From the album Ballads Rule OK

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Lyrics

In the merry month of May, from me home I started
Left the girls of Tuam nearly brokenhearted
Saluted father dear, kissed me darlin’ mother
Drank a pint of beer, my grief and tears to smother
Then off to reap the corn and leave where I was born
Cut a stout blackthorn to banish ghosts and goblin’s
A brand new pair of brogues I rattled o’er the bogs
Frightened all the dogs on the rocky road to Dublin
Chorus
One, two, three, four, five
Hunt the hare and turn her down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin, whack-fol-la-de-da
In Mullingar that night, I rested, limbs so weary
Started by daylight, next mornin’ bright and airy
Took a drop of the pure to keep me heart from sinking
That’s the paddy’s cure whenever he’s on for drinkin’
To see the lassies smile laughing all the while
At me curious style, ‘twould set your heart a-bubblin’
Asked if was I hired, wages I required
‘Till I was almost tired of the rocky road to Dublin
In Dublin next arrived, I thought it such a pity
To be so soon deprived a view of that fine city
When then I took a stroll all among the quality
Bundle it was stole all in a neat locality
Something crossed my mind when I looked behind
No bundle could I find upon my stick a wobblin’
Enquiring for the rogue, they said me Connaught brogue
Wasn’t much in vogue on the rocky road to Dublin
From there I got away, me spirits never failin’
I landed on the quay, just as the ship was sailin’
The Captain at me roared, said there’s no room Paddy
When I jumped aboard a cabin found for Paddy
Well down among the pigs, they played some funny rigs
Danced some hearty jigs, oh the water ‘round me bubblin’
When off at Holyhead, I wished myself was dead
Or better far instead on the rocky road to Dublin
The boys of Liverpool, when we safely landed
I called myself a fool, I could no longer stand it
My blood began to boil, temper I was losin’
Poor Old Erin’s Isle they began abusin’
Hooray me soul, says I, me Shillelagh I let fly
Some Galway boys were nigh they saw I was a hobblin’
With a loud hurray, they joined in the affray
And we quickly cleared the way for the rocky road to Dublin