Down By The Liffeyside (Ryan's Fancy)

As down by Anna Liffey
me love and I did stray,
Where in the good old Liffey mud,
where the seagulls sport and play,
We caught the whiff of ray and chips
and Mary softly sighed,
"Oh, John, won't you come for a one and one,
down by the Liffeyside."

So down to Robbie O'Shea's
together we did go,
And the rapture then that filled our hearts
no poet e'er could know;
We started eatin' double ones
and Mary softly sighed,
Sure I'd live forever eatin' chips,
down by the Liffeyside.

Then up along by George's Street
the loving pairs to view,
While Mary swanked it like a queen
in a skirt of royal blue;
Her coat was newly turned,
and her blouse was newly dyed,
Ah, you could not match her 'round the block,
down by the Liffeyside.

So on a Sunday mornin'
to Meath Street we will go,
And there with Father Murphy
we both shall make our vows;
He'll join our hands in wedlock bands
and soon we'll be outside,
For a whole afternoon on our honeymoon,
down by the Liffeyside.

####.... Peadar Kearney [1883-1942] of Dublin, Ireland ....####
Peadar Kearney usually only wrote the lyrics to his songs. The melody for Down by the Liffeyside is taken from a song with a similar title, Down by the Tanyard Side which, in turn, was taken from a much older song called The Slaney Side which appears in the Irish Country Songs collection by Herbert Hughes. In 1907, Kearney also wrote the lyrics to "The Soldier's Song" ("Amhrán na bhFiann"), now the Irish national anthem.

This variant arranged and recorded by Ryan's Fancy for the Ryan's Fancy CBC Television Series.

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

From Wikipedia:
River Liffey - also known as Anna Liffey, flows through the centre of Dublin, Ireland.


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