Courtin' in the Kitchen (trad.)

come single belle and beau, unto me pay attention
don't ever fall in love, it's the devil's own invention
for once I fell in love with a maiden so bewitchin'
miss henrietta bell out in captain kelly's kitchen

with me toora loora la, me toora loora laddie
me toora loora la, toora loora laddie

at the age of seventeen i was 'prenticed to a grocer
not far from stephen's green where miss henri' used to go sir her manners were sublime, she set me heart a-twitchin' when she invited me to a hooley in the kitchen

with me toora loora la, me toora loora laddie
me toora loora la, toora loora laddie

next sunday bein' the day that we were to have the flare-up
i dressed meself quite gay and i frizzed and oiled me hair up the captain had no wife and he had gone a-fishin' and we kicked up high life down below stairs in the kitchen

with me toora loora la, me toora loora laddie
me toora loora la, toora loora laddie

with her arm around me waist, she slyly hinted marriage
to the door in dreadful haste came captain kelly's carriage
her eyes soon filled with hate and poison she was spittin'
when the captain broke the door and walked right into the kitchen

with me toora loora la, me toora loora laddie
me toora loora la, toora loora laddie

when the captain came downstairs, though he spied my situation in spite of all me prayers i was marched off to the station for me they had no bail, but to get home i was itchin' so i had to tell the tale, how i came into the kitchen

with me toora loora la, me toora loora laddie
me toora loora la, toora loora laddie

i said she did invite me, but she gave a flat denial
for assault she did indict me, and i was sent for trial
she swore i robbed the house in spite of all her schreechin' and i got six months hard for me courtin' in the kitchen

with me toora loora la, me toora loora laddie
me toora loora la, toora loora laddie.