Galway City
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Lesley Nelson-Burns


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The original lyrics are The Spanish Lady. A ballad by the name of Spanish Lady was registered in England December 14, 1624 with the Stationers' Company. It is possible that tune is related to this tune or one of the variants listed.

There are numerous tunes with titles similar to Spanish Lady. Two others with completely different tunes are:

As I roved out thro' Galway city
At the hour of twelve at the night,
Who should I see but a handsome damsel,
Combing her hair by candlelight.
"Lassie, I have come a courtin'
Your kind favours for to win;
And if you'll but smile upon me,
Next Sunday I'll call again."
Raddy a the too dum, too dum too dum
Raddy a the too dum doo dum day,
Raddy a the too dum too dum too dum
Raddy a the too dum doo dum day.

"So to me you came a courting,
My kind favours for to win;
But t'would give me the greatest pleasure
If you never did call again.
What would I do when I go walking,
Walking out in the morning dew?
What would I do when I go walking,
Walking with a lad like you?
Raddy a the too dum, too dum too dum
Raddy a the too dum doo dum day,
Raddy a the too dum too dum too dum
Raddy a the too dum doo dum day.

"Lassie I have gold and silver;
Lassie, I have houses and lands;
Lassie, I have ships on the ocean;
They'll be all at your command."
"what do I care for your ships on the ocean?
What do I care for your houses and lands?
What do I care for your gold and silver?
All I want is a handsome man.
Raddy a the too dum, too dum too dum
Raddy a the too dum doo dum day,
Raddy a the too dum too dum too dum
Raddy a the too dum doo dum day.

Did you ever see the grass in the morning?
All bedecked with jewels rare?
Did you ever see a handsome lassie,
Diamonds sparkling in her hair?
Did you ever see a copper kettle
Mended with an ould tin can?
Did you ever see a handsome damsel,
Married off to an ugly man?
Raddy a the too dum, too dum too dum
Raddy a the too dum doo dum day,
Raddy a the too dum too dum too dum
Raddy a the too dum doo dum day.
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