Sherlock Holmes

The Rocky Road to Dublin

In the merry month of May from me home I started, left the girls of Tuam nearly broken hearted, saluted father dear, kissed me darlin' mother, drank a pint of beer me grief and tears to smother. Then off to reap the corn, leave where I was born, cut a stout black-thorn to banish ghosts and goblins, bought a pair of brogues rattling o'er the bogs and fright'ning all the dogs on the rocky road to Dublin!

(Chorus): One two three four five, hunt the hare and turn her down the rocky road and all the ways to Dublin, whack fol la de dah!

In Mullingar that night I rested limbs so weary, started by daylight next morning light and airy, took a drop o' the pure to keep me heart from sinking. That's a Paddy's cure whenever he's on drinking, they hear the lassies smile, laughing all the while at me darlin' style, 'twould set your heart a-bubblin', asked me was I hired, wages I required, till I was almost tired of the rocky road to Dublin...

In Dublin next arrived I thought it's such a pity to be so soon deprived a view of that fine city. So then I took a stroll all among the quality, me bundle it was stole all in a neat locality. Something crossed me mind when I looked behind, no bundle could I find upon me stick a-wobblin'. Enquirin' of the rogue they said me Connaught brogue wasn't much in vogue on the rocky road to Dublin...

From there I got away, me spirits never failing, lan-ded on the quay just as the ship was sailing. The captain at me roared, said that no room had he. When I jumped aboard, a cabin found for Paddy. Down among the pigs played some funny rigs, danced some hearty jigs, the water round me bubb-lin'. When off Holyhead wished meself was dead, or better far instead on the rocky road to Dublin...

The boys of Liverpool, when we safely landed, called meself a fool, I could no longer stand it. Blood began to boil, temper I was losing, poor old Erin's Isle they began abusing. "Hurrah me soul!", says I, shillelagh I let fly. Some Galway boys were nigh and saw I was a-hobblin', with a loud "hur-ray!" joined in the affray. We quickly cleared the way for the rocky road to Dublin...

FolkWorld Issue 42 07/2010; Article by Seán Laffey


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The Rocky Road to Dublin - Sherlock Holmes

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Robert Downey Jr starring as Sherlock Holmes Luke Kelly


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Photo Credits: (1) Sherlock Holmes (by Wikipedia); (2) Robert Downey Jr starring in Sherlock Holmes [2009] (unknown); (3) Luke Kelly (unknown).


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