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BIRTHDAY OF ST. PATRICK (Lover / Moffatt) Leo McCaffrey On the eighth day of March it was, some people say That Saint Patrick at midnight, he first saw the day While others declare 'twas the ninth he was born But 'twas all a mistake between midnight and morn Mistakes will occur in a hurry and shock While some blamed the baby and some blamed the clock Till with all their cross questions, sure no one could know If the clock was too fast or the child was too slow Now the first faction fight in old Ireland, they say It was all on account of Saint Patrick's birthday Some fought for the eighth, for the ninth more would die And who wouldn't see right, sure they blackened his eye Till at last both the factions so positive grew They each kept a birthday, so Pat then had two Till Father Mulcahy, who showed them their sins Said no one could have two birthdays, but twins Says he, "Boys, don't be fighting for eight or for nine Don't be always dividing, sometimes combine Combine eight with nine, seventeen is the mark So let that be his birthday". "Amen" says the clerk If he wasn't a twin, sure our history will show That at least he's worth any two saints that we know Then we all got blind drunk, which completed our bliss And we keep up the practice from that day to this (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - November 2006)

    


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