Pat Reilly

Melody -

1. It bein' on a Monday morning,
It bein' our pay day
We met Sergeant Jenkins
At our goin' away
He says to Pat Reilly
"You are a handsome young man
Will you come to John Kelly's
Where we will set a dram."

2. And while we sat there
Boozin' and drinkin' our dram
He says to Pat Reilly
"You are a handsome young man
I'd have you take the bounty
And come along with me
To the sweet County Longford,
Strange faces there you'll see."

3. "Oh no kind sir,
a soldier's life with me would not agree
Nor neither would I bind myself
Down from my liberty
For I lived as happy as a prince,
My mind does tell me so
So fare thee well, I'm just goin' down,
my shatter for to throw.

4. "Oh are you in a hurry,
are you goin' away?
Or won't you stop and listen
To these words I'm goin' to say
Perhaps now Pat Reilly,
You might do something worse
Than to leave your native country
And enlist in the Black Horse."
  5. Oh it's I took the bounty,
The reckoning was paid
The ribbons were brought out,
Me boys, and into my cockade
It's early the next morning
We all were made to stand
Before our grand general
With hats all in our hands.

6. He says to Pat Reilly
"You are a little too low
With some other regiment
I fear you have to go"
"I may go where I will,
I have no-one to mourn
For my mother is dead, me boys,
And never will return."

7. It's not in the morning
That I sing this song
But it's in the cold evening
As I march alone
With me gun o'er my shoulder
I bitterly do weep
When I think of my true love
That now lies fast asleep.

8. My blessing on my mother
That reared me neat and clean
But bad luck to my father
That made me serve the queen
Oh had he been an honest man
And learned to me my trade
I would never have enlisted
Nor worn the cockade.

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