Bold O'donoghue

Tommy Makem

Well here I am from Paddy's land, a land of high renown

I've broke the hearts of all the girls from miles 'round Keady town

And when they hear that I'm awa', they'll raise a hullabaloo

When they hear about that handsome lad that they call O'Donahue


For I'm the boy to please her and I'm the boy to tease her

I'm the boy can squeeze her ach', and I'll tell you what I'll do

I'll court her like an Irishman and the brogue and blarney too is my plan

With my rolligan, swalligan, holligan, wolligan ,bold O'Donahue

Now, I wish my love was a red, red rose, growing on yon garden wall

And me to be the dew drop and upon her brow I'd fall

Perhaps now she might think on me as a rather heavy dew

And no more she'd love that handsome lad that they call O'Donague


Now, I hear that Queen Victoria has a daughter fine and grand

Perhaps she'd take it into her head for to marry an Irishman

And if I could only get the chance to have a word or two

I'm sure she'd take a notion in the bold O'Donahue