Monday, August 29, 2005

Three Irishmen (song, audio)

Whooee! Well friends, when I posted up that mermaid song a couplafew days back, I sed I had anuther polytickle incorrect song I'd post up if there weren't too many complaints. In the comments, Ricky Barnes sed there weren't any complainta an' I reckon I oughta post up the ditty.

Click here fer the mp3 audio
. It's a shorty - only a minute long an' 629 KB.

Three Irishmen

Three Irishmen, three Irishmen, diggin' in a ditch,
One called the other a dirty son of a
Peter Piper had a dog, a dirty dog was he,
He gave it to his ladyfriend t' keep her company.
She fed it, she trained it, she taught it how t' jump,
It jumped right up her petticoat an' bit her on the
Country boys, country boys, sitting on a rock,
Along came a bumblebee an' stung 'em on the
Cocktails, ginger ale, five cents a glass,
If you don't like it, stick it up yer
Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies,
If you get hit with a bucket o' shit,
Be sure an' close yer eyes.

(Audio version here.)

I hope I don't ruffle too many feathers with that there little tune.

Yores trooly,
JimBobby

18 comments:

Aunty Bertha said...

Thanks for reminding me of this one from my younger days...

My father's a lavatry cleaner
'e cleans 'em by day and by night
and when 'e comes 'ome in the ev'ning
'e comes 'ome all covered in

Shine up yer buttons with brasso
it's only three h'apence a tin
you can buy it or nick it from woolworths
but I doubt if there's anything in

Some say that 'e died of a fever
some say that 'e died of a fit
but I know damn well what 'e died of
'e died of the smell of the the

Shine up yer buttons with brasso
it's only three 'apence a tin
you can buy it or nick it from woolworths
but I doubt if there's anything in

Some wanted 'im burnt to a cinder
some wanted 'im shoved in a pit
but I know damn well that 'e wanted
to be shoved in a great load of

Shine up yer buttons with brasso
it's only three h'apence a tin
you can buy it or nick it from woolworths
but I doubt if there's anything in

AB

JimBobby said...

Whooee! Thankee fer sharin' that litle ditty, Aunt B. It's a funny one, no two ways. I'm gonna try an' rememberize it an' I wanna set it to a tune. D'yer know if it's sung to a ol' standard?

Yores trooly,
JimBobby

Aunty Bertha said...

the verses are to "my bonny lies over the ocean" but I can't place the tune for the chorus, but following are the note names (flats in lower case, naturals upper) separated by bar lines - time sig is 3/8

bbb|bAG|FD-
bbb|bAb|C--
bbb|bAG|FD.D^ (note dotted rhythm)
GCb|AGA|b--

Aunty B

JimBobby said...

Whooee! Thankee fer the tune info, Aunt Bee. I got it runnin' through my head already. In fact, I can't seem t' stop it from runnin' through my head.

JB

frank said...

The version I learned while a boy was this:

Three Irishmen, three Irishman, were digging in a ditch- the first one said the third one you dirty son of a beaver, beaver, sitting on a log, along came a bumble bee and stung him in the cocktail, ginger-ale, seven cents a glass... if you you don't like it, shove it up your.. ask me no more questions, tell me no more lies, be sure to memorize this and tell the other guys.

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REB said...

This is almost exactly the way I remember hearing it as a lad. I've always thought Peter's (Murphy or Piper) ladyfriend should have taught the dog how to hunt, tho', rather than jump - it's a better rhyme...

Anonymous said...

Ahh, I remember this ditty from when I was just a wee lad, but my version was Three irish men three irish men diggin in a ditch, one said to another you dirty son of a peter murphy, peter Murphy had a dog what a dog was he, he gave it to his girlfriend to keep her company, it crawled up her petticoat and bit her on her country boy sitting on rock, along came a bumble bee and stung him on his cocktail gingerale 5 cents a glass, tell me no stories, I'll tell you no lies, if you get his with a bucket of shit be sure to close your eyes. I'm sure others have different versions as well.

timtom42 said...

Thank you. I knew this song as "Three Frenchmen". But the rest of the song is pretty spot on, with some improvements, no less. Thanks again.

Unknown said...

I was taught this version;
Three Irish men, three Irish men digging in a ditch one called the other a dirty son of a pitch me out the window landed on a rock along came a bumblebee and stung me on my cocktail ginger ale five cents a glass if you don't like it stick it up your ask me no questions I'll tell you no lies corned beef and cabbage keeps away the flies.

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Caddy man said...

The Caribbean version :-

Three little boys were playing
Playing in a ditch
One jump on the others back
And call him a son-of-a-...
Bison had a dog
A very good dog was he
He lent him to a lady
To keep her company
She fed it and she trained it
And taught it how to jump
It jumped up on her petticoat
And bite her on she .....
Country girls, country boys
Sitting on a rock
Along came a bumblebee
And stung one on his .....
Cocktails ginger ales
10 cents a glass
If you don’t like that
You can kiss my hairy .....
Ask me no questions
You will hear no lies
Put down molasses
And it will catch no flies ..

Greg



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