I'll Tell Me Ma lyrics

by Sham Rock

Tell me ma when I go home,
The boys won’t leave the girls alone,
They pull my hair they stole my comb,
But that’s all right till I go home.
She is handsome, she is pretty
She is the Belle of Belfast city,
She is a courting, one two three
Pray won’t you tell me who is she?
... x2

Albert Mooney says he loves her,
All the boys are fightin' for her,
Knock on the door and they ring that bell
Oh my true love, are you well?
Out she comes, as white as snow,
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
Old Johnny Murray says she will die
If she doesn’t get the fella with the rovin' eye.

Tell me ma when I go home,
The boys won’t leave the girls alone,
They pull my hair they stole my comb,
But that’s all right till I go home.
She is handsome, she is pretty
She is the Belle of Belfast city,
She is a courting, one two three
Pray won’t you tell me who is she?

Let the wind and the rain and the hail go high
And the snow come a tumbling from the sky
She’s as nice as apple pie
And she’ll get her own lad by and by
When she gets a lad of her own,
She won’t tell her ma till she comes home,
Let them all come as they will,
For it’s Albert Mooney she loves still.

Tell me ma when I go home,
The boys won’t leave the girls alone,
They pull my hair they stole my comb,
But that’s all right till I go home.
She is handsome, she is pretty
She is the Belle of Belfast city,
She is a courting, one two three
Pray won’t you tell me who is she?

Instrumental

Let the wind and the rain and the hail go high
And the snow come a tumbling from the sky
She’s as nice as apple pie
And she’ll get her own lad by and by
When she gets a lad of her own,
She won’t tell her ma till she comes home,
Let them all come as they will,
For it’s Albert Mooney she loves still.

Tell me ma when I go home,
The boys won’t leave the girls alone,
They pull my hair they stole my comb,
But that’s all right till I go home.
She is handsome, she is pretty
She is the Belle of Belfast city,
She is a courting, one two three
Pray won’t you tell me who is she?
... x 3

Tell me... Tell me... Tell me who is she

Tell me... Tell me... Tell me who is she

Tell me... Tell me... Tell me who is she

Song Details

Tell Me Ma
Children playing games

Writer: Traditional

Brief: Well-known children's song. Collected around England in the 19th century and appeared in collections at the turn of the 20th century. The Irish also adopted the song and in the chorus refer to Belfast City - the song is sometimes called "The Belle of Belfast City". The song generally accompanies a children's game:

A ring is formed by the children joining hands, one player standing in the centre. When asked, "Please tell me who they be," the girl in the middle gives the name or initials of a boy in the ring (or vice versa). The ring then sings the rest of the words, and the boy who was named goes into the centre... more

Category: Folk Song

Other Recording Artists: Sham Rock (featured), The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, The Corries (Scotland), The Dubliners, Lick the Tins (London), The Rankin Family (Nova Scotia), Four to the Bar (New York City), Orthodox Celts (Serbia), The Wiggles (Australia), Gaelic Storm (California), Belfast Food (Croatia), The Tossers (Chicago), Sinéad O'Connor, Poxy Boggards (California), The Young Dubliners (US), Beatnik Turtle (Chicago), Christy Moore, The Irish Tenors, Orla Fallon, The Clan.

Logo I'll Tell Me Ma by Sham Rock is featured on The Album (June 1, 2004).

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