MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
McCarthy
John Connors NFLD 2 Tape 22 Track 2
(St. Shott's ?) Audio:
Ballad

Come all ye young fellows belong to our harbour
Come join in this song as l bring it in rhyme
Concerning McCarthy likewise William Toole
Who lost their Ten Dollars for going to a time

Twas on Patrick's night quite well l remember
They went to the hall to join in the fun
And then they sat down to play a game of cards
They had three drinks of moonshine and two drinks of rum

When the game it was over they went to the dancehall
And then they got out in a merry _________________
McCarthy said come Toole and we will step on her
And up jumps poor Dickie and stuck in his prate

Costello got angry and grabbed John McCarthy
The crowd they all laughed and started to shout
And Toole interfered and got into trouble
And the saying they all had was you can't put him out

His woman jumped up that night in the dance hall
The crowd they all laughed and started to shout
When she grabbed McCarthy to help out poor Dickie
She said they hadn't got the guts to put him out

When the concert was over and everything quietened
McCarthy and Costello reddened up to the ears
If Dickie had to satisfy his dirty temper
He'd have John McCarthy threw over the stairs

About two months after the boys started laughing
When Dickie went around having his bit of sport
Passing the people a small piece of paper and
On it a summons for Ferryland court

Costello hired Kenney to drive down his witness
To drive down his witness these words l will say
When the crowd they all saw that he acted so dirty
They all got together and hired O'Dea

And when they arrived there the court it was started
They pitied poor Dickie for being such a fool
To think that he could beat John McCarthy
And he'd get his mouth broke if he'll challenge Bill too

They all gave their statement and favoured McCarthy
They knew he was right and that Dickie was wrong
And as for the women I'm sure they enjoyed it
But they'll enjoy it more when they hear this old song

It was a hard time according to Costello
The like never happened before in our town
It was the worst racket of Dickie's experience
As for ploughing the ocean and knocking around

I think it is time now to end up those verses
Keep clear of the p'licemen and also the courts
For you know we have something big to our credit
We have the best p'liceman that's in the whole force

And now in conclusion when Dickie is leaving
I hope he'll be happy the rest of his life
And when he gives up the belt and the billy
I hope he will give them to his loving wife


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