MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
The First Day of April
Cyril O'Brien NFLD 2 Tape 6A Track 3
Trepassey Audio:
Comic Song

LEACH: All right
O'BRIEN (sings):

Oh the first day of April I’ll never forget
Two English blades together they met
Saluted John Garland sure he done the same
And with close conversation together they came
Made up their minds as to walk down the street
Said they'd play a trick on the first one they'd meet

The first was a sailor with courage so high
Came from __________ from a place called ___________
Rode all along ‘til they made a full stop
And asked Paddy in for to have a drop
Paddy consented and said with a smile
I’d long to be drinking your strong ale and wine

Refrain: Right fol de dee fol de dolly
Fol de da laddie ra whack fol de dee

They stayed there a night and the part of next day
Until they had twenty-eight shillings to pay
Four for their horses for oats and for hay
And they left poor old Paddy the reckoning to pay

Refrain: Right fol de dee fol de dolly
Fol de da laddie ra whack fol de dee

Oh now that I’m here and they're all gone away
I’ve money in my pocket the reckoning I’ll pay
But sit down beside me before I will go
I’ll tell you a secret that p'raps you don't know
I’ll tell you a trick that's contrary to law
It's two kind of liquor from one cask I’ll draw

Refrain: Right fol de dee fol de dolly
Fol de da laddie ra whack fol de dee

The landlord was eager to find out the plan
And twas down in the cellar with Paddy he ran
He bore a hole within a short space
And he told the landlord to put his hand on the place
He bore another sayin’ put the other there
While l for a tumbler will run up the stairs

Refrain: Right fol de dee fol de dolly
Fol de da laddie ra whack fol de dee

He ran up the stairs and ran into a room
And there on the table he wrote it in chalk
For four horses for oats and for hay
There's an _________________ after your brave English blades

Refrain: Right fol de dee fol de dolly
Fol de da laddie ra whack fol de dee

Then he mounted his horse and he drove out of sight
The Butler came in to see was all right
He hunted the house from the top to the ground
And half-dead in the cellar his master he found

Refrain: Right fol the dee fol de dolly
Fol de da laddie ra whack fol de dee

Oh I have kept this here for twenty year or more
Such a trick was never played on me before
I thought myself witty as witty could be
But that brave Irish paddy he outwitted me

Refrain: Right fol de dee fol de dolly
Fol de da laddie ra whack fol de dee


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