Mike Sullivan’s Clock

George Curtin

Bhí seana chlog bhreá ag comharsan le George Curtin, Mike Sullivan. Nuair a briseadh an clog tháinig gruaim ar Mike agus d’iarr sé comhairle a chomharsain chun é a dheisiú. Ní fhéadfadh George é a sheachaint mar ábhar d’amhrán agus bhuail an clog an 24 uair sa lae chomh maith le Mike féin!

Foinse: The Maid of Ballingarry (John O’Connell)

This clock of Mike Sullivan’s down at the bog,
It gave up keeping time when it turned at grog,
It had a bad habit of drinking strong wine
Sure it often struck eight when it should have been nine
Rally fol the dal arel ay dar el ay dee

It often struck nine when it was only eight,
It often struck twelve when it was not so late.
It often broke out at the dead hour of night
And held hammering away till the clear morning light
Rally fol the dal arel ay dar el ay dee

When it went to the divil old Mick took it down,
He hitched up the pony to take it to town,
To have it repaired by a man from Tralee,
But that very same day he was out on the spree
Rally fol the dal arel ay dar el ay dee

He got it fixed up by a smith in Pound Lane,
When bringing it up it went nearly insane,
It then fell at hammering all that it met,
And I’m told it hammered old Micil Arthur to death
Rally fol the dal arel ay dar el ay dee

It stopped one fine day, ’twas the month of July
And anyone that saw it they could not tell why.
But those that lived near it they said that it hopped
By the flag of the fireplace and suddenly stopped
Rally fol the dal arel ay dar el ay dee

When Dan heard it stopped he came home that same night,
He caught it and wound it up terrible tight,
He brushed out the dust and he straightened the hands
And he tightened the screws with the paw of the tongs
Rally fol the dal arel ay dar el ay dee

As soon as he left it it opened itself,
And it struck fifty four and it jumped off the shelf,
It jumped on the flag and it struck forty eight,
And it hopped on the dresser and knocked off a plate
Rally fol the dal arel ay dar el ay dee

He sent up for Mike Twomey and told him come down,
And said if he’d mend it he’d give him a crown,
Mike stood it up straight and he opened it out,
And he said that it got too much knocking about
Rally fol the dal arel ay dar el ay dee

He then hung it up on a sixpenny nail
To smash it with something they call it a flail.
When I came for to stop him he told me look out,
And he said he would break it without any doubt
Rally fol the dal arel ay dar el ay dee

Saying “I’ll have it repaired by no more spreallairí
But I’ll smash it and break it into smidiríns”
Said the clock “then you hoorey, old reffin, come on”
Well it struck half a score and it struck, Micil ran
Rally fol the dal arel ay dar el ay dee

Mick called out to Tom and he shouted aloud,
To gather some neighbours or some kind of crowd,
And those that had weapons, bring arms and sticks,
And those that hadn’t could break it with kicks
Rally fol the dal arel ay dar el ay dee

Mick sent back to Healy and told him to come,
To go up for John-O and bring down the gun,
Healy came on with a pike in his hand,
And he met him at Laha and told him to stand
Rally fol the dal arel ay dar el ay dee

But the clock hopped the ditch and it made for Cnoc Buí,
And there it jumped up in a hawthorn tree,
Mick came to the tree with a stick and a frown,
And he called to the clock, and he told it come down
Rally fol the dal arel ay dar el ay dee

The crowd soon thickened and the tree up they tore,
There were some of them cursing and more of them swore,
The clock tumbled down and fell into the water,
And I never heard what had happened it after
Rally fol the dal arel ay dar el ay dee

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