Maids When You're Young Never Wed an Old Man
The Dubliners Lyrics


Because he's got no faloorum, faliddle aye oorum
He's got no faloorum, faliddle aye ay
He's got no faloorum, he's lost his ding-doorum
So maids when you're young never wed an old man

An old man came courting me, hey ding-doorum down
An old man came courting me, me being young
An old man came courting me, fain he would marry me
Maids when you're young never wed an old man
Because he's got no faloorum, faliddle aye oorum
He's got no faloorum, faliddle aye ay
He's got no faloorum, he's lost his ding-doorum
So maids when you're young never wed an old man

When we went to church, hey ding-doorum down
When we went to church, me being young
When we went to church, he left me in the lurch
Maids when you're young never wed an old man

Because he's got no faloorum, faliddle aye oorum
He's got no faloorum, faliddle aye ay
He's got no faloorum, he's lost his ding-doorum
So maids when you're young never wed an old man

When we went to bed, hey ding-doorum down
When we went to bed, me being young
When we went to bed, he lay like he was dead
Maids when you're young never wed an old man

Because he's got no faloorum, faliddle aye oorum
He's got no faloorum, faliddle aye ay
He's got no faloorum, he's lost his ding-doorum
So maids when you're young never wed an old man

When he went to sleep, hey ding-doorum down
When he went to sleep, me being young
When he went to sleep, out of bed I did creep
Into the arms of a handsome young man

And I found his faloorum, faliddle aye oorum
I found his faloorum, faliddle aye ay
I found his faloorum, he's got my ding-doorum
So maids when you're young never wed an old man

Contributed by Nathaniel I. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
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Walter Taljaard

The father in law of my son left his wife of 35 years and got involved with a girl younger than his daughter.
Of course she ran off after she plundered his bank account and squandered his house behind his back and now he stays in his brothers summer house, drinking his falorum away and watching porn on a 12 yr. old laptop.

EyeLean5280

Can't say I'm shedding any tears for the guy.

dubinboston

me younglads teacher asked me and me wife to send in a CD of Irish music for st Patrick's day , ah no bother I thought , when I went through the disks I realised for the first time almost every Dubliners song is about prostitutes , getting drunk , sailors riding youngwans and lads bangin birds in the park , sent them in anyway to the boston kids and they loved the music as the lyrics went over their heads ,

sonyahannah

@Colin McDonald Concur about the menacing bit, but it's occasional rather than common. Country singers-songwriters Steve Goodman and John Prine handled the topic thus: one of them asserted that he had written the PERFECT country song; the other said it was not "the perfect country & western song
Because he hadn't said anything at all about mama
Or trains, or trucks, or prison, or getting' drunk." So, the one being reprimanded added a verse to make it "perfect":
"Well, I was drunk the day my mom got out of prison
And I went to pick her up in the rain
But before I could get to the station in my pickup truck
She got run over by a damned old train ."
[My own late mother LOVED this.]

Colin McDonald

@sonyahannah Dunno - much of it is distinctly menacing to ex-lovers, which Irish music isn't. And recalling struggles for liberation isn't exactly ominous, I'd have said.

sonyahannah

@Colin McDonald "Only shooting Black and Tans and their successors" still sounds ominous. And the country-and-western music to which I refer does NOT, on the whole, advocating "innocent teen civilians." IF it advocates shooting, the object of that shooting is "somebody who done somebody wrong."

Colin McDonald

​@sonyahannahThere's a difference - we only shoot Black and Tans and their successors, not innocent teen civilians.

charlene e

sounds like life growing up :) It all seemed such a norm

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EverythingIC

Reasons why I love the Irish. Durim, Fillurum, dailurum, dingdoorum. Need I say another?

languageoffootball

EverythingIC please would you direct me to a source which gives definitions of these terms? The Irish dictionaries I’ve checked don’t appear to contain these. I can see what they mean from the context but I’d like to see the origins etc. Go raibh maith agat.

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