Let Mr. McGuire Sit Down (aka Mick McGuire)

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This example of "Let Mr. McGuire Sit Down" is performed by Mary Smith
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Notes: The second version on this page was collected by John J. Ward in the mid-40's and is part of the John J. Ward Song Collection, held at the Milwaukee Music Archive.  The recording goes with the first version of words.

Oh my name is Mick McGuire and I'll quickly tell to you 
of a young girl I admired, she was Katie Donohue;
She was fair and plump and courtly and believe me when I say
When ever I come to her door I could hear her mother say:

chorus:
Johnny get up from the fire, get up
And give the man a seat. 
Can't you see it's Mr. McGuire come to court your sister Kate.
You know very well he owns a farm a wee bit  out of the town
Get up for a' that ya impudent brat and let Mr. McGuire sit down

Deedle-dee deedle-dee dow dee dow,
dee dow-dee dow-dee dow
deedle-dee dow-dee dow-dee dow-dee dow-dee dow-dee dow
You know very well he owns a farm a wee bit  out of the town
Get up for a' that ya impudent brat and let Mr. McGuire sit down.

Now the first tie that I met her was the dance at Taramacgee
And I  very kindly asked her if she would dance a step with me
I asked if I could see her home, if I'd be going her way
And whenever I come to the door I can hear the ould ones say:

chorus

Ah but now that we are married, sure
her mother's changed her mind
just because I spent the legacy me father left behind
She doesn't have the decency to give me time of day
And whenever I come to the door, I can hear the ould witch say:

Johnnny come up to the fire, come up,you're sittin' in a draft
Can't ye see it's ould McGuire, sure, he nearly drives me daft
I don't know what gets in him, for he's always on the tear
Johnny just sit whar ye are, and don't ye dare, to give ould McGuire a chair.

Last chorus:
Deedle-dee deedle-dee dow dee dow,
dee dow-dee dow-dee dow
deedle-dee dow-dee dow-dee dow-dee dow-dee dow-dee dow
I don't know what gets in him, for he's always on the tear
Johnny just sit whar ye are, and don't ye dare, to give ould McGuire a chair.


My name it 'tis McGuire, the truth I'll tell to you 
of a pretty girl that I admire named Katie Donohue;
She is fair and fat and forty and believe me when I say
Every time I go to visit her you gan hear her mother say:

chorus:
Johnny get up from the fire, get up
And give the man a seat. 
You know very well it's Mr. McGuire and he's courtin' your sister Kate.
You know very well he owns a farm a little way out of the town
Will you get up out of there and be takin' the air and let Mr. McGuire sit down.

The first time that I met her was at a Pattern in Tralee
And I asked her very kindly if she would dance a step with me
She asked me for to see her home and have with her some tay
And no sooner we got in the door than you could hear her mother say:

chorus

I asked her for to marry me and be my darling bride 
and now we are going to tie the knot by the next Schrove-Tide
And when we are in our little love-nest, we will have currant cake and tay
we'll invite her mother to visit us, I imagine I'll hear her say: