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Father Mallory's Dance

  • Jez Lowe

    Old Father McVeigh fair blesses the day
    Of the young priest's selection
    Not since God knows when there's full houses again
    And a decent collection
    And the old church hall floor is heaving once more
    With the Friday night band in full roar
    The girls are watching young Father Mallory dance

    It's plain and well known it's for him alone
    Their hearts are all pining
    And there's an almighty gasp when he loosens the clasp
    Of his collar stiff and shining
    With his neck bare and bold he hugs and he holds
    All the females over sixty years old
    The girls are watching young Father Mallory dance

    All the boys sit and stare, it's a hard cross they bear
    There's less jiming than jilting
    And the girls in fine show, they sit in a row
    Like wallflowers wilting
    The fellas fume and frustrate while the old women wait
    And the band crucifies Dire Straits
    The girls are watching young Father Mallory dance

    All chosen and chaste - my God, what a waste!
    Are there vows he would question?
    Or does he relish the test of each heaving breast
    Full of hope and suggestion?
    And when he finally speaks they all blush to their cheeks
    He says, See you all at confession next week
    The girls are watching young Father Mallory dance

    (as sung by Iain MacKintosh)

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