Paddy McGinty's Goat

from Newfoundland Vinyl II by Allison Crowe



Val Doonican had a big hit with this song.


Paddy McGinty's Goat

Composed by R.P. Weston, Bert Lee, Bob Adams & Bob Allen.
Performed by Allison Crowe

Now Patrick McGinty, an Irishman of note,
came into a fortune and he bought himself a goat.
Said ', "Sure of goat's milk I soon will have me fill"
but when he brought the nanny home he found it was a bill.
All the young ladies who live in Killaloe
they're all wearing bustles like their mothers used to do
They each wear a bolster beneath their petticoat
and leave the rest to Providence and Paddy McGinty's goat

Now Mrs. Burke to her daughter said, "Listen, Mary Jane
Who was the lad you were cuddling in the lane
' long wiry whiskers a'hanging from his chin?"
" 't'was only Paddy McGinty's goat," she answered with a grin.
She went away from the village in disgrace
she came back with powder and paint upon her face
she'd rings on her fingers, and she wore a sable coat
you bet your life she didn't get that from Paddy McGinty's goat.

Well Norah McCarthy the knot was going to tie
she washed out her trousseau and she hung 'em out to dry;
Along came the goat and he saw the bits of white
he chewed up all her folderols upon on her wedding night.
"Oh turn out the lights!" she shouted out to Pat
"For though I'm your bride well I'm not worth looking at
I had two of ev'rything, I told you when I wrote
but now I've got nothing at all thro' Paddy McGinty's goat."

Now old Paddy's goat had a wondrous appetite
and early one morning he ate some dynamite
a big box of matches he swallowed all serene
and then he went and swallowed up a quart of gasoline.
Well, he sat by the fire' he didn't give a hang
he swallowed a spark and exploded with a bang.
So if you go to Heaven you can bet a dollar note
that the angel with the whiskers is Paddy McGinty's goat.


from Newfoundland Vinyl II, released December 2, 2014
Allison Crowe - voice, guitar, percussion, arranger, engineer, and producer


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