The black sheep, song

Jim McGonigle (James Eoghain)
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In a little village not many miles away
There lived a rich and old man whose hair was turning grey
He had three sons the only ones but Tom and Jack were sly
And Ted was not as should have been and would not tell a lie.

They did their best to blacken Ted right in the old man’s eye
And soon their words began to tell and Ted was much despised
One night the old man said begone you’re heartless to the core
And these were the words the young man spoke as he stood beside the door.

Oh don’t be angry with me dad don’t turn me from your door
I know that I was wayward but I won’t be anymore
Just give me one other chance and put me to the test
And you’ll find the black sheep loves his dad far better than the rest.

Year after year rolled slowly on and the rich man is now old
He called together Jack and Tom and gave them all his gold
Saying ‘I’ll only need that little room just by your fireside
And Tom returning home one night he brought with him a bride.

Sure the wife began to hate the father more and more each day
One night he heard the three declare that he was in their way
They then agreed to send him to the work-house that was near
And like a flash the black sheep’s words kept ringing in his ear.

Oh don‘t be angry with me dad don’t turn me from your door
I know that I was wayward but I won’t be anymore
Just give me one other chance and put me to the test
And you’ll find the black sheep loves his dad far better than the rest.

A carriage pulled up to the door it was the workhouse van
The lads they turned unto their dad saying come here’s your man
Just then a manly form appeared and pushing through the crowd
Stand back you brutes the stranger cried‘this will not be allowed.

Yous took this old man’s property and all that he had saved
You even sold the little plot containing mother’s grave
I am a son I’m not your kin from here to judgement day
And the old man clasped the black sheep’s hand and the crowd all heard him say.

Oh don’t be angry with me lad though I turned you from my door
I know that I was foolish but I won’t be anymore
I should have given my gold to you for you have stood the test
Now I find the black sheep loves his dad far better than the rest.