The Creel

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This example of "The Creel" is sung by Briege Murphy on her album From Now On, available from the Chivalry Music store.
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As I roved out on a moonlit night, excitement for to find
I met on the way with a pretty little girl and I asked her to be mine

With my too-ri-ah fol-a-diddle-dah
My too-ri-ah ri-fol-a-diddle-dan-too-ni-doh

How can I get to your father's house, how can I get to your bed
My father locks the door at night, and the keys lie under his head

With my too-ri-ah fol-a-diddle-dah
My too-ri-ah ri-fol-a-diddle-dan-too-ni-doh

If you get a ladder thirty foot, thirty foot and three
And place it up to the chimney top, come down in the creel to me

Well I got me a ladder thirty foot, thirty foot and three
And placed it up to the chimney top, and down in the creel came me

But the old one, she'd been still awake, when something that was said
I'll lay me life, said the silly old wife, there's a man in my daughter's bed

The old man he got out of bed to see if it was true
But she pushed me down with her lily-white arms and under the coverlet blue

Where are you going, father dear, where are you going so late
You disturbed me of my evening prayers and oh, but they were sweet

The devil take you, silly old wife, and an ill death may you die
For your daughter's lying with a book in her arms, praying for you and I

But the old one, she is still awake, when something else was said
You can say what you want, you silly old fool, there's a man in my daughter's bed

No rest, no peace could the old one get till she got up to see
But her foot gave a shot to the chamber pot, and into the creel fell she

Well I rocked her up and I rocked her down and I gave her a great down fall
Until every rib in the old woman's side played knickknack against the wall

Rise up and help me, husband dear, rise up and help me now
For the one that you have wished me to, I fear he's got me now

What I hope he's got, I hope he keeps and never lets it go
For between yourself and your daughter dear it's time for the cock to crow