Trad. Arr. Merry Ploughboys
Well, here I am from Paddy's land,
a land of high renown
I broke the hearts of all the girls
for miles of Keady town
And when they hear that I'm away
they raise a hullabaloo
When they hear about that handsome lad
they call O'Donoghue!
For I'm the boy to please her,
and I'm the boy to tease her
I'm the boy to squeeze her
and I'll tell you what I'll do
I'll court her like an Irishman
me brogue and blarney too is the plan
me rollickin' swollickin'
gollickin' wollicken bold O'Donoghue!
Well I wish me love was a red red rose
growing on yon garden wall
and me to be a dewdrop
and upon her brow I'd fall!
Perhaps now she might think of me
as a rather heavy dew
No more she'd love that handsome lad
the Bold O'Donoghue!
They say that Queen Victoria
has a daughter nice and grand
Perhaps she'd take it into her head
to marry an Irishman
And if I could only get the chance
to have a word or two
Perhaps she'd take a notion
in the bold O'Donoghue!