Reilly's Daughter

Traditional

Audio

This example of "Reilly's Daughter" is performed by  Ian O'Donnell
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Notes from Ian:
* Some say: "Eating spuds and drinking porter" as the second line
** Often when performing live, I leave out the word "married" and substitute a
heavy downbeat. This lets the audience decide for themselves what I 'did' to
his daughter!

Guitar chords
Verse:
F A#
F A#
Chorus:
F A#
F C F
As I was sitting by the fire
Thinkin' 'bout ol' Reilly's daughter*
Suddenly a thought came into me head
I'd like to marry ol' Reilly's daughter.

Chorus:
Giddy-aye-ay Giddy-aye-ay
Giddy-aye-ay for the one-eyed Reilly
Giddy-aye-ay [CLAP CLAP CLAP]
Play it on your old bass drum.

Reilly played on a big bass drum
Reilly had a mind for murder and slaughter
Reilly had a bright red glitt'rin' eye
And he kept that eye on his lovely daughter.

Chorus

Her hair was black and her eyes were blue
The colonel and the major and the captain sought her
The sergeant and the private and the drummer boy too
But they never had a chance with Reilly's daughter.

Chorus

I got me a ring and a parson too
Got me a flat in the married quarter
Settled me down to a peaceful life
Happy as a king with Reilly's daughter.

Chorus

Suddenly a footstep on the stairs
Who should it be but Reilly out for slaughter
With two pistols in his hands
Looking for the man who had married** his daughter.

Chorus

I grabbed ol' Reilly by the hair
Rammed his head in a pail of water
Fired his pistols into the air
A damned sight quicker than I married** his daughter.

Chorus