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A fun song that talks about a day at the races and all of the fun and fancy that comes along with it.

Galway Races

As I rode to Galway Town to seek for recreation,
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 On the 17th of August, me mind being elevated,
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 There were multitudes assembled with their tickets at the station,
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 My eyes began to dazzle and I'm going to see the races,

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 With me Whack, Fol-da-da, Fol-da-diddly-ida- day.

 There were passengers from Limerick and more from Tipperary,
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 Boys from Connemara and a flair of married ladies,
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 People from Cork City who were loyal, true and faithful,
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 Who brought home the Fenian prisoners from dying in foreign nations.

 It's there you'll see the pipers and the fiddlers competing,
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 The nimble-footed dancers a-tripping o'er the daisies,
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 There were others crying cigars and likes, and bills for all the races,
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 With the colours of the jockeys and the price and horses ages.


 It's there you'll see the jockeys and they're mounted out so stately,
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 The pink, the blue, the orange and green, the emblem of our nation,
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 When the bell was rung for starting, all the horses seemed impatient,
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 I thought they never stood on ground their speed was so amazing.


 There was half a million people there from all denominations,
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 The Catholic, the Protestant, the Jew and Presbyterian,
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 There was yet no animosity, no matter what persuasion,
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 But sportsman hospitality and induce fresh acquaintance.