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Irish Molly O

Molly dear now did you hear the news that's going round?

Down in a corner of my heart a love is what you've found

Every time I look into your Irish eyes so blue

They seem to whisper "Darling boy, my love is all for you"

Chorus

Oh, Molly, my Irish Molly, my sweet achusla dear

I'm fairly off my trolley, my Irish Molly when you are near

Springtime you know is ringtime, come dear now don't be slow

Change your name, go out with game,

begorrah wouldn't I do the same my Irish Molly O

 

Molly dear now did you hear I furnished up the flat

Three little cosy rooms with bath and "welcome" on the mat

It's five pounds down and two a week, we'll soon be out of debt

It's all complete except they haven't brought the cradle yet

Chorus

Molly dear and did you hear what all the neighbours say

About the hundred sovereigns you have safely stowed away

They say that's why I love you, Ah but Molly that's a shame

If you had only ninety-nine, I'd love you just the same.....

 

 

This was a great favourite of my grandfather’s so when DeDannan released a version of it we gave it to him for his 90th birthday. It’s not a traditional song but an American tinpan alley stage-Irish song. My Irish Molly-O was written by William Jerome and Jean Schwartz, two vaudeville and Broadway songwriters who were also known for many other hits including Chinatown, My Chinatown which became a standard for jazz and western-swing artists.

The vroom vroom minor chord at the beginning was often used in American Irish and Scots films as imitating the bagpipes, often leading into a cliché tune such as The irish Washerwoman or The Cambells are Coming or suchlike. The song was first made famous by the Flannagan Brothers in New York.