Mush Mush (trad.)

'twas there i learned readin' and writin'
at dick crowley's where i went to school
and 'twas there i learned howlin' and fightin'
from me schoolmaster mister o'toole

him and me we had many a scrimmage
and devil a copy i wrote
there was ne'er a gossoon in the village
dared tread on the tail of me coat

singin' mush mush mush tu-ral-i-a-dy
mush mush mush tu-ral-i-a
there was ne'er a gossoon in the village
dared tread on the tail of me coat

'twas there i learned all of me courtin'
many lessons i took in the art
till cupid, the blackguard, while sportin'
an arrow drove straight through me heart

molly connor, she lived just forninst me
and tender lines to her i wrote
if you dare say one hard word ag'in 'er
i'll tread on the tail of your coat

singin' mush mush mush tu-ral-i-a-dy
mush mush mush tu-ral-i-a
there was ne'er a gossoon in the village
dared tread on the tail of me coat

but a blackguard called mickey maloney
came stole her affections away
for he'd money and i hadn't any
so i sent him the challenge next day

in the everning we met at the woodbine
the shannon we crossed in a boat
and i lathered him with my shillelah
for he tread on the tail of me coat

singin' mush mush mush tu-ral-i-a-dy
mush mush mush tu-ral-i-a
there was ne'er a gossoon in the village
dared tread on the tail of me coat

oh me fame it went all through the nation
folks came a flockin' to see
and they cried out without hesitation
you're a fightin' man, billy magee!'
i've cleaned out the finnigan faction
licked all the murphys afloat
if you're in for a row or a ruction
just tread on the tail of me coat

singin' mush mush mush tu-ral-i-a-dy
mush mush mush tu-ral-i-a
there was ne'er a gossoon in the village
dared tread on the tail of me coat.