DUBLINERS


Lannigan's Ball Lyrics

In the town of Athy one Jeremy Lannigan, Battered away
'til he hadn't a pound
His father he died and made him a man again, Left him a
farm and ten acres of ground
He gave a grand party to friends and relations Who
didn't forget him when come to the wall
And if you but listen I'll make your eyes glisten At
rows and ructions at Lannigan's Ball

Myself to be sure, got free invitation For all the nice
boys and girls that I ask
In less than a minute the friends and relations Were
dancing as merry as bees round a cask
There were lashing of punch and wine for the ladies
Potatoes and cake, bacon and tea
There were the Nolan, Dolans, O'Grady's Courting the
girls and dancing away

They were doing all kinds of nonsensical polkas All
around in a whirligig
Julia and I soon banished their nonsense Out on the
floor for a reel and jig
How the girls all got mad at me Danced till they
thought the ceilings would fall
I spent six months in Brooks Academy Learning to dance
for Lannigan's Ball

Chorus:
Six long months I spent in Dublin, six long months
doing nothing at all
Six long months I spent in Dublin learning to dance for
Lannigan's Ball
She stepped out, I stepped in again, I stepped out and
she stepped in again
She stepped out, I stepped in again to dance for
Lannigan's Ball

The boys were merry the girls all hearty Dancin' around
in couples and groups
An accident happened; Terence McCarthy Put his right
boot through Miss Finnerty's hoops
The creature she fainted and cried, "Milia murder.”
Called for her brothers and gathered they all
Carmody swore he'd go no further Till he got revenge at
Lannigan's Ball

Chorus:
Six long months I spent in Dublin, six long months
doing nothing at all
Six long months I spent in Dublin learning to dance for
Lannigan's Ball
She stepped out, I stepped in again, I stepped out and
she stepped in again
She stepped out, I stepped in again to dance for
Lannigan's Ball

Boys oh boys 'tis then there was ructions I got a kick
from young Phelim McHugh
I soon replied to his fine introduction Kicked him a
terrible hullabaloo
Casey the piper was near gettin' strangled The leapt on
his pipes, bellows, chanter and all
Boys and girls all got entangled And the put an end to
Lannigan's Ball

Chorus:
Six long months I spent in Dublin, six long months
doing nothing at all
Six long months I spent in Dublin learning to dance for
Lannigan's Ball
She stepped out, I stepped in again, I stepped out and
she stepped in again
She stepped out, I stepped in again to dance for
Lannigan's Ball

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Songwriter(s): Luke Kelly, Ciaron Bourke, Ronnie Drew, Barney Mckenna
Publisher(s): Universal Music-careers O.B.O. Heathside Music Ltd.

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