The Pride of Pimlico

Place names are all in the "Liberties" - an old area on the south side of Dublin.

Come all ye broken hearted ones and listen to my lay
About a lovely damsel, as fair as any may,
Who's caused much tears and sorrow and grief and heartfelt woe.
It's Kitty Flynn I'm speaking of, the Pride of Pimlico.

It's just about a month ago unto this place she came,
And set our hearts a-blazing up in love's undying flame,
And made of every other lass about the place a foe,
Because she took their sweethearts, did the Pride of Pimlico.

Poor Paddy Burke the tailor now can't do a stroke of work,
Nor Billy Shee the handyman, nor steady Jack McGurk;
And if you ax the reason, all they'll answer you is: "O
'Tis all because of Kitty Quinn, the Pride of Pimlico."

There's Murphy, the teetotaler, he's gone upon the spree,
And Keogh, the whiskey drinker, now is taking milk and tea,
He's given up John Jameson, and likewise Power and Roe,
Because his heart's distracted by the Pride of Pimlico.
Old Jimmy Kane the miser that no one could get round,
And young Tom Ray who owns a forge and near a hundred pound,
And Matt McCann whose father keeps the Irish Waxwork Show
Are raving night and day about the Price of Pimlico.

It's time the polis saw to it. It soon will be too late,
An divil a man in all the Coombe will have a solid pate,
Or soon beyond in Riley's, a sight of awful woe
You'll see ten thousand victims of the Pride of Pimlico!

Written by Arthur Griffith - the man who negotiated the
Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1920/1.

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