MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Mush Mush
John A. McLellan NFLD 1 Tape 17 Track 7
St. George's Audio:
Comic song Musical notation available

Twas there I had to learn reading and writing
At Billy Brackett's where I went to school
Twas where I learned howling and fighting
With me schoolmaster Mr. O'Toole
Him and I we had many a

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. tread on the tail of me
Mush mush mush tooral-I-addie
Sing mush mush mush tooral-I-aye
There was never a good son in the village
Dared tread on the tail of me coat

Twas there I learned all me courting
The lesson that took in the art
Till Cupid the blaggard while sporting
An arrow drove straight through me heart
Miss Judy O'Connor lived just for to kiss me
And tender lines to her I wrote
If you dare say one hard word against her
I'll tread on the tail of your
Mush mush mush tooral-I-addie
Sing mush mush mush tooral-I-aye
If you dare say one hard word against her
I'll tread on the tail of your coat

A blaggard called Mickey Maloney
Came stole her affections away
For he had money I hadn't any
So I sent him a challenge next day
In the a.m. we met at Killarney
The Shannon we crossed in a boat
I lathered him there with me shelalie
But he trod on the tail of me
Mush mush mush tooral-I-addie
Sing mush mush mush tooral-I-aye
I lathered him there with me shelalie
But he trod on the tail of me coat

Me fame went abroad to the nation
And folks came a-flocking to see
And they cried out without hesitation
"You're a fighting man Billie McGee!"
I cleaned out the Finnegan faction
I've licked all the Murphy's afloat
You're in for a row or eruption
Just tread on the tail of me
Mush mush mush tooral-I-addie
Sing mush mush mush tooral-I-aye
You're in for a row or eruption
Just tread on the tail of me coat


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History:

Text notes: A boasting song. No one dared "tread on the tail of the coat" of this singer.

Tune notes: The tune ressembles Irish comedy/stage style, particularly in the short lines with three accented syllables and in the elision of the stanza and the vocables of the refrain: "I'll tread on the tail of her mush mush mush..."

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