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"
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
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.