My Son Ted
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Missus McGrath lived near the seashore for the space of seven long years or more
When she spied a ship coming into the bay: "This is my son Teddy, d'ye clear the way"

Wisha ring dong da, ringa dongada,
Ring dong daddy, wisha ring dong da

When Ted he landed without any legs and in their place there was two wooden pegs
And when she kissed him a dozen or two, saying: "Blood, now, Ted, can this be you?"

Wisha ring dong da, ringa dongada,
Ring dong daddy, wisha ring dong da

"Oh, Ted a graw, were you drunk or blind when you left your two fine legs behind?
Or was it walking across the sea, you threw your two fine legs away?"

Wisha ring dong da, ringa dongada,
Ring dong daddy, wisha ring dong da

"Oh, no, I was not drunk or blind when I left my two fine legs behind
But a cannonball in the fourth of May swept me two fine legs away"

Wisha ring dong da, ringa dongada,
Ring dong daddy, wisha ring dong da

"Oh, Ted a graw, why weren't you cute and run away from the Frenchman's shoot?
isn't my son Ted is in it at all, because he'd run from a cannonball"

Wisha ring dong da, ringa dongada,
Ring dong daddy, wisha ring dong da

"Now foreign wars I do proclaim between Don John and the king of Spain
I'd rather have my Teddy as he used to be than the king of France and his whole navy"

Wisha ring dong da, ringa dongada,
Ring dong daddy, wisha ring dong da