One thing or the other, song

Denis McDaid, singing in English
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Lyrics

At the age of twenty one I being in the prime of life
My mammy says unto me I should go out and get a wife
For to get a wife I knew nothing about the bother
At the same time I was itching for the one thing or the other
And it’s whack a rowdy dow now fal all the daddy
And it’s whack a rowdy dow now fal all the day.

And it’s when I got her I did nae know what to say
I threw my arms around her all in a gentle way
Says she you like my sister no says I you like my brother
At the same time I was itching for the one thing or the other
With my whack a rowdy dow now fal all the daddy
And it’s whack a rowdy dow now fal all the day.

Oh some people say they think it is very queer
Other people say I’m going to have an heir
A boy cried the one it’s a girl cried the other
I’ll be very well contented with the one thing or the other
With my whack a rowdy dow now fal all the daddy
And it’s whack a rowdy dow now fal all the day.

It was on a Monday morning just as my story’s run
It was on a Monday morning my wife she brought me twins
You know that Monday morning my joy I could not smother
I went shouting out about the town ‘It’s the one thing and the other
With my whack a rowdy dow now fal all the daddy
And it’s whack a rowdy dow now fal all the day.

Well now my story’s ended I mean but little bad
And as it isn’t any harm I hope you won’t be sad
And if you give more applause I’ll surely sing another
At the same thing I’ll be there whether it’s the one thing or the other
With my whack a rowdy dow now fal all the daddy
And it’s whack a rowdy dow now fal all the day

see also   One thing or the other / Jimmy Houten