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Marrowbones (Tipping It Up to Nancy)

from Neat Little Still: The Authorized Bootlegs, Vol. 1 by Patrick Clifford

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Recorded live, at Mannion's Irish Pub in Somerville NJ, on January 21, 2011.


There's been a woman in our town
A woman you ought know well
She loved her husband dearly
And another man twice as well

With me right finnickineerio
Me tip finnick a wall
With me right finnickineerio
We're tipping it up to Nancy

She went down to the chemist's shop
Some remedies for to buy
"Have you anything in your chemist shop
To make me old man blind?"

"Give him eggs and marrowbones
And make him suck them all
Before he has the last one sucked
He won't see you at all."

So she gave him eggs and marrowbones
She made him suck them all
Before he had the last one sucked
He couldn't see her at all

"If in this world I cannot see
Then here I cannot stay.
I'd drown myself in the river!"
"Come on" says she, “I'll show you the way."

She led him to the river
She led him to the brim
But sly enough of Martin
It was him that shoved her in

She swam through the river
She swam through the brine
"Oh Martin, dear Martin
Don't leave your wife behind."

"Yerra shut up outa that ye silly aul fool
Don't ye know poor Martin is blind?"

There's nine in me family
And none of them is me own
I wish that each and every man
Would come and claim his own.


from Neat Little Still: The Authorized Bootlegs, Vol. 1, track released January 21, 2011
Patrick Clifford: Vocals and guitar
Peter Kane: Fiddle
Randy Decker: Percussion, vocals


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Patrick Clifford New York, New York

Patrick Clifford is an Irish-American musician, songwriter, and producer.

He performs and records Irish traditional standards; skillfully crafted original songs and compositions; and discerning covers of contemporary Irish and American songwriters such as Pete St. John, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen.

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