The wee woman in our town, song

Paddy Doherty (Eoghnie), singing in English
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There was a wee woman in our town in our town did dwell
She had a husband she loved dear and another man twice as well
With my rye for roe for rady and my rye for roe for ree
With my rye for roe for rady and she whacked with all the dough.

Oh she went to the doctor some medicine for to find
Will you give me anything that will set an aul‘ boy blind
With my rye for roe for rady and my rye for roe for ree
With my rye for roe for rady and she whacked with all the dough.

Oh the doctor gave her marrowbone and told her to grind it fine
And shake it in the aul boy’s eyes and that would set him blind
With my rye for roe for rady and my rye for roe for ree
With my rye for roe for rady and she whacked with all the dough.

She came home with the marrowbone and she ground it fine
She shook it in the aul‘ boy’s eyes and that did set him blind
With my rye for roe for rady and my rye for roe for ree
With my rye for roe for rady and she whacked with all the dough.

Oh I’m tired of this country and I’m tired of this life
I think I’ll go and drown myself and that will end all strife
With my rye for roe for rady and my rye for roe for ree
With my rye for roe for rady and she whacked with all the dough.

Oh if you’re tired of this country and you’re tired of this life
I’ll go and help you drown yourself and that will end all strife
With my rye for roe for rady and my rye for roe for ree
With my rye for roe for rady and she whacked with all the dough.

They both set off together till they came to the river brim
And the cunning aul‘ boy he stepped aside and she went birling in
With my rye for roe for rady and my rye for roe for ree
With my rye for roe for rady and she whacked with all the dough.

Sometimes she sank sometimes she swam till she came to the river brim
And with his big long walking stick he pushed her further in
With my rye for roe for rady and my rye for roe for ree
With my rye for roe for rady and she whacked with all the dough.

And when he thought she had enough he hauled her to dry land
That will put the notion out of your head of having another man
With my rye for roe for rady and my rye for roe for ree
With my rye for roe for rady and she whacked with all the dough.