mush toor-i-li-ady Mush, mush, mush toor-i-li-ay There was ne'er a gossoon in the village Dared tread on the tail o' me coat. Oh, 'twas there that I learned all me courtin' O the lessons I took in the art! Till Cupid, the blackguard, while sportin' An arrow drove straight through my heart. Miss Judy, she lived just forinst me, And tender lines to her I wrote, If ye dare say one hard word agin her I'll tread on the tail o' yer... But a blackguard called Mickey Maloney, Came an' stole her affections away For he'd money and I hadn't any, So I sent him a challenge next day. In the evenin' we met at the Woodbine The Shannon we crossed in a boat, An' I lathered him with me shillelagh For he trod on the tail o' me... Oh, me fame went abroad through the nation, An' folks came a-flockin' to see An' they cried out, without hesitation "You're a fightin' man, Billy McGhee!" Oh, I've cleaned out the Finnegan faction An' I've licked all the Murphys afloat, If you're in for a row or a ruction, Just tread on the tail o' me... Recorded by Patric Galvin, Clancys (I think), featured in film "The Quiet Man" RG
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