Well, here I am from Paddy's land, a land of high renown
I've broke the hearts of all the girls for miles round Keady town
And when they hear that I'm awa' they'll raise a hullabaloo
When they hear about that handsome lad they call O'Donahue!
For I'm the boy to please her, and I'm the boy to tease her
I'm the boy to squeeze her, an' I'll tell you what I'll do
I'll court her like an Irishman, wi' me brogue and blarney too is me plan
With the holligan, rolligan, swolligan, molligan bold O`Donahue!*
I wish me love was a red, red rose growing on yon garden wall
And me to be a dewdrop and upon her brow I'd fall!
Perhaps now she might think of me as a rather heavy dew
And no more she'd love that handsome lad they call O'Donahue!
I hear that Queen Victoria has a daughter fine and grand
Perhaps she'd take it into her head for to marry an Irishman
And if I could only get the chance to have a word or two
I'm sure she'd take a notion to the bold O'Donahue!
*Alternate version of this line: "With the rollikin swollikin hollikin wollikin bold O'Donahue!"