BOLD DENIS McCARTHY
Words: Trad. Music: Tom Walsh
A STOWAWAY, WHEN DISCOVERED AND THREATENED, BEAT UP HALF THE CREW AND WHEN THIS WAS BROUGHT TO THE CAPTAINíS ATTENTION, HE SAW THE POTENTIAL OF THIS MAN AS A PRIZE FIGHTER. BUT ALAS, TO THE CAPTAINíS DISPLEASURE, MCMCARTHY JUMPS SHIP NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN.
Come all you true born Irishmen a story i will tell
Concerning Denis McCarthy in Liverpool did dwell.
ĎTwas down the northern docks one day he happened for to stray,
On a western ocean steamboat he stowed himself away
After four long days and four long nights in the locker he was found,
The ship was on the Atlantic waves far from any ground.
They up they brought McCarthy he was hungry stiff and sore
But ready to fight any son of a gun on the City of Baltimore.
The mate he came upon the deck and to the crew did say.
Where is that Irish spalpeen who stowed himself away.
Iím here said bold McCarthy and as Iíve said before
Iíll fight any man thatís fore or aft the City of Baltimore.
The mate he being a cowardly man, before him wouldnít stand.
McCarthy being a smart man twas at the mate he ran
And with one flake of his brawny fist this bucko he did lower
And stretched him senseless on the deck of the City of Baltimore
The second mate and bosun came to the mateís relief.
McCarthy with a capstan bar he soon made them retreat.
His Irish blood began to boil and like a lion did roar,
Saying skin and hair will fly this day on the City of Baltimore.
On the deck the captain came to see what might ensue.
A fighting man of such stature in Boston he would rule
And thinking of that money, saying heíd go to sea no more.
McCarthy became the envy of city of Baltimore.
Then to Newfoundland they go all on the ocean green.
Now said Denis McCarthy thereís a land Iíve never seen.
Goodbye said he my shipmates all for Iím going ashore,
To seek my fame but remember me on the City of Baltimore.
So he packed his scanty grip and the plank did go.
They saw him plant his sturdy legs and looking to and fro.
He turned and waved his strong right arm a stranger on that shore
And thatís the last they heard of him on the City of Baltimore.