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The highway man bold, song / Jim McGonigle (James Eoghain), singing in English

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I’ll tell yous of a young man sure his name it was John
He was hired to a farmer in the county Tyrone
At the fair day of Clady the farmer took unwell
Sent John to the market the cow for to sell.
With my ring a do a dadio a ring a do a de.

As wee John walked the cow right out of the barn
‘Twas off to the market sure he quickly rang
He didn’t go so far when he met a dealer man
And he then sold the cow and he paid him there and then.
With my ring a do a dadio a ring a do a de.

It was into an ale house John went for a glass
His feet for to rest and an hour for to pass
Where will I put the money to the landlord he did say
Where shall I hide it come tell to me I pray
With my ring a do a dadio a ring a do a de.

In the lining of your coat I will sew it says he
In case on the road that it’s robbed you might be
Oh the robber in the room sat sipping at his wine
And he says to himself all that money will be mine
With my ring a do a dadio a ring a do a de.

As wee Johnny left for home later that afternoon
Sure the robber he followed him out of the room.
He didn’t go so far when the robber he did say
Arragh hop up behind me for I am going your way
With my ring a do a dadio a ring a do a de.

Oh they didn’t go so far when the robber turned about
And a bright gleaming pistol he quickly drew out
Saying hand o’er your money without either toll or strife
Or it’s this very day I will take your sacred life
With my ring a do a dadio a ring a do a de.

Sure wee John knew there was no time to lose
And thinking he’d be shot if he tried to refuse
From the lining of his pocket the money he drew out
And among the tall grass he scattered it all about
With my ring a do a dadio a ring a do a de.

Oh the robber he quickly got down from his horse
But little did he know it was all to his loss
As he gathered up the money John threw him on the grass
John hopped in the saddle and went home with his horse
With my ring a do a dadio a ring a do a de.

The farmer’s wee daughter saw John coming home
And up to her father she quickly did come
Oh lord says the farmer oh why did you swap
Or how did my cow turn into a horse
With my ring a do a dadio a ring a do a de.

Oh lord said wee John ‘the truth I will unfold
I was stopped on the road by a highwayman bold.
As he gathered up the money I threw him on the grass
To make an amendment I brought home his horse
With my ring a do a dadio a ring a do a de.

When the saddle bags were opened they were found for to hold
Five hundred bright guineas in silver and gold
A pair of gleaming pistols the farmer he did vow
Well lord my young fellow you’re the boy can sell a cow
With my ring a do a dadio a ring a do a de.

The highway man bold, song / Jim McGonigle (James Eoghain), singing in English
ITMA Reference Number:461-ITMA-MP3
Main Performer: Jim McGonigle (James Eoghain)
Title:The highway man bold [sound recording] / Jim McGonigle (James Eoghain), singing in English
Section:Sound Recordings
Recording Location:Cis Farren's Bar, Urris, Co Donegal
Recording Date:January 1986
Copyright:Performer and Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Physical Description:1 computer file (MP3 file, ca. 5 min.) : digital, stereo
Format:MP3
Subject:Ireland: Singing in English
Language:English
Corporate Author:Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Collection:Jimmy McBride Collection. Audio Cassette 14
URL:http://www.inishowensinging.ie
Roud Number:2637
Related Material: Two good men and true in Playlists
Related Publication: Two good men and true / compiled by Jimmy McBride in Publications
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