Tom: G

Intro:  

G7 F G C 

1st Verse) 
      C                        
Oh my name it is Nell and the truth for to tell 
  F              C               Am      G 
I come from Cootehill which I'll never deny 
  C 
I had a fine drake and I'd die for his sake 
        F           C           G            C 
That me grandmother left me and she goin' to die 
    C                      F              C 
The dear little fellow his legs they were yellow 
         F          C          Am          G 
He could fly like a swallow or swim like a hake 
     C 
Till some dirty savage to grease his white cabbage 
     F        C           G         C 
Most wantonly murdered me beautiful drake 

2nd Verse 
        C 
Now his neck it was green almost fit to be seen 
       F         C            Am        G 
He was fit for a queen of the highest degree 
    C 
His body was white, and it would you delight 
       F               C         G          C 
He was plump, fat, and heavy and brisk as a bee 
       C                             F            C 
He was wholesome and sound, he would weigh twenty pound  
        F        C             Am           G 
And the universe round I would roam for his sake 
    C 
Bad luck to the robber be he drunk or sober 
     F             C          G         C 
That murdered Nell Flaherty's beautiful drake 

3rd Verse 
        C 
May his spade never dig, may his sow never pig 
         F           C           Am               G 
May each hair in his wig be well trashed with the flail  
       C 
My his door never latch, may his roof have no thatch 
        F           C              G            C 
May his turkeys not hatch, may the rats eat his meal  
    C                    F           C 
May every old fairy from Cork to Dun Laoghaire 
    F            C       Am       G 
Dip him snug and airy in river or lake 
         C 
That the eel and the trout they may dine on the snout 
       F            C             G          C 
Of the monster that murdered Nell Flaherty's drake 

4th Verse 
        C 
May his pig never grunt, may his cat never hunt 
      F          C             Am          G 
May a ghost ever haunt him the dead of the night 
        C 
May his hens never lay, may his horse never neigh 
        F         C           G         C 
May his coat fly away like an old paper kite 
         C                           F           C 
That the flies and the fleas may the wretch ever tease 
        F              C               Am         G 
May the piercin' March breeze make him shiver and shake  
      C 
May a lump of the stick raise the bumps fast and quick 
       F            C             G          C 
On the monster that murdered Nell Flaherty's drake 


5th Verse 
         C 
Well the only good news that I have to infuse 
        F         C                Am      G 
Is that old Paddy Hughes and young Anthony Blake  
  C 
Also Johnny Dwyer and Corney Maguire 
     F           C           G          C 
They each have a grandson of my darlin' drake 
    C                      F           C 
May treasure had dozens of nephews and cousins  
    F          C         Am            G 
And one I must get or me heart it will break  
       C 
For to set me mind easy or else I'll run crazy 
   F              C            G          C 
So ends the whole song of Nell Flaherty's drake 

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