Nell Flaherty's Drake lyrics

The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem

Oh my name it is Nell and the truth for to tell
I come from Coal Hill which I'll never deny
I had a fine drake and I'd die for his sake
That me grandmother left me and she gone to die
The dear little fellow his legs they were yellow
He could fly like a swallow or swim like a hake
Till some dirty savage to grease his white cabbage
Most wantonly murdered me beautiful drake

Now his neck it was green almost fit to be seen
He was fit for a queen of the highest degree
His body was white, and it would you delight
He was plump, fat, and heavy and brisk as a bee
He was wholesome and sound, he would weigh twenty pound
And the universe round I would roam for his sake
Bad luck to the robber be he drunk or sober
That murdered Nell Flaherty's beautiful drake

May his spade never dig, may his sow never pig
May each hair in his wig be well trashed with the flail
My his door never latch, may his roof have no thatch
May his turkeys not hatch, may the rats eat his meal
May every old fairy from Cork to Dun Laoghaire
Dip him snug and airy in river or lake
That the eel and the trout they may dine on the snout
Of the monster that murdered Nell Flaherty's drake

May his pig never grunt, may his cat never hunt
May a ghost ever haunt him the dead of the night
May his hens never lay, may his horse never neigh
May his coat fly away like an old paper kite
That the flies and the fleas may the wretch ever tease
May the piercin' March breeze make him shiver and shake
May a lump of the stick raise the bumps fast and quick
On the monster that murdered Nell Flaherty's drake

Well the only good news that I have to infuse
Is that old Paddy Hughes and young Anthony Blake
Also Johnny Dwyer and Corney Maguire
They each have a grandson of my darlin' drake
My treasure had dozens of nephews and cousins
And one I must get or me heart it will break
For to set me mind easy or else I'll run crazy
So ends the whole song of Nell Flaherty's drake

Song Details

The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem
The Clancy Brothers
& Tommy Makem

Writer: Unknown

Brief: The story of Nell Flaherty who loved her drake which she described in glowing terms. One day a thief steals the drake and kills it. She spends a great deal of time cursing the robber, and then realizes that her drake had grandsons... she will get one to appease her broken heart.

Category: Irish Folk Song / Humorous

Covers: Tommy Makem, The Clancy Brothers, Foster & Allen, Bominic Behan, Reg Keating, Druidsong, Raining Hearts, Burl Ives, Cynthia Bennett,.

Album: Irish Songs of Drinking and Rebellion.

Other albums include: The Rising of the Moon, Irish Songs of Rebellion, Irish Rebel Songs, 60 Songs: The Cream of Irish Folk Music, The Saint Patrick's Day Collection, 40 of the Best Irish Pub Songs, Irish Revolutionary Songs, At Their Best, Ireland's Greatest Rebel Ballads, The Most Popular Irish Rebel Anthems (Special Extended Remastered Edition).

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