Song Lyrics

Here’s to the Ronnie, the voice we adore
Like coals from a coal bucket scraping the floor
Sing out his praises in music and malt
And if you’re not Irish, that isn’t your fault

Raise up our voices like dogs in a pack
Thankful for honest men, we never lack
We got ‘em by twenties, we got ‘em by ones
Them and their daughters and all of their sons

Hey! Brobadobadingnag
Hey! Brobadobadingnag

Here’s to you / Hey! / Ronnie Drew / Hey!
Here’s to you / Hey! / Ronnie Drew / Hey!
Ronnie Drew / Hey! Hey! / we love you, yes we do
Here’s to you, Ronnie Drew, here’s to you

And what’s it to any man whether or no’
Whether I’m easy or whether I’m true
As I lifted her petticoat easy and slow
And I tied up me sleeve for to buckle her shoe

Get up and go at it five until five
When the whistle says beat it, we’ll come back alive
He’ll sing to the heavens, he’s stormy as hell
And wherever he goes, we’ll be wishing him well

Hey! Brobadobadingnag
Hey! Brobadobadingnag

Here’s to you / Hey! / Ronnie Drew / Hey!
Here’s to you / Hey! / Ronnie Drew / Hey!
Ronnie Drew / Hey! / Ronnie Drew, we love you, yes we do
Here’s to you, Ronnie Drew, here’s to you

The dawn and the dust, the unwise, the unjust
Kids in gangland games
The unheard, the unseen, the unwashed, and the clean
Where the streets all have names
Baggot Street, Leeson Street, right on to Stephen’s Green
Lovers and loners who can hear all intoners
The gods and the ravers, immigrants and traders
Sing out Ronnie…

An eye for an eye or a hand for a hand
Trust in the music, strike up the band
The more that we sing, the less that we fight
Time and again this is proved to be right

Build you a statue on St. Stephen’s Green
No fairer monument e’re to be seen
The statue of Ronnie Drew holding the hand
Of a girl with her hair in a black velvet band

Hey! Brobadobadingnag
Hey! Brobadobadingnag

Here’s to you, Ronnie Drew (No stranger to devils or angels tell)
Here’s to you, Ronnie Drew (A friend of a friend of a friend, and a, a friend to you)
Ronnie Drew (Ronnie Drew), we love you, yes we do
Here’s to you, Ronnie Drew (Ronnie Drew), here’s to you (here’s to you)
Here’s to you, Ronnie Drew, here’s to you (Ronnie Drew)
Here’s to you, Ronnie Drew, here’s to you (Ronnie Drew)

What’s it to any man whether or no’
Whether I’m easy or whether I’m true
And as she lifted her petticoat easy and slow
And I rolled up my sleeve for to buckle her shoe

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