In the merry month of June,
from me home I started,
Left the girls of Tuam nearly broken-hearted,
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 black-thorn to banish ghosts and goblins,
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 lal de da!

In Mullingar that night I rested limbs so weary,
Started by daylight next morning light and airy,
Took a drop of the pure
To keep me heart from sinking,
That's the Paddy's cure,
When'er he's on for drinking,
To see the lasses smile, laughing all the while,
At me curious style
would set your heart a bubbling,
They asked if I was hired, the wages I required,
Till I was nearly tired
of the rocky road to Dublin.

[Chorus.]

In Dublin next arrived, I thought it such a pity,
To be so soon deprived a view of that fine city,
Then I took a stroll - all among the quality,
Me bundle it was stole in a neat locality:
Something crossed me mind,
then I looked behind,
No bundle could I find upon me stick a wobblin',
Inquiring for the rogue,
they said me Connaught brogue,
Wasn't much in vogue
on the rocky road to Dublin

[Chorus.]

From there I got away me spirits never failing,
Landed on the quay as the ship was sailing,
Captain at me roared, said that no room had he,
When I jumped aboard, a cabin found for Paddy,
Down among the pigs I played some funny rigs,
Danced some hearty jigs,
the water round me bubblin',
When off to Holyhead I wished meself was dead,
Or better far instead,
the rocky road to Dublin

The boys of Liverpool, when we safely landed,
Called meself a fool, I could no longer stand it,
Blood began to boil, temper I was losin',
Poor old Eierann's isle they began abusin',
"Hurrah me soul" says I, shillelagh I let fly,
Galway boys were by, saw I was a hobble in,
then with a loud hurrah, They joined in the affray,
We quickly cleared the way
for the rocky road to Dublin

[Chorus.]


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    General CommentRocky Road To Dublin...That is the title. This song is a famous, traditional song about an Irishman from Connaught (My homeland) who travels to Dublin to find work. The song makes reference to his making of a Shillelagh and crossing the bogs as he leaves. He travels to Mullingar, where the city women are curious (meant as them thinking of him to be cute, adorable) for his accent and clothes, and general actions. They ask him where hs is going and he describes his journey ahead, eventually leaving, feeling he may have been better off settling down there, but is insistent on finishing his journey. He travels to Dublin, a town notorious for residents who hate everyone else, unless they are also from Dublin. He is robbed, on the streets, and when he turns to face his assailant, to beat his face in, the locals are all glaring at him and taunt him for his accent and tell him they insist outsiders leave. he can;t take them all, so he does...he arrives on the port. There he asks if he can travel by ship, to which he is answered no, so he stows away in amid the pigs in the ship's belly, not knowing where he is headed. He arrives in England, and in Liverpool, where the people are notorious for hating the Irish. He is not about to put up with this and when they taunt his homeland in Tuam, a group of young lads overhears this. They are also from Tuam and join him in battle. He is not outnumbered this time, so they naturally won the fight, because we Irish are far too experienced fighters.
    The-Dullahanon December 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've loved this song for years and years. And this metal version of it certainly does it justice (although I still think the best version is the one The Chieftains did with The Rolling Stones).
    elvin_wizardon February 25, 2009   Link

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