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The Charladies Ball

You may talk of your outings, you picnics and parties Your dinners, your dances, and hoolies and all But wait 'till I tell you of the gas that we had On the night that we danced at the Charladies Ball I went there as Queen Anne and I went me man He was dressed as a monkey locked up in a cage There was pirates and pirots and hottentots and whatnots And stars you might see on the music hall stage Chorus At the charladies ball people said one and all You're the bell of the ball Mrs. Mulligan We had one steps and two steps and the divil knows what new steps We swore that we never would be done again, bedad We had wine, porter and Jameson We had cocktails and cocoa and all We had champagne that night but we'd real pain next morning The night that we danced at the charladies ball There was cowboys and indians that came from Drumcondra Sweet Frances St. fairies all diamonds and stars There was one of the Rooneys as a clock over Mooneys And a telegram boy with a message from Mars Mary Moore from the Lotts was the Queen of the Scots With a crown out of Woolworths perched up on her dome There was young Jimmy Whitehouse came dressed as a lighthouse And a Camden St. Garbo that should have stayed home Chorus At the charladies ball people said one and all You're the bell of the ball Mrs. Mulligan We had one steps and two steps and the divil knows what new steps We swore that we never would be done again, bedad We had wine, porter and Jameson We had cocktails and cocoa and all We had rumbas and tangos, half sets and fandangos The night that we danced at the charladies ball Mary Ellen O'Rourke was the Queen of the dawn By one thirty she looked like a read dirty night Mickey Farren the bester came dressed as a jester He burst his balloon and dropped dead at the fright Kevin Barr came as Bovril stops that sinking feeling Astride of a bottle, pyjamas and all But he bumped into Faust, who was gloriously soused And the two of them sunk to the end of the hall Chorus At the charladies ball people said one and all You're the bell of the ball Mrs. Mulligan We had one steps and two steps and the divil knows what new steps We swore that we never would be done again, bedad We had wine, porter and Jameson We had cocktails and cocoa and all We'd a read stand-up fight but we fell down to supper The night that we danced at the charladies ball

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