Her eyes they shone like the diamonds
You'd think she was queen of the land
And her hair hung over her shoulder
Tied up with a black velvet band.
In a neat little town they call Belfast
Apprenticed to trade I was bound
And many an hour's sweet happiness
I spent in that neat little town.
Till bad misfortune came o'er me
That caused me to stray from the land
Far away from my friends and relations
To follow the black velvet band.

Well, I was out strolling one evening
Not meaning to go very far
When I met with a pretty young damsel
Who was selling her trade in the bar.
When I watched, she took from a customer
And slipped it right into my hand
Then the Watch came and put me in prison
Bad luck to the black velvet band.

Next morning before judge and jury
For a trial I had to appear
And the judge, he said, "You young fellows...
The case against you is quite clear
And seven long years is your sentence
You're going to Van Dieman's Land
Far away from your friends and relations
To follow the black velvet band."

So come all you jolly young fellows
I'd have you take warning by me
Whenever you're out on the liquor, me lads,
Beware of the pretty colleen.
She'll fill you with whiskey and porter
Until you're not able to stand
And the very next thing that you'll know, me lads,
You're landed in Van Dieman's Land.


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    General CommentThis song IS NOT called 'finnegans wake". This song is called 'Black velvet band".

    The song "finnegans wake" goes like this:

    Tim Finnegan lived in Walkin Street, a gentle Irishman mighty odd
    He had a brogue both rich and sweet, an' to rise in the world he carried a hod
    You see he'd a sort of a tipplers way but the love for the liquor poor Tim was born
    To help him on his way each day, he'd a drop of the craythur every morn

    Whack fol the dah now dance to yer partner around the flure yer trotters shake
    Wasn't it the truth I told you? Lots of fun at Finnegan's Wake

    One morning Tim got rather full, his head felt heavy which made him shake
    Fell from a ladder and he broke his skull, and they carried him home his corpse to wake
    Rolled him up in a nice clean sheet, and laid him out upon the bed
    A bottle of whiskey at his feet and a barrel of porter at his head

    Whack fol the dah now dance to yer partner around the flure yer trotters shake
    Wasn't it the truth I told you? Lots of fun at Finnegan's Wake

    His friends assembled at the wake, and Mrs Finnegan called for lunch
    First she brought in tay and cake, then pipes, tobacco and whiskey punch
    Biddy O'Brien began to cry, "Such a nice clean corpse, did you ever see,
    Tim avourneen, why did you die?", "Will ye hould your gob?" said Paddy McGee

    Whack fol the dah now dance to yer partner around the flure yer trotters shake
    Wasn't it the truth I told you? Lots of fun at Finnegan's Wake

    Then Maggie O'Connor took up the job, "Biddy" says she "you're wrong, I'm sure"
    Biddy gave her a belt in the gob and left her sprawling on the floor
    Then the war did soon engage, t'was woman to woman and man to man
    Shillelagh law was all the rage and a row and a ruction soon began

    Whack fol the dah now dance to yer partner around the flure yer trotters shake
    Wasn't it the truth I told you? Lots of fun at Finnegan's Wake

    Mickey Maloney ducked his head when a bucket of whiskey flew at him
    It missed, and falling on the bed, the liquor scattered over Tim
    Bedad he revives, see how he rises, Timothy rising from the bed
    Saying "Whittle your whiskey around like blazes, t'underin' Jaysus, do ye think I'm dead?"

    Whack fol the dah now dance to yer partner around the flure yer trotters shake
    Wasn't it the truth I told you? Lots of fun at Finnegan's Wake

    Whack fol the dah now dance to yer partner around the flure yer trotters shake
    Wasn't it the truth I told you? Lots of fun at Finnegan's Wake
    Chemrmnce123on March 29, 2007   Link

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