Dublin in the Rare old Times

Melody -

1. Raised on songs and stories;
Heroes of renown
All the passing tales of glory
That once was Dublin town
The hallowed halls and houses;
The haunting children's rhymes
That once was part of Dublin
In the rare old time.


Ring a ring a rosie,
As the light declines
I remember Dublin city
In the rare old times

2. Oh me name it is Sean Dempsey,
As Dublin as can be
Born hard and late in Pimlicoe,
In a house that ceased to be
By trade, I was a cooper.
Lost out t'redundancy
Like my house that fell to "progress,"
My trade a memory.

  3. And I courted Peggy Diegnan,
As pretty as you please
A rose and a child
Of Mary from the rebel
Liberty I lost her to a student lad,
With skin as black as coal
When he took her off to Birmingham,
She took away my soul.

4. Ah, the years have made me bitter;
The drink has dimmed my brain
And Dublin she keeps changin',
Nothin' stays the same
The Metropol and Pillar are gone,
They're all since long pulled down
And that grey unyielding concrete
Makes a city of my town.

5. Fare ye well, sweet Anna Liffey,
I can no longer stay
And watch the new glass cages
Rise up along the Quay
My mind's filled full of memories,
Too old to hear new chimes
But I'm still a part of Dublin
In the rare old times.
Refrain: 2X

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