Boys of Kilkenny

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Melody - variant of "The Old Head of Dennis", as Thomas Moore called it
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Oh the Boys of Kilkenny are brave roaring blades
And if ever they Meet with the nice little maids
They'll kiss them and coax them and spend their money free
|: And of all Towns in Ireland Kilkenny for me. :|
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Fal de ral de ral de ral de ral lal ra la la lo.

2. In the Town of Kilkenny there runs a clear stream,
In the Town of Kilkenny there lives a pretty Dame,
Her lips are lke roses, and her mouth much the same,
|: Like a dish of fresh strawberries smother'd in cream. :|
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3. Her Eyes are as black as Kilkennys large coal,
Which thro' my poor bosom have burnt a big hole;
Her mind like its river is mild clear and pure,
|: But her heart is more hard nor its marble I'm sure. :|
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4. Kilkenny's a pretty Town and shines where it stands,
And the more I think on it, the more my heart warms;
For, if I was in Kilkenny I'd think myself at home,
|: For its there I'd get sweethearts, but here I get none. :|
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Song and tune here are from a single sheet copy which is believed to be the original publication of this song. Michael Kelly's music shop where it was printed, was in business from 1802 to 1811.

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