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Weilla Wailla
Traditional.
notes: This is a morbid Irish children’s song from the play yards of
Dublin.
Weilla Waellia

       D
There was an old woman and she lived in the wood
                 G     D
Weilla, weilla waellia
       A    
There was an old woman and she lived in the wood
                         D
Down by the river Seilla

She had a babbie, six months old
Weilla, weilla waellia
She had a little babbie, six months old
Down by the river Seilla

She had a penknife, long and sharp
Weilla, weilla waellia
She had a penknife, long and sharp
Down by the river Seilla

She stuck the knife in the babbie’s head
Weilla, weilla waellia
The more she stabbed it, the more it bled
Down by the river Seilla

Three big knocks come knockin’ at the door
Weilla, weilla waellia
Two policemen and one more
Down by the river Seilla

“Are you the woman what killed the child?�
Weilla, weilla waellia
“Are you the woman what killed the child?�
Down by the river Seilla

“Yes, I am the woman what killed the child�
Weilla, weilla waellia
“Yes, I am the woman what killed the child�
Down by the river Seilla

So a rope got pulled and she got hung
Weilla, weilla waellia
So a rope got pulled and she got hung
Down by the river Seilla

And that was the end of the woman in the wood
Weilla, weilla waellia
And that was the end of the babbie, too
Down by the river Seilla

The moral of this story is
Weilla, weilla waellia
Don’t stick knives in babbies’ heads
Down by the river Seilla