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The Rocky Road to Dublin
The High Kings Lyrics


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In the merry month of June from me home I started
Left the girls of Tuam nearly broken hearted
Saluted Father dear, kissed me darling mother
Drank a pint of beer, me grief and tears to smother
Then off to reap the corn, leave where I was born
Cut a stout blackthorn to banish ghosts and goblins
A brand new pair of brogues, rattlin' o'er the bogs
Frightenin' all the dogs on the rocky road to Dublin

One two three four five
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin, Whack fol lol le rah!

In Mullingar that night I rested limbs so weary
Started by daylight me spirits bright and airy
Took a drop of the pure
Keep me heart from sinking
That's the Paddy's cure whenever he's on drinking
To see the lassies smile, laughing all the while
At me curious style, 'twould set your heart a bubblin'
An' asked if I was hired, wages I required
'Till I was nearly tired of the rocky road to Dublin

One two three four five
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin, Whack fol lol le rah!

In Dublin next arrived, I thought it such a pity
To be soon deprived a view of that fine city
Well then I took a stroll, all among the quality
Bundle it was stole, all in a neat locality
Something crossed me mind, when I looked behind
No bundle could I find upon me stick a wobblin'
Enquiring for the rogue, said me Connaught brogue
Wasn't much in vogue on the rocky road to Dublin

One two three four five
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin, Whack fol lol le rah!

From there I got away, me spirits never falling
Landed on the quay, just as the ship was sailing
The Captain at me roared, said that no room had he
When I jumped aboard, a cabin found for Paddy
Down among the pigs, played some funny rigs
Danced some hearty jigs, the water round me bubbling
When off Holyhead wished meself was dead
Or better far instead
On the rocky road to Dublin

One two three four five
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin, Whack fol lol le rah!

The boys of Liverpool, when we safely landed
Called meself a fool, I could no longer stand it
Blood began to boil, temper I was losing
Poor old Erin's isle they began abusing
"Hurrah me soul!" says I, me shillelagh I let fly
Some Galway boys were nigh and saw I was a hobble in
With a loud "Hurray!" joined in the affray
We quickly cleared the way for the rocky road to Dublin

One two three four five
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin, Whack fol lol le rah!

Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin, Whack fol lol le rah!
Whack fol lol le rah!
Whack fol lol le rah!

Overall Meaning

The opening lyrics of The High Kings' "The Rocky Road to Dublin" speak of a journey undertaken by the singer. As he leaves home in the merry month of June, he salutes his father and mother and drinks a pint of beer to alleviate his sense of grief and tears. The journey he undertakes is filled with adventure and somewhat perilous, as he cuts a stout blackthorn to keep the ghosts and goblins at bay, brandishing a brand new pair of brogues that rattle over the bog and frighten all the dogs on his way to Dublin. The chorus invites listeners to follow along with the narrative as the hunt for the Hare on the rocky road to Dublin proceeds, and the journey takes the singer through various parts of Ireland, where he rests his weary limbs by night and takes a drop of the pure to keep his spirits bright and airy by day. Along the way, he finds himself embroiled in a tussle as he searches for a stolen bundle and barely catches a ship in time to avoid being left behind. The song ends with the singer feeling such a strong sense of affinity for Ireland that he fights back against those who insult it, with some assistance from the Galway boys.


Line by Line Meaning

In the merry month of June from me home I started
I started my journey in the merry month of June from my home


Left the girls of Tuam nearly broken hearted
I left the girls of Tuam who were almost heartbroken


Saluted Father dear, kissed me darling mother
I greeted my dear father and kissed my darling mother


Drank a pint of beer, me grief and tears to smother
I drank a pint of beer to suppress my grief and tears


Then off to reap the corn, leave where I was born
I left my birthplace to harvest the corn


Cut a stout blackthorn to banish ghosts and goblins
I cut a strong blackthorn to keep away ghosts and goblins


A brand new pair of brogues, rattlin' o'er the bogs
I wore a new pair of shoes and walked noisily over the bogs


Frightenin' all the dogs on the rocky road to Dublin
My loud walking scared all the dogs on my way to Dublin


One two three four five
Counting to start a song or a chant


Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
Playing a traditional Irish game of chasing a hare and turning it down the rocky road


And all the way to Dublin, Whack fol lol le rah!
The journey continued to Dublin with a traditional Irish chant


In Mullingar that night I rested limbs so weary
That night in Mullingar, I rested my tired limbs


Started by daylight me spirits bright and airy
I started my journey early in the morning with high spirits


