The Rattling Boy from Dublin

I’M a rattling boy from Dublin town,
I courted a girl called Biddy Brown,
Her eyes they were as black as sloes,
She had black hair and an aquiline nose.

Chorus
Whack fal de da, fal de darelido,
Whack fal de da, fal de darelay,
Whack fal de da, fal de darelido,
Whack fal de da, fal de darelay.

One night I met her with another lad,
Says I, Biddy, I’ve caught you, by dad,
I never thought you were half so bad
As to be going about with another lad.

Chorus

Says I, Biddy, this will never do,
For to-night you’ve prov’d to me untrue,
So do not make a hullaballoo,
For I will bid farewell to you.

Chorus

Says Barney Magee, She is my lass,
And the man that says no, he is an ass,
So come away, and I’ll give you a glass,
Och, sure you can get another lass.

Chorus

Says I, To the devil with your glass,
You have taken from me my darling lass,
And if you look angry, or offer to frown,
With my darling shillelah I’ll knock you down.

Chorus

Says Barney Magee unto me,
By the hokey I love Biddy Brown,
And before I’ll give her up to thee,
One or both of us will go down.

Chorus

So, with my darling shillelah, I gave him a whack,
Which left him lying on his back,
Saying, botheration to you and Biddy Brown,–
For I’m the rattling boy from Dublin town.

Chorus

So a policeman chanced to come up at the time,
And he asked of me the cause of the shine,
Says I, he threatened to knock me down
When I challenged him for walking with my Biddy Brown.

Chorus

So the policeman took Barney Magee to jail,
Which made him shout and bewail
That ever he met with Biddy Brown,
The greatest deceiver in Dublin town.

Chorus

So I bade farewell to Biddy Brown,
The greatest jilter in Dublin town,
Because she proved untrue to me,
And was going about with Barney Magee.

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Comments (31) »

  1. TayBridge4lyfe
    In the year 2014, on the 3rd day of December at 12:03 am

    Brilliant!

  2. Anji
    In the year 2015, on the 2nd day of August at 1:45 pm

    This is an awful poem
    Whack fal de da
    Even by this poet’s standards
    Fal de darelay
    And the man that says no, he is an ass
    Fal de darelay
    Mr McG, I never thought you were half so bad
    Whack fal de da

  3. Thomas P. Oiseau
    In the year 2016, on the 27th day of December at 2:42 pm

    Needs to be set to music! The chorus “sings itself,” but the verses are irregular enough both internally and with respect to each other that their melody (really “melodies”) will require some effort and will each require a slightly, perhaps substantially, different melody. A simple I-IV-I-V, I-IV-(I-V)-I would simply be enough to build the verses around.

  4. Thomas P. Oiseau
    In the year 2016, on the 27th day of December at 2:43 pm

    * “would probably be enough”

  5. Thomas P. Oiseau
    In the year 2016, on the 27th day of December at 2:48 pm

    McGonagall was the son of a weaver. Might this song reflect the influence of traditional weaving songs such as “The Weaver” https://weavolution.com/forum/chat/weaving-songs-21124#comment-64165, with similar patters reflected in songs from other nations such as the Dutch at https://weavolution.com/forum/chat/weaving-songs-21124#comment-64282?

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