Molly Malone

This song, which is also known as Cockles and Mussels, is the unofficial anthem of Dublin City. It was first published in about 1880 and was written by James Yorkston of Edinburgh. There are also versions of this song in Irish and in Manx.

In Dublin's fair city
Where the girls are so pretty
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone
As she wheeled her wheelbarrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying, 'Cockles and mussels, alive alive oh!'

Chorus
Alive-a-live-oh!Alive-a-live-oh!
Crying, 'Cockles and mussels, alive alive oh!'

She was a fishmonger
And sure 'twas no wonder
For so were her mother and father before
And they each wheeled their wheelbarrows
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying, 'Cockles and mussels, alive, alive oh!'

Chorus

She died of a fever
And no one could save her
And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone
Now her ghost wheels her barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying, 'Cockles and mussels, alive, alive oh!'

Chorus

I learnt this song at the Irish Songs and Singing class at the Hammersmith Irish Centre in London.

This song can be heard on the following album:

Links

Video of the Dubliners singing this song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdxLxnhGnvo

Different versions of this song
http://celtichorizon.tripod.com/id56.html
http://sniff.numachi.com/pages/tiGLNSFEN;ttGLNSFEN.html

Information about this song
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molly_Malone
http://homepage.eircom.net/~seanjmurphy/irhismys/molly.htm

Other songs in English | Songs in other languages


Green Web Hosting - Kualo

Why not share this page:

 

If you need to type in many different languages, the Q International Keyboard can help. It enables you to type almost any language that uses the Latin, Cyrillic or Greek alphabets, and is free.

If you like this site and find it useful, you can support it by making a donation via PayPal or Patreon, or by contributing in other ways. Omniglot is how I make my living.

 

Note: all links on this site to Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.fr are affiliate links. This means I earn a commission if you click on any of them and buy something. So by clicking on these links you can help to support this site.