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Lanigan's Ball
Traditional Irish Songs

In the town of Athy one Jeremy Lanigan
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 it comes to the will
And if you'll but listen I'll make your eyes glisten
Of the rows and the ructions of Lanigan's Ball

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 Lanigan's Ball

Myself to be sure got free invitation
For all the nice girls and boys I might ask
And just in a minute both friends and relations
Were dancing 'round merry as bees 'round a cask
Judy O'Daly, that nice little milliner
She tipped me a wink for to give her a call
And I soon arrived with Peggy McGilligan
Just in time for Lanigan's Ball


There were lashings of punch and wine for the ladies
Potatoes and cakes; there was bacon and tea
There were the Nolans, Dolans, O'Gradys
Courting the girls and dancing away
Songs they went 'round as plenty as water
"The harp that once sounded in Tara's old hall,"
"Sweet Nelly Gray" and "The Rat Catcher's Daughter,"
All singing together at Lanigan's Ball


They were doing all kinds of nonsensical polkas
All 'round the room in a whirligig
Julia and I, we banished their nonsense
And tipped them the twist of a reel and a jig
'Och mavrone, how the girls got all mad at me
Danced 'til you'd think the ceiling would fall
For I spent three weeks at Brooks' Academy
Learning new steps for Lanigan's Ball

She stepped out and I stepped in again
I stepped out and she stepped in again
She stepped out and I stepped in again
Learning new steps for Lanigan's Ball

Boys were all merry and the girls they were hearty
And danced all around in couples and groups
'Til an accident happened, young Terrance McCarthy
Put his right leg through miss Finnerty's hoops
Poor creature fainted and cried, "Meelia murther"
Called for her brothers and gathered them all
Carmody swore that he'd go no further
'Til he had satisfaction at Lanigan's Ball

In the midst of the row miss Kerrigan fainted
Her cheeks at the same time as red as a rose
Some of the lads declared she was painted
She took a small drop too much, I suppose
Her sweetheart, Ned Morgan, so powerful and able
When he saw his fair colleen stretched out by the wall
Tore the left leg from under the table
And smashed all the Chaneys at Lanigan's Ball

Boys, oh boys, 'twas then there were runctions
Myself got a lick from big Phelim McHugh
I soon replied to his introduction
And kicked up a terrible hullabaloo
Old Casey, the piper, was near being strangled
They squeezed up his pipes, bellows, chanters and all
The girls, in their ribbons, they got all entangled
And that put an end to Lanigan's Ball

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