An Honest Irish Labourer


I'm an honest Irish Labourer and I came from the County Clare
Once I had a farm there with nothin' much to spare
But I had to sell me donkey and me famous billy goat
And with the money I received, to Glasgow took the boat

In the mornin', when I landed there, before me hair got dry
I was started at the Micky Dam in a place they call Mull Guy
And the ganger that I started with, they called him John the Mouse
And the very first day that I got there, at me he'd start to grouse

Well, I quickly surprised him and I said, "You little rat,
I'll tie a string around your neck and throw you to the cat!"
For I'm as strong as any lion. I was reared on eggs and ham
I'm a terror to all fightin' men round the Micky Dam

Well, this roused the mouse's temper and at me he made to jump.
He swore he'd paralyze me with the handle of a pump
But I quickly surprised him and I grabbed him by the throat
And I shook that little monkey 'til the tail fell off his coat

For I'm as strong as any lion. I was reared on eggs and ham
I'm a terror to all fightin' men round the Micky Dam

Well, the big hotels we're stopping at, they call them navvies huts
And the fleas and bugs that are in the bed are as big as coconuts
Of a Saturday night, when I get home, I stands behind the door
And as they come out, one by one, I bash them to the floor

For I'm as strong as any lion. I was reared on eggs and ham
I'm a terror to all fightin' men round the Micky Dam