Daniel O'Connell's Steam Engine

Oh people of heart I pray pay attention 
Listen to what I'm about to relate 
Concerning a couple I overheard talking 
As I was returning late home from a wake 
As I rode along sure I saw an old woman 
Who sat in a gap, she was milking her cow 
She was jigging that tune called: 
"Make haste to the wedding" 
Or some other ditty I can't tell you now 

Ah, the next came along; it was a bold tinker 
Who happened by change to be passing that way 
The day being fine they sat down together 
What news of that man, the old woman did say 
There's no news at all mam, replied the bold tinker 
But the people all wish that he never had been 
He's a damned of a rogue of a Daniel O'Connell 
And he's now making babies in Dublin by steam 

Ah, the children are ruined replied the old woman 
Or has the quare fellow gone crazy at last 
Or is it the sign of a war or rebellion 
Or what is the reason he wants them so fast 
It's not that at all mam replied the bold tinker 
The children of Ireland are getting too small 
It's O'Connell's petition to the new Lord Lieutenant 
That he won't let us make them the old way at all 

By this pipe in me mouth, replied the old woman 
And that's a strong oath on me soul for to say 
But I am an old woman and if I was near him 
I bet you me life that he'd rue the day 
For the people of Ireland they're very well known 
They gave them their earnings when needing them bad 
And now that he is recompensing them for it 
By taking the only diversion they have 

I light to your coach mam replied the bold tinker 
Long may you live now with youth on your side 
If all the young girls in Ireland were like you 
O'Connell could throw his steam-engine aside 
If I had the young men of Ireland around me 
And girls making babies as fast as they can 
And whenever Her Majesty wanted an army 
We'd be able to send her as many as Dan'

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