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Posted by Murrisk on August 19, 2001 at 02:13:32:

I was never at the pub but I heard this
about Joseph McHugh many years ago on a
cassette entitled "Memories of Clare".

Come all ye young fellows who travel the land
In search of the craic with guitar in your hand
Go down to Liscannor in the county of Clare
You'll find a pub in it thats ever so rare
Go into McHugh's at the centre of town
You'll get a warm welcome from Joe 'talk it down'
The one legged canary will sing how yado
In the seven day licence of Joseph McHugh

You'll meet men from Mohar, Lisdún and Raheen
Judges from Lahinch and an odd beauty queen
A tinker from Kerry drops in for a glass
A box of rat poison and oats for his ass
Joe strolls up the bar like a captain on deck
well he don't tip his hat and he don't give a reck
If your Irish or Spanish or Russian or Jew
You'll get a warm welcome from Joseph McHugh

He sells streaky bacon all covered in salt
To ward of blue bottles from making a halt
He has cups for coursing some say thats not fair
For Liscannor is famous for chasing the hare
He's a batchelor gay on the market I hear
He may make a move by the end of the year
But if the greyhound has pups you can say tiraloo
For he'll never get married then Joseph McHugh

So there you have it the song I declare
About that small pub in the sweet county Clare
Where time has stood still and the old ways remain
And they laugh at computers and mad college brains
So if your in trouble-find yourself in a jam
Want a wife or a greyhound or a half pound of ham
You can do a lot worse the truth I tell you
Than call on Liscannor and Joseph McHugh

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