Melody -

1. My name's Duncan Campbell
From the shire of Argyll
I've travelled this country
For many's the mile
I've travelled through Ireland,
Scotland and a'
And the name I go under's
Bold Erin-go-bragh.

2. One night in Auld Reekie
As I walked down the street
A saucy big polis
I chanced for to meet
He glowered in my face
And he gi'ed me some jaw
Sayin' "When cam' ye over,
Bold Erin-go-bragh?"

3. "Well I am not a Pat
Though in Ireland I've been
Nor am I a Paddy
Though Ireland I've seen
But were I a Pat, now,
What's that at a'?
For there's many's the bold hero
from Erin-go-bragh."

4. "Well I know you're a Pat
By the cut of your hair
But you all turn to Scotsmen
As soon as you're here
You left your ain country
For breaking the law
And we're seizing all stragglers
from Erin-go-bragh."
  5. "Were I a Pat
And you knew it were true
Or were I the devil,
Then what's it to you?
Were it not for the stick
That you hold in your paw
I would show you a game
Played in Erin-go-bragh."

6. And a lump of blackthorn
That I held in my fist
Around his big body
I made it to twist
And the blood from his napper
I quickly did draw
And paid him stock-and-interest
For Erin-go-bragh.

7. Then the people came around
Like a flock of wild geese
Crying "Catch that daft rascal,
He's killed the police"
And for every friend I had
I'll swear he had twa
It was terrible hard times
For Erin-go-bragh.

8. But I cam' to a wee boat
That sailed in the Forth
And I packed up my gear
And I steered for the North
Fareweel to Auld Reekie,
You polis and a'
And the devil gang with you,
says Erin-go-bragh.

9. So come all you young people,
Wherever you're from
I don't give a damn
To what place you belong
I come from Argyll
In the Hielands so braw
But I ne'er took it ill
Being called Erin-go-bragh.

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