Barney and Katie

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By Desmond Ryan and F. N. Crouch (public domain)

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Twas a cold winter night and the tempest was snarlin'
The snow like a sheet covered cabin and sty
When Barney flew over the hills to his darlin'
And tapped at her window where Katie did lie

Jewel, said he, are ye sleepin' or wakin'
The night's bitter cold and my coat it is thin
The storm is a brewin', the frost is a bakin'
Katie mavourneen, you must let me in

Barney, said she, and she spoke at the window
How can ye be takin' me out of my bed?
To come at this time is a sin and a shame, too
It's whiskey not love that's got into your head

If your heart it was pure of my fame you'd be tender
Consider the time and there's nobody in
What has a poor girl but her name to defend her?
No, Barney mavourneen, I won't let you in

Acushla, said he, it's my eye is a fountain
That weeps for the wrong I might lay at your door
Your name is as a white as the snow on the mountain
Barney would die to preserve it as pure

I'll go to my home though the winter winds face me
I'll whistle them off, for I'm happy within
The words of my Katie will comfort and bless me
"Barney mavourneen, I won't let you in"

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from Small Fish, released November 15, 2011

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