Took a drop of the pure
I had a drink of Irish whiskey


Keep me heart from sinking
It prevented my heart from becoming heavy or sad


That's the Paddy's cure whenever he's on drinking
It's a common cure for an Irishman's drinking problem


To see the lassies smile, laughing all the while
I enjoyed seeing the girls laugh and smile as I walked past them


At me curious style, 'twould set your heart a bubblin'
My unique mannerisms were interesting and could make your heart race


An' asked if I was hired, wages I required
They asked if I was employed and how much I was paid


'Till I was nearly tired of the rocky road to Dublin
I was asked this so often that I grew tired of being on the rocky road to Dublin


In Dublin next arrived, I thought it such a pity
When I arrived in Dublin, I thought it was a pity


To be soon deprived a view of that fine city
I wasn't able to see the fine city for very long


Well then I took a stroll, all among the quality
I went for a walk among the upper-class people


Bundle it was stole, all in a neat locality
Someone stole my bundle in a neat area


Something crossed me mind, when I looked behind
I had a thought when I looked back


No bundle could I find upon me stick a wobblin'
I couldn't find my bundle which was attached to my stick that was shaking


Enquiring for the rogue, said me Connaught brogue
I asked around for the thief and my accent from Connaught gave me away


Wasn't much in vogue on the rocky road to Dublin
Being from Connaught wasn't very popular on the rocky road to Dublin


From there I got away, me spirits never falling
I left there quickly and didn't let my spirits fall


Landed on the quay, just as the ship was sailing
I arrived at the pier just as the ship was about to sail


The Captain at me roared, said that no room had he
The Captain shouted at me, saying there was no more room


When I jumped aboard, a cabin found for Paddy
But when I boarded the ship, a cabin was found for me


Down among the pigs, played some funny rigs
I played some amusing tricks while staying with the pigs


Danced some hearty jigs, the water round me bubbling
I danced happily as the water swirled around me


When off Holyhead wished meself was dead
When we reached Holyhead, I wished I was dead


Or better far instead
Or anything better instead


On the rocky road to Dublin
Because of the hardships on the rocky road to Dublin


The boys of Liverpool, when we safely landed
When we safely landed, the boys of Liverpool greeted us


Called meself a fool, I could no longer stand it
They called me a fool and I couldn't take it anymore


Blood began to boil, temper I was losing
I was becoming angry and losing my temper


Poor old Erin's Isle they began abusing
They began to insult Ireland, the poor old Erin's Isle


"Hurrah me soul!" says I, me shillelagh I let fly
I shouted 'Hurrah!' and swung my shillelagh


Some Galway boys were nigh and saw I was a hobble in
Some Galway boys were nearby and saw I was struggling


With a loud "Hurray!" joined in the affray
They shouted 'Hurray!' and joined the fight


We quickly cleared the way for the rocky road to Dublin
Together, we quickly cleared the way on the rocky road to Dublin


Whack fol lol le rah!
A traditional Irish chant to end the song




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Written by: D.K. Gavan

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@BruceWayne-oc7dn

LYRICS !!!

In the merry month of June from me home I started
Left the girls of Tuam nearly broken hearted
Saluted Father dear, kissed me darling mother
Drank a pint of beer, me grief and tears to smother
Then off to reap the corn, leave where I was born
Cut a stout blackthorn to banish ghosts and goblins
A brand new pair of brogues, rattlin' o'er the bogs
Frightenin' all the dogs on the rocky road to Dublin
One two three four five
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin, Whack fol lol le rah!
In Mullingar that night I rested limbs so weary
Started by daylight me spirits bright and airy
Took a drop of the pure
Keep me heart from sinking
That's the Paddy's cure whenever he's on drinking
To see the lassies smile, laughing all the while
At me curious style, 'twould set your heart a bubblin'
An' asked if I was hired, wages I required
'Till I was nearly tired of the rocky road to Dublin
One two three four five
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin, Whack fol lol le rah!
In Dublin next arrived, I thought it such a pity
To be soon deprived a view of that fine city
Well then I took a stroll, all among the quality
Bundle it was stole, all in a neat locality
Something crossed me mind, when I looked behind
No bundle could I find upon me stick a wobblin'
Enquiring for the rogue, said me Connaught brogue
Wasn't much in vogue on the rocky road to Dublin
One two three four five
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin, Whack fol lol le rah!
From there I got away, me spirits never falling
Landed on the quay, just as the ship was sailing
The Captain at me roared, said that no room had he
When I jumped aboard, a cabin found for Paddy
Down among the pigs, played some funny rigs
Danced some hearty jigs, the water round me bubbling
When off Holyhead wished meself was dead
Or better far instead
On the rocky road to Dublin
One two three four five
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin, Whack fol lol le rah!
The boys of Liverpool, when we safely landed
Called meself a fool, I could no longer stand it
Blood began to boil, temper I was losing
Poor old Erin's isle they began abusing
"Hurrah me soul!" says I, me shillelagh I let fly
Some Galway boys were nigh and saw I was a hobble in
With a loud "Hurray!" joined in the affray
We quickly cleared the way for the rocky road to Dublin
One two three four five
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin, Whack fol lol le rah!
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin, Whack fol lol le rah!
Whack fol lol le rah!
Whack fol lol le rah!



