Tim Finnegan lived in Watling Street, A gentle Irishman - Mighty Odd - He'd a beautiful brogue So rich and sweet, to rise in the world He carried a hod, You see He'd sort of a Trippling way: with love for a liquor Poor Tim was born, to help him on with His work each day, He'd a drop of the Craythor every morn'

One morning Tim was rather full, his head felt Heavy, which made him shake, fell from the Ladder and broke his skull, so they carried Him home, his corpse to wake, rolled Him up in a nice clean sheet, and laided Him upon the bed, A bottle of Whiskey At his feet, and a gallon of Porter At his head

chorus: And whack Fol-De-Dah now dance to your Partner, welt the floor, your trotters shake Wasn't it the truth I told Ye Lots of fun at Finnegan's Wake

His friends assembled at his wake And Missus Finnegan called for lunch First they brought in tea and cake Then pipes, tobacco and Whiskey Punch Biddy OBrien begged to cry, such a Nice clean corpse did you see Arrah hold your gob see Paddy Magee

chorus:

Then O Connor took up the job "Arrah!" Biddy says she Ye're wrong I'm Sure, Biddy then gave her a belt on The gob and left her sprawling on the Floor, there the war did soon engage Woman to Woman and Man to Man Shillelah-law was all the rage, an A Row and a Ruction soon began Mickey Maloney raised his head when a bottle Of Whiskey flew at him, it missed him falling on The Bed, the liquor scattered over Tim, Tim Revives, see how he rises, Timothy rising from the bed Whirl your Whisky around like blazes Tonamondeal, do ye think I'm dead



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    General Comment:This is a traditional Irish drinking song. Dropkick does a very good version of this. They also do a good version of wild rover, another traditional irish song.
    myownprison333on July 07, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:This is a good cover of the drinking song. It's about the wake of an Irishman who died, and at the wake they start drinking, and a brawl breaks out, and when Tim Finnegan is hit with a bottle of whiskey, he joins in the fray.
    Madcappunkon September 22, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:this, like many Dropkick songs, is a version of an old Celtic song. Rocky Road to Dublin, The Wild Rover, The Fighting 69th, Amazing Grace, Cadence to Arms and Skinhead on the MBTA are all traditional songs redone by Dropkick.
    ramtharon March 05, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:Skinhead isn't a Celtic song, it's an adaptation of "Charlie on the MTA" by Kingston Trio.
    MadWorldon June 03, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:And technically cadence to arms is their own creation that goes into Scotland the Brave.
    Dropkick_Roveron May 05, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:i think i just have a couple corrections for the lyrics, nothing big

    "Hed a drop of the catheter every morn' "

    kinda gross that hes drink in from a tube that goes up your......yeah

    "His work every day"

    anyways, not trying to be annoying, all i know is that this song was an instant classic when i heard it.

    ROCK ON
    Rockwillneverdieon February 08, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:i think i just have a couple corrections for the lyrics, nothing big

    "Hed a drop of the catheter every morn' "

    kinda gross that hes drink in from a tube that goes up your......yeah

    "His work every day"

    anyways, not trying to be annoying, all i know is that this song was an instant classic when i heard it.

    ROCK ON
    Rockwillneverdieon February 08, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:I think you're wrong. Catheter there makes no sense - Catheters weren't quite common back when this was originally written, and nobody would drink it. However, a name of a liquor is something Finnegan would've had a drink of.

    Beyond that, try slipping "His work Every day" into that slot. Hmm? Doesn't fit? Didja skip and stutter trying to nip it in there? That gives it an extra syllable. Hence, each is correct and every is not.
    Thanasimoson February 07, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:Oi you kids, these are the actual lyrics, so there shall be no more disputing

    Tim Finnegan lived in Walkin Street
    A gentle Irishman, mighty odd
    He'd a beautiful brogue so rich and sweet
    And to rise in the world he carried a hod.
    ya see he'd a sort of the tipplin' way
    With a love for the liquor poor Tim was born
    And to help him on with his work each day
    He'd a drop of the Craythur every morn.

    Whack fol the dah O, dance to your partner
    Welt the floor, your trotters shake;
    Wasn't it the truth I told you
    Lots of fun at Finnegan's wake!

    One mornin' Tim was rather full
    His head felt heavy which made him shake;
    He fell from the ladder and broke his skull
    And they carried him home his corpse to wake.
    They rolled him up in a nice clean sheet
    And laid him out upon the bed,
    A gallon of whiskey at his feet
    And a barrel of porter at his head.

    His friends assembled at the wake
    And Mrs. Finnegan called for lunch,
    First she brought in tay and a cake
    Then pipes, tobacca' and whiskey punch.
    Biddy O'Brien began to cry
    "Such a nice clean corpse, did you ever see?
    "O Tim, mavourneen2, why did you die?"
    "Arragh, hold your gob" cried Paddy McGhee!

    Chorus

    Then Maggie O'Connor took up the job
    "O Biddy," says she, "You're wrong, I'm sure"
    Biddy she gave her a belt in the gob
    And left her sprawlin' on the floor.
    And then the war did soon engage
    'Twas woman to woman and man to man,
    Shillelagh law was all the rage
    And a row and a ruction soon began.

    Then Mickey Maloney raised his head
    When a noggin of whiskey flew at him,
    It missed, and falling on the bed
    The liquor scattered over Tim!
    Tim revives! See how he rises!
    Timothy rising from the bed,
    Says, "Whirl your whiskey around like blazes"
    "Thanum an Dhul 3, do you thunk I'm dead?"

    Craythur is an old Gaelic term for Whiskey.
    punkforjesuson March 23, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:Finnegan = Finish + Begin Again the story is about a wake which in this case means a celebration of a death AND/OR to awaken from sleep/(death) as Tim does as the end
    JeffKaos71on July 17, 2009   Link

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