MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
I've Been To Donovan's
Morris Houlihan NFLD 1 5A Tape Track 5
Pouch Cove Audio:
Comic song

I've just been out to Donovan's until the break of day
Years ago he married charming Kitty Maine
He took to Kit a family, a kettle .
The boy is like his mother and the girl is like the old man

CHORUS: So we drank a health to Donovan we sung hip hip hurray
There was always full and plenty down to Donovan's every day
To show their Irish nature and their hospitality
The week we celebrated Donovan's jubilee

There's little Dan McLaughlin that came from Donegal
Handsome Joseph Callahan stately slim and tall
The bouncer it was Cafferty the pride of Baron's Row
And Mr. Michael Gallagher the boy that used the bow

CHORUS: So we drank a health to Donovan we sung hip hip hurray
There was always full and plenty down to Donovan's every day
To show their Irish nature and their hospitality
The week we celebrated Donovan's jubilee

Ah sure there must have been a thousand there from near and foreign parts
Some of them came in jaunting cars more in horse and cart
Handsome Larry Donnelly the pride of . as well
And the wonderful little piper that was always raising hell

CHORUS: So we drank a health to Donovan we sung hip hip hurray
There was always full and plenty down to Donovan's every day
To show their Irish nature and their hospitality
The week we celebrated Donovan's jubilee

We started out the Monday being the anniversary
Tuesday with the ladies we passed the time away
Wednesday and Thursday we were partly on the bum
Friday Saturday and Sunday and be jeepers we had fun

CHORUS: So we drank a health to Donovan we sung hip hip hurray
There was some of it made from potatoes there was more of it made from hay
And I had mine in the sugar bowl and Donovan thought it was tea
And Helluva dear he was nearly dead on Donovan's wedding day


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Text notes: Singer describes a party to celebrate Donovan's anniversary.

Tune notes: A 6/8 melody in a major key with the implied harmony of I and flat-VII that is characteristic of many fiddle tunes.

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