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Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye
Traditional. Scheduled for an upcoming Darby CD.
notes: an anti-war song.
Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye
(Trad.)

      Am                                     G
While goin’ the road to sweet Athy, aroo, aroo
      Am                                         
While goin’ the road to sweet Athy, aroo, aroo
                              G
While goin’ the road to sweet Athy
        F                              E
With a stick in me hand and a drop in me eye
 Am     G             F         E
A doleful demoiselle I heard cry
Am
Johnny, I hardly knew ye

With your guns and drums and drums and guns, aroo, aroo
With your guns and drums and drums and guns, aroo, aroo
With your guns and drums and drums
The enemy nearly slew ye
And my darlin’ dear, you look so quear
Johnny, I hardly knew ye

Where are the legs with which you run - When first you went to carry a gun
Indeed your dancin’ days are done

Where are the eyes with which you smile - When my poor heart you first beguiled
Why did you skedaddle from me and the child

Ye haven’t an arm and ye haven’t a leg - You’re an eyeless, boneless,
chickenless egg
Ye’ll have to be put with a bowl to beg

I’m happy for to have you home - Back from the island of Sulloon
So high on flesh, so low on bone