THE ROAD TO BALLYBAY

THE ROAD TO BALLYBAY

“Is this the road to Ballybay?”

Sez I to Miss Magee;

“You’re leavin’ it behind you”

Sez Maryanne to me.

So I turned and walked beside her,

And ‘tis only fair to say

It was very pleasant walkin’

On the road to Ballybay.

Ballybay, Ballybay,

‘Twas a dark and winthry day,

But the sun was surely shinin’

On the road to Ballybay.

“Is this the road to fame and wealth?”

Sez I to Miss Magee;

“Ye’ve got the brains, ye’ve got the health,”

“But still want a comrade

To praise me an’ to blame,

An’ keep me from the traps hat’s laid

Upon the road to fame.”

Ballybay, Ballybay,

No man could go asthray

With a guide like her beside him

On the road to Ballybay.

“Is this the road to Paradise?”

Sez I to Miss Magee;

I’m thinkin’ that it might be,”

Sez Maryanne to me.

Oh, I saw the love-light leppin’

In a pair of roguish eyes,

An’ I knew we two were steppin’ on the road to Paradise.

Ballybay, Ballybay,

The birds are far away;

But our hearts they sang together

On the road to Ballybay.

(By kind permission of the Editor of The Lady of the House.)

French, Percy. (1980) ‘Prose, Poems & Parodies.’  Dublin, Helicon Limited