Mountains Of Mourne by Percy French

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1. Oh, Mary, this London’s a wonderful sight

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with people here working by day and by night.

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They don’t sow potatoes nor barley nor wheat,

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but there’s gangs of them diggin’ for gold in the street.

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At least when I asked them, that’s what I was told,

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so I just took a hand at this diggin’ for gold.

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But for all that I’ve found there, I might as well be,

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in the place where the dark Mourne sweeps down to the sea.

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2.  I believe that when writin’ a wish you expressed,

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as to how the fine ladies in London were dressed.

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But if you’ll believe me, when asked to a ball,

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they don’t wear no tops to their dresses at all.

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Oh, I’ve seen them myself and you could not in truth,

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tell if they were bound for a ball or a bath.

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Don’t be startin’ them fashions now, Mary McRee,

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in the place where the dark Mourne sweeps down to the sea.

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3. There’s beautiful girls here, oh, never you mind,

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beautiful shapes nature never designed.

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Lovely complexions of roses and cream,

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but let me remark with regard to the same.

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That if at those roses you ventured to sip,

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the colors might all come away on your lip.

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So I’ll wait for the wild rose that’s waitin’ for me,

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in the place where the dark Mourne sweeps down to the sea.

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4. You remember young Danny McClaren, of course,

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but he’s over here with the rest of the force.

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I saw him one day as he stood on the Strand,

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stopped all the traffic with a wave of his hand.

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And as we were talking of days that are gone,

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the whole town of London stood there to look on.

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But for all his great powers, he’s wishful like me,

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to be back where the dark Mourne sweeps down to the sea.