The naming of the child, song

Jim McGonigle (James Eoghain)
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Lyrics

Oh I’m bothered yes I’m bothered I’m sorely nearly sick
I’m the father of a bouncing boy I’m not happy but I’m vexed
I have ninety-nine relations and they almost drive me wild
For one and all both big and small they want to name this child.

For me wife she wants him Michael sister wants him Matt
Sure me uncle he wants him Curley and me aunt she wants him Pat
Father wants him Séamus mother wants him Paul
But declare to God sure I don’t know what to call this child at all.

Oh just last Sunday evening my brother came from Troy
And he swore by this and swore by that that he would name this boy
Sister’s cousins heard him they said that wouldn’t do
So they all got up upon that floor and they had a glass or two.

For my wife she wants him Michael sister wants him Matt
Sure me uncle he wants him Curley and me aunt she wants him Pat
Father wants him Séamus Mother wants him Paul
But declare to God sure I don’t know what to call this child at all.

But next Sunday it is a christening and I’ll tell yous by the way
They may swear by this or swear by that but I will have my say
I’ll have none of their conniving sure I will have the call
For the child’s name will be Denis or he’ll have no name at all.

For my wife she wants him Michael sister wants him Matt
Sure me Uncle he wants him Curley and me Aunt she wants him Pat
Father wants him Séamus Mother wants him Paul
But the child’s name will be Denis or he’ll have no name at all.