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Lyle Evans "Finnigan's Ball" (1923) Happy St. Patrick's Day song like James Joyce Finnegans Wake

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Michael Finnigan gave a ball down 
at Ballymahon's old town hall. 
We drove in cabs to the festive 
scene. I took a couple, but I ran 
between. Oh, what a gathering 
we had there! Oh, what a 
gathering, I declare! Patsy Sullivan 
looked a wreck cuz he had a 
gathering upon his neck.

Down at Finnigan's Ball! 
What a night of jollity! 
Finnigan's Ball! 
Dancing all around. We 
were strict teetotalers, one 
and all, till the cork came 
out at Finnigan's Ball. 

Old Miss Mullin's three score and ten. 
She hadn't had a kiss since the Lord 
knows when. She bought her mask 
and went to the dance--covers up her 
face (it was her only chance). Sat out 
the dance with Mike Madoon. Out 
on the stairs they began to spoon. 
Spotted her face as he gave her a 
kiss and said, "Heaven help the 
sailors on a night like this."

Down at Finnigan's Ball--there 
was Michael Cassidy 
Finnigan's Ball--playing in 
the band. He was so thin 
and lean and small that he 
fell through his trumpet at 
Finnigan's Ball. 

We had supper with lots to eat. 
Sure, we had the finest whisky neat! 
But there was trouble in store--oh, 
dear!--for Barney Flynn drank 
Flanigan's beer. Mrs. Bull had some 
appetite! She ate 27 buns that 
night. "These buns are fine," says 
Mrs. Bull. "But I couldn't eat 
another..." 

Down at Finnigan's Ball--little 
Mrs. Rafferty! Finnigan's Ball-- 
promised me a dance! 

But she slipped on the stairs 
and had a fall and she broke 
her promise at Finnegan's 
Ball.

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