American Old Time Song Lyrics: 19 Pretty Mary, The Dairymans Daughter

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Pretty Mary, the Dairyman's Daughter

Faix it's I'll sing you a ditty that's funny and witty,
Yet it wakens the pity of every one,
It's in vain ye'll be thryin' to prevint yeersels cryin',
An' yer eyes ye'll be dhryin' whin my song is done.
'Twas in swate Tipperary there stud a nate dairy,
Wid the name iv Ned Carey wrute over the door,
An' sure Ned sould good butter, so it said on the shutter,
And beautiful googeens a shilling a score.

Chorus.
An' he had a fine daughter call'd Mary,
The pride iv her dad an' his dairy,
Och! she was his delight an' the pearl iv his sight,
An' as frisky an' blithe as a fairy.

Poor old Ned loved his daughter, for an angel he thought her,
An' fine clothes he brought her to make her look gay,
An' she was a sweet creature, so full of good nature,
An' as fair in ach falhure as the blossom o' May
She was always intrudhin' and niter a feud in,
So ye'll all be kincludin' she'd iv lovers her share,
There was tradesmin an' doctors an' lawyers and proctors,
Came no ind of miles from the divil knows where.

Chorus.
Just to get a smile from sweet Mary,
The pride iv her dad an' his dairy,
Och! she was his delight and the pearl iv his sight,
An' as frisky and blithe as a fairy.

But so plaze you, sweet Mary lov'd one Paddy Rarey
Who could dance lik a fairy an' twirl his stick;
Tho' his birth was a misthry, could trace his ancistry,
Thro' the pages iv histhry to Amonachnic:
But Mary's ould daddy didn't care for young Paddy,
For no money had he sure a wife to support;
An' a silky ould waver, a well-to-do shaver,
Crept into Ned's favor his daughter to court.

Chorus.
An' was promised the hand iv sweet Mary,
The pride iv her dad an' his dairy,
Och! she was his delight an' the pearl iv his sight,
An' as frisky an' blithe as a fairy.

Mary's lovers got jealous an' oft they did bellus,
Sayin' before they'll expel us we'll all take the sack;
One wint home to his garden, an' (cravin' yer pardon),
He dug up the devil an' shoveled him back.
An' some shouldered arums an' others sung pearms,
An' many tried charums till their houses they burn'd,
Au' the papers related iv "death's contemplated,"
Thro' love it shtated, which wasn't returned.

Chorus.
By the beautiful heart-killin' Man',
The pride iv her dad an' his dairy,
Och! she was his delight, an' the pearl of his sight,
An' as frisky an' blithe as a fairy.

So one day to her father, sez Mary I'd rather
Be single for life, than that life shud be ruled
By a crawlin' ould waver, an' I'll not have the craver
If the hair iv his head hung with diamonds an' gold.
Set her father, daunt raise me, for the divil may saise me,

If ye iver have Pat, I'd as lave see yer dead,
Thin he turn'd like a wild boor, an' bullied his child sure,
'Till she fell on the tiled flure, her senses most tied.

Chorus.
An' yer wouldn't give that for poor Mary,
The pride iv her dad an' his dairy,
Och! she was his delight an' the pearl iv his sight,
An' as frisky an' blithe as a fairy.

But at last she got betthur an' wraut Pat a letthur,
Telling him to forget her an' bid him good-bye!
Thin she gave a great shiver, flue away to the river.
Axed God to forgive her, an' prepared for to die!
Cum away from the water, shouted Ned to his daughter,
An' you shall wed Pat. an' have all yer dad's tin.
But it wasn't so aisy, for the spot bein' grazy.
An' her mind bein' crazy, she slipped and fell in.

Chorus.
An' all down to the bottom went Mary,
In sight of her dad an' his dairy,
Oeh! she was his delight an' the pearl iv his sight,
An' as frisky an' blithe as a fairy.

An' Mary's poor lover did never recover,
An' his antics an' tanthrums 'twas horrid to see,
'Till he tuk off his garther, some forty years afther
An' hoong himself tip to a mulberry tree!
An' sure ould Ned Carey follied Pat an' Mary,
An' they haunted the dairy an' kicked up a great din,
An' such shriekin' an' laughter, from foundation to rafther,
"Was heard for years after till the house it fell in!

Chorus.
An' that was the ind o' poor Mary,
Her Paddy, her dad, an' the dairy,
An' from that same night I've never seen sight,
Iv the home iv the beautiful fairy.
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