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Delaney's Donkey  Val Doonican

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[G7]Now, De[C]laney had a [F]donkey that [G]everyone ad[C]mired
Temporarily [F]lazy and [C]permanently [G7]tired
A [C]leg at every [F]corner [G]balancing his [C]head
And a [Am]tail to let you [F]know which end he [G7]wanted to be [C]fed.
[Am]Riley, slyly [E]said "we've unde[Am]rrated it
[Am]Why not train it?" [E]then they took a [Am]rag
They [C]rubbed it, [F]scrubbed it, they [G]oiled and embroc[C]ated it
[Am]Got it at the [F]post and when the [C]starter dropped the [G7]flag:
There was [C]Riley [F]pushing it, [C]shoving it, [F]shushing it
[C]Hogan, [F]Logan and [C]everyone in [G7]town
[C]Lined up a[F]ttacking it, n'[G]shoving it and [C]smacking it
They [Am]might as well a'[F]tried to push the [G]Town Hall [G7]down.
The [C]donkey was [F]eyeing them, [G]openly def[C]ying them
Winking, [F]blinking and [C]twisting out of [G7]place,
[C]Riley re[C7]versing it, [F]everybody cursing it
The [C]day Delaney's [F]donkey ran the [G7]half mile [C]race.
The [C]muscles of the [F]mighty [G]never known to [C]flinch
They couldn't move the [F]donkey a [C]quarter of an [G7]inch
De[C]laney lay ex[F]hausted [G]hanging 'round his [C]throat
With a [Am]grip just like a [F]Scotsman on a [G7]five pound [C]note.
[Am]Starter Carter, he [E]lined it with the [Am]rest of 'em
[Am]When it saw them [E]it was willing [Am]then
It [C]raced up, [F]braced up, [G]ready for the [C]best of 'em
They [Am]started off to cheer it but it [C]changed it's mind a[G7]gain!
And there was [C]Riley [F]pushing it, [C]shoving it, [F]shushing it
[C]Hogan, [F]Logan and [C]Mary-Ann Mc[G7]Grath
[C]She started [F]poking it and [G]grabbing it and [C]choking it
It [Am]kicked her in the [F]bustle and it [G]laughed hee-[G7]haw!
The [C]Whigs and Con[F]servatives, the [G]Radical Su[C]perlatives
Liberals and [F]Tories they [C]hurried to the [G7]place
[C]Stood there in [C7]unity, [F]helping the community
The [C]day Delaney's [F]donkey ran the [G7]half mile [C]race.
The [C]crowd began to [F]cheer it and [G]Rafferty the [C]judge
He came up to a[F]ssist 'em but [C]still it wouldn't [G7]budge
And the [C]jockey who was [F]riding it, [G]little John Mc[C]Gee
Was so [Am]thoroughly dis[F]gusted that he [G7]went and had his [C]tea!
[Am]Hagan, Fagan were [E]students of psy[Am]chology
[Am]Swore they'd shift him [E]with some dyna[Am]mite
They [C]bought it, [F]brought it, [G]and without a[C]pology
The [Am]donkey gave a sneeze and blew the [C]whole lot outa [G7]sight.
And there was [C]Riley [F]pushing it, [C]shoving it, [F]shushing it
[C]Hogan, [F]Logan and [C]all the bally [G7]crew
[C]Police and Aux[F]iliary, the [G]Garrison Ar[C]tillery
The [Am]Second Enni[F]skillen's and the [G]Life Guards [G7]too.
They [C]seized it n'[F]harried it, they [G]picked it up and [C]carried it
Cheered it, [F]steered it [C]to the winning [G7]place.
Then the [C]bookmaker's [C7]drew aside, and they [F]all committed suicide
The [C]day Delaney's [F]donkey won the [G]half [G7]mile [C]race!

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