McGinty’s Model Lodge, song

Maolíosa Doherty, singing in English
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Lyrics

I suppose you wonder who I am or what has brought me here
Now listen and I’ll tell you if you’ll only lend an ear
I had many’s an occupation and I’ll tell you plump and plain
There’s a pleasant situation has already turned my brain
I’m a kind of overseer in a famous hotel
And the residents of Glasgow boys I’m sure you know it well
It is a model lodging house where working men do stay
And five and six pence every week is the rent that they pay.

Where there’s thinkers tailors millionaires and snobs
Finger smiths and other smiths that go upon the jobs
They’re a funny lot of boarders and they’re up to every dodge
All the fighting men in Glasgow’s in McGinty’s model lodge.

There’s a terror o’er in fifteen room he says he’s a pugilist
If he could catch that little snob his neck he soon would twist
When the little snob he heard those words he stood out upon the floor
And swore he’d put the tailor through the keyhole of the door
I suppose the tailor’s manful blood at length his rage broke loose
And seizing of that little snob did he hold off his goose
But the little snob made at him and he taught him what was what
For he knocked the tailor’s whiskers through the lining of his hat.

For there’s thinkers tailors millionaires and snobs
Finger smiths and other smiths that go upon the jobs
They’re a funny lot of boarders and they’re up to every dodge
All the fighting men in Glasgow’s in McGinty’s model lodge.

Last night we had a party to pass the night awawy
We had some other games a fun until the dawn of day
Some fellow sung The Anchor and was gaining great applause
When another fellow wished to know what weight the anchor was
The fellow meant no harm it was merely just a joke
When a crowd of fellows collared him as just the words he spoke
Ah there is no use of talking boys they gave it to him hot
He received one solid blow and left his eye-brow in a knot.

Sure there’s thinkers tailors millionaires and snobs
Finger smiths and other smiths that go upon the jobs
They’re a funny lot of boarders and they’re up to every dodge
All the fighting men in Glasgow’s in McGinty’s model lodge.