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Traditional Irish
  1. In the sweet County Limerick one cold winter's night
    All the turf fires were burning when I first saw the light
    And a drunken oul midwife went tipsy with joy
    As she danced round the floor with her slip of a boy
    Singing bainne na mbo is an gamhna
    And the juice of the barley for me
  2. Well when I was a gossoon of eight years or so
    With me turf and me primer to school I did go
    To a dusty old schoolhouse without any door
    Where lay the schoolmaster blind drunk on the floor
    Singing bainne na mbo is an gamhna
    And the juice of the barley for me
  3. At the learning I wasn't such a genius I'm thinkin'
    But I soon beat the master entirely at drinkin'
    Not a wake or a wedding for five miles around
    But meself in the corner was sure to be found
    Singing bainne na mbo is an gamhna
    And the juice of the barley for me
  4. One Sunday the priest read me out from the altar
    Saying You'll end up your days with your neck in a halter
    And you'll dance a fine jig between heaven and hell
    And his words they frighten me, truth for to tell
    Singing bainne na mbo is an gamhna
    And the juice of the barley for me
  5. So the very next morning as the dawn it did break
    I went down to the vestry the pledge for to take
    And there in that room sat the priests in a bunch
    Round a big roaring fire drinking tumblers of punch
    Singing bainne na mbo is an gamhna
    And the juice of the barley for me
  6. Well from that day to this I have wandered alone
    I'm a jack of all trades and a master of none
    With the sky for me roof and the earth for me floor
    And I'll dance out me days drinking whiskey galore
    Singing bainne na mbo is an gamhna
    And the juice of the barley for me

First line of the chorus is Gaelic meaning 'the milk of the cows and the calf' Pronounced 'bawn-ya na mo is (as in this) an gown-na'