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An Cailín Deas Ruadh

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An Cailín Deas Ruadh The Colleen Dhas Rue The Pretty Red Girl With expression. 4 3 3 A bhean-a'-tighe shéimh cuir adéirc amach cun a doill; Beidh mo phaidir chun Dé a-cur séun agus rath air do chloinn: Dá m-beidh mo bhean agum fhéin ni bheith mo léintín dithte air mo dhruím; A's go bh-fuil sí a g-Cill-teun, mo leun, agus leac air a druím. O gentle woman of the house, give alms to the blind man; My prayer to God will be to give prosperity and good luck to your children: If I had my own wife my shirt would not be soiled [as it is] on my back; But alas, she lies in Kiltane with a stone at her head. Of all trades a-going, begging it is my delight: My rent it is paid and I lay down my bags ev'ry night: I'll throw away care and take a long staff in my hand, And I'll flourish each day courageously looking for chance. With my belt round my shoulder and down my bags they do hang; With a push and a jolt it's quickly I'll have them yoked on; With my horn by my side, likewise my skiver and can; With my staff and long pike to fight the dogs as I gang. To patterns and fairs I'll go round for collection along, I'll seem to be lame and quite useless of one of my hands. Like a pilgrim I'll pray each day with my hat in my hand, And at night in the alehouse I'll stand and pay like a man. www.abcnotation.com/tunes

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