Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye

While goin' the road to sweet Athy, ha-roo, ha-roo,
While goin' the road to sweet Athy, ha-roo, ha-roo,
While goin' the road to sweet Athy, a stick in me hand and a tear in me eye,
A doleful damsel I heard cry, "Johnny, I hardly knew ye."

chorus
With your guns and drums and drums and guns, ha-roo, ha-roo,
With your guns and drums and drums and guns, ha-roo, ha-roo,
With your guns and drums and drums and guns, the enemy nearly slew ye,
My darlin'dear, you look so queer, Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

Where are the eyes that looked so mild, ha-roo, ha-roo,
Where are the eyes that looked so mild, ha-roo, ha-roo,
Where are the eyes that looked so mild, when my poor heart you first beguiled,
Why did you skedaddle from me and the child, Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

Where are the legs with which you run, ha-roo, ha-roo,
Where are the legs with which you run, ha-roo, ha-roo,
Where are the legs with which you run, when first you went to carry a gun,
Indeed, your dancin' days are done, Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

For you haven't an arm and you haven't a leg, ha-roo, ha-roo,
For you haven't an arm and you haven't a leg, ha-roo, ha-roo,
For you haven't an arm and you haven't a leg, you're an eyeless, noseless, chickenless egg,
You'd have to be put in a bowl to beg, Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

But I'm happy for to see you home, ha-roo, ha-roo,
But I'm happy for to see you home, ha-roo, ha-roo
But I'm happy for to see you home, all from the island of Ceylon,
So low in the flesh, so high in the bone, Johnny, I hardly knew ye. chorus

As performed on the recording:
Bedlam Boys

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