@katerinaaqu

I have the impression that there are three things no one is gonna beat Irish people at
1. Drinking
2. Long breaths
3. Tongue twisters
I mean what on earth they are not even confusing the lyrics! Hahaha

Amazing all of them! And I loved how the crowd began clapping from the beginning of this song! The coordination they show is great and I love it how they are not just singing but they are interpreting it; they transfer the livelihood to people!
Amazing. I would love to see them live!

EDIT: Guys...it's a joke for those who keep saying like "these are like that" or "those are like that" this is a humorous comment like you guys need to chill a bit 😑 it is a humorous YouTube comment not world history commentary...
Of course other nations have a lot too...



@EndlessSummer888

Then block his blind jab.
Counter with cross to left cheek.
Discombobulate.
Dazed, he will attempt wild haymaker.
Employ elbow block and body shot.
Block feral left. Weaken right jaw, then fracture.
Break cracked ribs.
Traumatize solar plexus.
Dislocate jaw entirely.
Heel kick to diaphragm.
- In summary: ears ringing, jaw fractured, 3 ribs cracked, 4 broken, diaphragm hemorrhaging. Estimated physical recovery - six weeks. Full psychological recovery - six months.
(And no, I did not type this as I listened to the scene. I did it from memory).



@norbutsering3116

Lyrics
In the merry month of June from me home I started
Left the girls of Tuam nearly broken hearted
Saluted Father dear, kissed me darling mother
Drank a pint of beer, me grief and tears to smother
Then off to reap the corn, leave where I was born
Cut a stout blackthorn to banish ghosts and goblins
A brand new pair of brogues, rattlin' o'er the bogs
Frightenin' all the dogs on the rocky road to Dublin
One two three four five
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin, Whack fol lol le rah!
In Mullingar that night I rested limbs so weary
Started by daylight me spirits bright and airy
Took a drop of the pure
Keep me heart from sinking
That's the Paddy's cure whenever he's on drinking
To see the lassies smile, laughing all the while
At me curious style, 'twould set your heart a bubblin'
An' asked if I was hired, wages I required
'Till I was nearly tired of the rocky road to Dublin
One two three four five
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin, Whack fol lol le rah!
In Dublin next arrived, I thought it such a pity
To be soon deprived a view of that fine city
Well then I took a stroll, all among the quality
Bundle it was stole, all in a neat locality
Something crossed me mind, when I looked behind
No bundle could I find upon me stick a wobblin'
Enquiring for the rogue, said me Connaught brogue
Wasn't much in vogue on the rocky road to Dublin
One two three four five
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin, Whack fol lol le rah!
From there I got away, me spirits never falling
Landed on the quay, just as the ship was sailing
The Captain at me roared, said that no room had he
When I jumped aboard, a cabin found for Paddy
Down among the pigs, played some funny rigs
Danced some hearty jigs, the water round me bubbling
When off Holyhead wished meself was dead
Or better far instead
On the rocky road to Dublin
One two three four five
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin, Whack fol lol le rah!
The boys of Liverpool, when we safely landed
Called meself a fool, I could no longer stand it
Blood began to boil, temper I was losing
Poor old Erin's isle they began abusing
"Hurrah me soul!" says I, me shillelagh I let fly
Some Galway boys were nigh and saw I was a hobble in
With a loud "Hurray!" joined in the affray
We quickly cleared the way for the rocky road to Dublin
One two three four five
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin, Whack fol lol le rah!
Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road
And all the way to Dublin, Whack fol lol le rah!
Whack fol lol le rah!
Whack fol lol le rah!



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@sergio.h1985

This song makes me really proud to be Irish... Though I am a 35 year old man from Lebanon

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