Maidrin Rua (Tell Me Ma)
Popular with: Athral Isle
Unpopular/Unknown with: NA
Notes: A traditional Athral Song, sung by groups of young people as a part of festival dances. Generally, the singers will pick out a boy and a girl and insert their names into the song, much to their amusement- or embarrasment.
I'll tell me ma when I go home,
The boys won't leave the girls alone,
They pull my hair, they steal my comb,
But that's all right till I go home,
She is handsome, she is pretty,
She is the belle of Malden city,
She is me cailín, one, two, three,
Pray, won't you tell me, who is he?
(Name of boy) says he loves her,
All the boys are fighting for her,
Knock at the door and ring the bell,
Singing 'my true love, are you well?'
Out she comes as white as snow,
Rings on her fingers, bells on her toes,
Our (name of girl) says she'll die,
If she doesn't get the fellow with the roving eye,
Let the wind and the snow and the hail blow high,
and a fog come tumbling through the sky,
She's as sweet as apple pie,
She'll get her own lad by and by,
When she gets a lad of her own,
She won't tell her ma when she gets home,
Let them all come as they will,
For it's (name of boy) she loves still!