Thankyou Ma’am, Says Dan

Play recording: Thankyou Ma’am, Says Dan

view / hide recording details [+/-]

  • Teideal (Title): Thankyou Ma’am, Says Dan.
  • Uimhir Chatalóige Ollscoil Washington (University of Washington Catalogue Number): 843503.
  • Uimhir Chnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann (National Folklore of Ireland Number): none.
  • Uimhir Roud (Roud Number): 3044.
  • Uimhir Laws (Laws Number): none.
  • Uimhir Child (Child Number): none.
  • Cnuasach (Collection): Joe Heaney Collection, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Teanga na Croímhíre (Core-Item Language): English.
  • Catagóir (Category): song.
  • Ainm an té a thug (Name of Informant): Joe Heaney.
  • Ainm an té a thóg (Name of Collector): Sonia Tamar Seeman.
  • Dáta an taifeadta (Recording Date): 1983.
  • Suíomh an taifeadta (Recording Location): University of Washington, United States of America.
  • Ocáid an taifeadta (Recording Occasion): private.
  • Daoine eile a bhí i láthair (Others present): unavailable.
  • Stádas chóipcheart an taifeadta (Recording copyright status): unavailable.

‘What brought you to my house, my house, my house,
What brought you to my house?’ said the missus unto Dan.
‘I came here to court your daughter, Ma’am, I thought it was no harm, Ma’am!’
‘Oh Dan, my dear, you’re welcome here!’ ‘Thank you, Ma’am,’ says Dan.

‘How came you to know my daughter, my daughter, my daughter,
How came you to know my daughter?’ says the missus unto Dan.
‘Going to the well for water, Ma’am, to raise the can I taught her, Ma’am!’
‘Oh Danny, you’re the clever one!’ ‘Thank you Ma’am,’ says Dan.

‘She’s a darling girl, your daughter, your daughter, your daughter,
She’s a darling girl, your daughter, and I like her well,’ says Dan.
‘She’s a girl that’s fit for any man, and has a grá for you, dear Dan,
Oh Dan, my dear, you’re welcome here!’ ‘Thank you, Ma’am,’ says Dan.

‘Oh you can have my daughter, my daughter, my daughter,
You can have my daughter’, says the missus unto Dan,
‘But when you take my daughter, Dan, of course you’ll take me also Dan.
Oh, Danny dear, you’re welcome here!’ ‘Thank you Ma’am’ says Dan.

This couple they were married, married, married,
This couple they were married, Miss Elizabeth and Dan;
And now he keeps her mother, her father and her brother.
‘Oh, Danny, you’re the lucky one!’ ‘I wonder now,’ says Dan.

Notes

Note the sound of page-turning between the last two verses. It seems likely that Joe sang this from a printed source.