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The High Kings the Beggarman

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Published on Feb 25, 2008

The High Kings sing the classic irish folk song: the Beggarman

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I am a little beggarman, a-begging I have been For three score or more in this little isle of green I'm known from the Liffey down to Segue And I'm known by the name of old Johnny Dhu Of all the trades that's going, I'm sure begging is the best For when a man is tired, he can sit down and rest He can beg for his dinner, he has nothing else to do Only cut around the corner with his old rig-a-doo I slept in the barn right down at Caurabawn A wet night came on and I slept until the dawn With holes in the roof and the rain coming through And the rats and the cats, they were playing peek-a-boo When who did I waken but the woman of the house With her white spotty apron and her calico blouse She began to frighten, I said, "Boo Ara, don't be afraid, ma'am, it's only Johnny Dhu" I met a little flaxy-haired girl one day "Good morning, little flaxy-haired girl," I did say "Good morning, little beggarman, and how do you do With your rags and your tags and your old rig-a-doo?" I'll buy a pair of leggings and a collar and a tie And a nice young lady I'll fetch by and by I'll buy a pair of goggles, I'll color them blue And an old-fashioned lady I will make her, too Over the road with me pack on me back Over the fields with me great, heavy sack With holes in me shoes and me toes peeping through Singing, "Skinny-me-rink-a-doodle-o and old Johnny Dhu" I must be going to bed for it's getting late at night The fire's all raked and out goes the light So now you've heard the story of me old rig-a-doo "It's good-bye and God be with you," says old Johnny Dhu
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IdoTheChoombi
the song that you just CAN'T sing along
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Fainting Giraffe
Why do I love them so much?
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Chloe Macdonald
I love watching them perform. They always look like they're having the time of their lives!
gowtham siddharth
I am a little beggarman, a-begging I have been For three score or more in this little isle of green I'm known from the Liffey down to Segue And I'm known by the name of old Johnny Dhu Of all the trades that's going, I'm sure begging is the best For when a man is tired, he can sit down and rest He can beg for his dinner, he has nothing else to do Only cut around the corner with his old rig-a-doo I slept in the barn right down at Caurabawn A wet night came on and I slept until the dawn With holes in the roof and the rain coming through And the rats and the cats, they were playing peek-a-boo When who did I waken but the woman of the house With her white spotty apron and her calico blouse She began to frighten, I said, "Boo Ara, don't be afraid, ma'am, it's only Johnny Dhu" I met a little flaxy-haired girl one day "Good morning, little flaxy-haired girl," I did say "Good morning, little beggarman, and how do you do With your rags and your tags and your old rig-a-doo?" I'll buy a pair of leggings and a collar and a tie And a nice young lady I'll fetch by and by I'll buy a pair of goggles, I'll color them blue And an old-fashioned lady I will make her, too Over the road with me pack on me back Over the fields with me great, heavy sack With holes in me shoes and me toes peeping through Singing, "Skinny-me-rink-a-doodle-o and old Johnny Dhu" I must be going to bed for it's getting late at night The fire's all raked and out goes the light So now you've heard the story of me old rig-a-doo "It's good-bye and God be with you," says old Johnny Dhu
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Plaiul Nou
Irish music is awesome! I am a Romanian fan of celtic music
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annie h
Love it!  Gets me going in the morning even though I don't know the lyrics or the doo dahs.  Good song to houseclean (ugh) to.  (Right click on video itself and select loop. and the mood keeps on... :)
Herbert Marzinek
there is nothing like ireland, il over her
Arkybark
This song - with varying lyrics - is also called Roving Journeyman.
Terangi Tongia
sooo cool :) love it
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