A row, a ruction, a fracas, an affray
A rough and tumble free-for-all
A broil, a brawl, a melee
A ruckus to be reckoned with and now without delay
We're taking the road to the Dodder on down
To march in the last parade

A row, a ruction, a fracas, an affray
A rough and tumble free-for-all
A broil, a brawl, a melee
A ruckus to be reckoned with if anyone wants to dare
We're taking the road to the Dodder on down
For the Donnybrook affair

I will go, I will meet you there
I will spend a week or two with you at Donnybrook Fair
I will go, I will meet you there
But the council's up in arms
They aim to take it away, I swear
The council's up in arms
They aim to take it away, I swear
A license for leisure
Whatever be the pleasure
The council's always up in arms
To try and take it away, hey

Play the harp and play the fiddle
Play the whistle too
Bang the drum and use the lungs
To get the message through
But you fight, you might get tar-and-feathered
So, bow and say a prayer
To the Commission for the Abolition
Of the Donnybrook Fair

A row, a ruction, a fracas, an affray
A rough and tumble free-for-all
A broil, a brawl, a melee
A ruckus to be reckoned with if anyone wants to dare
We're takin' the road to the Dodder on down
For the Donnybrook affair

I will go, I will meet you there
I will spend a week or two with you at Donnybrook Fair
I will go, I will meet you there
But the council's up in arms
They aim to take it away, I swear
The council's up in arms
They aim to take it away, I swear
A license for leisure
Whatever be the pleasure
The council's always up in arms
To try and take it away, hey

A row, a ruction, a fracas, an affray
A rough and tumble free-for-all
A broil, a brawl, a melee
A ruckus to be reckoned with and now, without delay
We're taking the road to the Dodder on down
To march in the last parade

A row, a ruction, a fracas, an affray
A rough and tumble free-for-all
A broil, a brawl, a melee
A ruckus to be reckoned with if anyone wants to dare
We're taking the road to the Dodder on down
For Donnybrook affair

I will go, I will meet you there
I will spend a week or two with you at Donnybrook Fair
I will go, I will meet you there
But the council's up in arms
And they aim to take it away, I swear

I will go, I will meet you there
I will spend a week or two with you at Donnybrook Fair
I will go, I will meet you there
But the council's up in arms
They aim to take it away, I swear
The council's up in arms
They aim to take it away, I swear
The council's always up in arms
To try and take it away, hey


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    Song MeaningIt's about the fair that was held in Donnybrook, Dublin, from the 13th through 19th centuries. The so-called fair was actually more of a riot - people fought mercilessly, hence the chorus of song. The government of Ireland tried relentlessly over the years to shut the fair down ("A license for leisure/whatever be the pleasure/the Council's always up in arms/to try and take it away"), however the license was never revoked until the late 1800s when it's licensee passed away. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    scotto12on June 12, 2013   Link

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