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Arthur Macbride  Christy Moore

[D]I had a first cousin called Arthur McBride
he and[G] I took a[D] stroll[Em] down by the se[G]aside
a [D]seeking good fortune and what might th[Bm]e tide
it w[D]as just [Em]as the day [G]was a dawn[A]ing
And [D]after we rested we we[G]nt on a tramp[D]
we[G] met Searg[D]eant Napper an[Em]d Corporal Cr[G]amp
and a[D] little wee drummer who[Bm] beat up our camp
with [A]his rowdy [G]dou dou in the mo[D]rning


[D]He said my young fellows if you will enlist
a guin[G]ea you qu[D]ickly s[Em]hall have in yo[G]ur fist
an[D]d besides a crown for to kick up the d[Bm]ust
and [D]drink th[Em]e King's he[G]alth in th[A]e morning
but [D]had we been such fool[G]s as to take [D]the advance
th[G]e wee bit [D]of money we'd [Em]have to run c[G]hance
do yo[D]u think it no scuples f[Bm]or to send us to France
where[A] we would [G]be killed in the [D]morning
[D]He says my young fellows if I hear but one word
instan[G]tly now w[D]ill out[Em] with my sword [G]
an[D]d into your bodies as strength might a[Bm]fford
so n[D]ow me ga[Em]y devils ta[G]ke warning[A]
but [D]Arthur and I we soon [G]took the odds[D]
an[G]d we gave [D]them no chance[Em] for to draw [G]out their swords
our w[D]acking shillelaghs came[Bm] over their heads
and p[A]aid them r[G]ight smart in the[D] morning
[D]As for the wee drummer we rifled his pouch
and we[G] made a f[D]ootball[Em] of his rowdy d[G]ou dou
an[D]d into the ocean for to rock and to ro[Bm]ll and
barr[D]ing the [Em]day its ret[G]urning    [A]
as f[D]or the ould rapier th[G]at hung by hi[D]s side
we[G] flung as [D]far as we coul[Em]d in the tide[G]
To th[D]e divil I pitch you say[Bm]s Arthur McBride
to te[A]mper your [G]edge in the morni[D]ng.

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