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Three Men Went A-Hunting

Three men went a-hunting and nothing could they find
They came unto a milestone and the milestone left behind
Says the Englishman, ‘That’s a milestone’ and the Scotchman he said ‘Nay!’
Says Paddy, ‘That’s a tombstone and corpse had gone away.’

What do you think of that now?
Shove it out of that now!
Give it to the cat now!
Tiddy fol lo de di do
Tiddy fol lol de day

Three men went a-hunting and nothing could they find
They came unto a cow-dung and the cow-dung left behind
Says the Englishman, ‘That’s a cow-dung’ and the Scotchman he said ‘Nay!’
Says Paddy, ‘It’s a barnbrack and the currants all picked away.’

Three men went a-hunting and nothing could they find
They came unto a pucán and the pucán left behind
Says the Englishman, ‘That’s a pucán’ and the Scotchman he said ‘Nay!’
Says Paddy, ‘It’s the devil and his horns thrown away.’

Three men went a-hunting and nothing could they find
They came unto old Ireland and old Ireland left behind
Says the Englishman, ‘That’s old Ireland’ and the Scotchman he said ‘Nay!’
Says Paddy, ‘It’s a home for me and you may hunt away.’ 

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Notes from Hugh Shields

Paul Ryan, Co Wicklow, 1960. Noted in manuscript from Paul Ryan's singing.
Roud 283.