Pat and the Donkey

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This example of "Pat and the Donkey" is sung by Donal Hegarty, singer from Cork City.
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This song is traditional as far as we know -- Donal is the only place we've heard/found this song. If you have a reference for it, please let us know!

Oh Pat was a decent Irish boy
He left the County Clare
He said he'd go to London to see the sites there
He'd often heard that London was a very pretty place
Oh bedad, says Pat, I'll go and see if that be the case
Oh rattlee fol di little li dum
Right fol dee dee

Oh when he went to London, bedad he was surprised
The sight of that fair city fairly dazzled Paddy's eyes
And going down the road one day, meditating to himself
He met a ragged cockney and donkey selling dill
Oh rattlee fol di little li dum
Right fol dee dee

The damned ould ragged Cockney would not let poor Paddy pass
He said speak up to your brother and he pointed to the ass
Bedad says Pat, I'm very sure, I have no brother here, 
But turning to the ass, he whispered something inhis ear
Oh rattlee fol di little li dum
Right fol dee dee

While kneeling by the ass awise, what did he do
He slipped a pebble in his ear, he did bedad that's true
The ass went mad, upset the cart, broke all the earthen ware
The damned ould ragged Cockney, he went crazy clear and clear
Oh rattlee fol di little li dum
Right fol dee dee

Well the Cockney called the peelers, for to take poor Pat in charge
Saying, seize this Irish vagabond, he should not be at large
Oh where you English ballpeen, Patty shouted with a smile
You took me for an ass because I came from Erin's Isle
Oh rattlee fol di little li dum
Right fol dee dee

That's nonsense said the magistrate, you know the ass went mad
I do bedad said Paddy, and for that I am quite sad
Behave yourself said the magistrate, we'll have no nonsense here
But come and tell me every word you whispered in his ear
Oh rattlee fol di little li dum
Right fol dee dee

I will bedad said Paddy, your request I'll not refuse
For you've often heard that donkeys are very fond of news
And then I thought of what to say to make a donkey cheer
And now I'll tell you every word I whispered in his ear
Oh rattlee fol di little li dum
Right fol dee dee

I said in dear old Ireland, all wrongs they are redressed
All noble hearted Irishmen no longer are repressed
We've got rid of all the landlords, and to ourselves we had
Sure when the donkey heard, by jaysus he went mad
Oh rattlee fol di little li dum
Right fol dee dee

Well the magistrate from laughing, sure he had to hold his head
For he looked at poor old Paddy and he thought on what he said
And turning on to Pat said he, a clever boy you are
And for your clever answer I'll dismiss you from the bar.