The Westmeath Bachelor lyrics

by Joe Dolan

Sure I am a Westmeath bachelor, and me age is 63,
I don't intend to marry, or to raise a family.
Sure I'm happy and contented just to live a single life.
And that's the reason why I don't intend to take a wife.

[Chorus]
With the red stuff on her fingernails, and varnish on her toes,
The raddle on her old fizzhog and the whitewash on her nose
She can get a fancy barber to shave her neck her head
Well that's why I'm a bachelor and I don't intend to wed.

Last Thursday at the market in the town of Mullingar,
A friend he introduced me to a famous movie star,
She was married several times before to men of every creed
And she thought she had a sucker in the bachelor from Westmeath

[Chorus]

Now I'm living with me brother, and his little cat and dog,
I'm earnin' seven and six a week, a-workin' on the bog,
Why should I change this life of ease, for one of struggle and strife,
And that's the reason why I don't intend to take a wife.

[Chorus]

[Instrumenta]

Now I'm living with me brother, and his little cat and dog,
I'm earnin' seven and six a week, a-workin' on the bog,
Why should I change this life of ease, for one of struggle and strife,
And that's the reason why I don't intend to take a wife.

With the red stuff on her fingernails, and varnish on her toes,
The raddle on her old fizzhog and the whitewash on her nose
She can get a fancy barber to shave her neck her head
Well that's why I'm a bachelor and I don't intend to wed.
Thats why I'm a bachelor and I don't intend to wed.

Song Details

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Author/Composer: Unknown - although there are several sites that accredit the song to Irish composer and musician - Bill Whelan (born in 1950). Having looked through his discography, there is no mention of this song so any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated. It seems to be a fairly old song as mentioned by this comment made on Mudcat.org in relation to The Westmeath Bachelor:

My, my, the memories. My grandfather (1st Generation Amereican) used to sing this all the time, even though he wasn't from Westmeath, or any place else in Ireland, wasn't a bachelor (obviously) and probably never saw a bog in his life. He said it was the only song he could remember hearing his own father sing. Any way, this is his version of the chorus:

Ah, with the rust upon her finger nails and varnish on her toes
Paint around her mouth so sour and whitewash on her nose;
She can get a fancy barber to shape her knucklehead.
That's why I am a bachelor and I don't intend to wed.
The same thread also included this comment:
Foster and Allen credit the song to W. Whelan. The only candidate for that is Bill Whelan. I don't know if they are doing an arrangement by him or what. Seems a bit old for Bill Whelan to have written it.

Brief: A humorous story about a man from Westmeath who wants a simple and happy life without struggle and strife... the answer to that is a single life with no intention of marriage or raising a family.

Joe Dolan: Born Joseph Francis Robert Dolan on 16th Oct, 1939 in Mullingar, Ireland. He was an Irish entertainer, recording artist, and pop singer. He was given the nickname of "The Roaring Hyena" because of his high singing voice. He was active from 1958 - 2007 and his music styles included pop, rock and country. He died on Dec 26, 2007 after a long bout of ill health finally succumbing to a massive intracerebral haemorrhage.

References:
Westmeath - a county in Ireland in the province of Leinster and part of the Midlands Region
raddle - a type of heavy makeup, crimson mostly, favoured by actresses and ladies of a certain profession
fizzhog - a person's face or expression
bog - wet muddy ground

Category: Fun Folk Song

Covers: Foster & Allen, Nathan Carter, The Sean O'Neill Band, Hugo Duncan, The Monday Men, Sibin, Breege Kelly Sound, Barnbrack , Johnny Carroll, Malachy Doris, Gary Gamble, Sean Wilson...

🍏 The Westmeath Bachelor is featured on the album The Best of Joe Dolan.

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