Lanigan's Ball (II)
DESCRIPTION: Singer's wife died -- "nice and handy I got rid of her When she died I closed the lid of her" -- and he goes to Dublin or Magilligan to learn to the steps -- and comes back in time -- for Lanigan's Ball.
EARLIEST DATE: 1956 (OCroinin-Cronin)
KEYWORDS: marriage death dancing humorous wife
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (1 citation):
OCroinin-Cronin 80, "Lanigan's Ball" (2 texts, 1 tune)
cf. "I Hade a Wife" (first verse)
NOTES: OCroinin-Cronin first verse: I married a wife and got no good of her / Nice and handy I got rid of her / When she died I closed the lid on her/ Just in time for Lanigan's Ball. Pete Seeger "I Had a Wife" first verse: Well I had a wife and got no good of her / Here is how I easy got rid of her/ Took her out and chopped the head of her / Early in the morning. Per Seeger's liner notes, "a bloody bit of Irish balladry." - BS
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