"Mrs. McGrath" as written by Ciaran Padraig Maire Bourke, Ronald Joseph Drew, Barney Mckenna, John Edmund Sheahan and Luke Kelly....
With your toor-ri-ya fol la-diddle-da
Toor-ri toor-ri toor-ri-ya

Now, Mrs. McGrath, Dr. Tierney did brag,
Send your son up to college where he can study Ag
He'll get a Volkswagen car and a tenner a week flat
Mrs. McGrath, wouldn't you like that
With me toor-ri-ya fol la-diddle-da
Toor-ri yoor-ri yoor-ri-ya

Now Mrs. McGrath she came from County Clare
And for forty-seven or more years she'd lived there
She was a milkin' cows and a feedin' pigs
To keep ol' Ciaran in his Dublin digs
With me toor-ri-ya fol la-diddle-da
Toor-ri yoor-ri yoor-ri-ya

Then one day, "What a terrible shame."
As she swept out the kitchen now a letter came
It bore bad news which was not expected
Ciaran had failed four times and he was now rejected
With me toor-ri-ya fol la-diddle-da
Toor-ri yoor-ri yoor-ri-ya

So Ciaran then wrote back to daddy, and he said, "Dear Daddy."
"It wasn't the work and it wasn't the strain
And wasn't on your own darling son that lay the blame.
For when I came up Clare I was an innocent lad
But the fellas in the digs they drove me to the bad"
With me toor-ri-ya fol la-diddle-da
Toor-ri yoor-ri yoor-ri-ya

I tried to stay and work at night,
The fellas in the digs took me out on the skite
And when you sent me me fees now what do you think
Sure I spent all the money on the women and the drink
With me toor-ri-ya fol la-diddle-da
Toor-ri yoor-ri yoor-ri-ya

Well the moral of the story is plain and clear
Stay away from the women and keep off the beer
And if you got a son on the farm
Keep the young pup there where he'll be out of harm
With me toor-ri-ya fol la-diddle-da
Toor-ri yoor-ri yoor-ri-ya
With me toor-ri-ya fol la-diddle-da
Toor-ri yoor-ri yoor-ri-ya


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