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The Rare Oul' Times

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Based on songs and stories heroes of renown.
Are the passing tales and glories, that once was Dublin town.
The hallowed halls and houses, the haunting children's rhymes.
That once was Dublin city in the rare old times.

Ring a-ring a-rosie as the light declines,
I remember Dublin city in the rare oul' times

My name it is Sean Dempsey as Dublin as can be
Born hard and late in Pimlico, in a house that ceased to be.
By trade I was a cooper, lost out to redundancy.
Like my house that fell to progress, my trade's a memory.

Ring a-ring a-rosie as the light declines,
I remember Dublin city in the rare oul' times

And I courted Peggy Dignan as pretty as you please,
A rogue and child of Mary from the rebel Liberties.
I lost her to a student chap, with skin as black as coal.
When he took her off to Birmingham, she took away my soul.

Ring a-ring a-rosie as the light declines,
I remember Dublin city in the rare oul' times

The years have made me bitter the gargle dims my brain,
Because Dublin keeps on changing, and nothing seems the same.
The Pillar and the Met have gone, the Royal long since pulled down,
As the gray unyielding concrete, makes a city of my town.

Ring a-ring a-rosie as the light declines,
I remember Dublin city in the rare oul' times

Fare thee well sweet Anna Liffey I can no longer stay,
And watch the new glass cages, that spring up along the Quay.
My mind's too full of memories, too old to hear new chimes,
I'm part of what was Dublin, in the rare old times.

Ring a-ring a-rosie as the light declines,
I remember Dublin city in the rare oul' times

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{C}Based on songs and {F}stories {C}he{Am}roes of {F}renown.
Are the {C}passing {Em}tales and {F}glories, that {G}once was Dublin town.
The {C}hallowed {F}halls and {C}houses, the {Am}haunting children's {F}rhymes.
That {C}once was {Em}Dublin city {F}in the {G7}rare old {C}times.

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