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Delaneys Donkey

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Delaneys Donkey

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G7     C           F           G          C 
Now, Delaney had a donkey that everyone admired 
            F        C           G7 
Temporarily lazy and permanently tired 
  C            F      G             C 
A leg at every corner balancing his head 
      Am              F                 G7           C 
And a tail to let you know which end he wanted to be fed. 
Am           E               Am 
Riley, slyly said "we've underrated it 
Am                 E                Am 
Why not train it?" then they took a rag 
     C          F                 G               C 
They rubbed it, scrubbed it, they oiled and embrocated it 
Am            F                 C                   G7 
Got it at the post and when the starter dropped the flag: 
          C     F           C           F 
There was Riley pushing it, shoving it, shushing it 
C      F         C           G7 
Hogan, Logan and everyone in town 
C         F              G              C 
Lined up attacking it, n'shoving it and smacking it 
     Am              F                 G         G7 
They might as well a'tried to push the Town Hall down. 
    C          F            G         C 
The donkey was eyeing them, openly defying them 
         F            C               G7 
Winking, blinking and twisting out of place, 
C       C7          F 
Riley reversing it, everybody cursing it 
    C             F              G7        C 
The day Delaney's donkey ran the half mile race. 
    C              F      G              C 
The muscles of the mighty never known to flinch 
                       F        C             G7 
They couldn't move the donkey a quarter of an inch 
  C           F       G                  C 
Delaney lay exhausted hanging 'round his throat 
       Am               F             G7         C 
With a grip just like a Scotsman on a five pound note. 
Am                 E                 Am 
Starter Carter, he lined it with the rest of 'em 
Am               E              Am 
When it saw them it was willing then 
   C         F          G             C 
It raced up, braced up, ready for the best of 'em 
     Am                             C                  G7 
They started off to cheer it but it changed it's mind again! 
              C     F           C           F 
And there was Riley pushing it, shoving it, shushing it 
C      F         C          G7 
Hogan, Logan and Mary-Ann McGrath 
C           F             G               C 
She started poking it and grabbing it and choking it 
   Am                F             G           G7 
It kicked her in the bustle and it laughed hee-haw! 
    C            F               G         C 
The Whigs and Conservatives, the Radical Superlatives 
             F           C              G7 
Liberals and Tories they hurried to the place 
C              C7     F 
Stood there in unity, helping the community 
    C             F              G7        C 
The day Delaney's donkey ran the half mile race. 
    C              F            G            C 
The crowd began to cheer it and Rafferty the judge 
               F             C                 G7 
He came up to assist 'em but still it wouldn't budge 
        C              F          G             C 
And the jockey who was riding it, little John McGee 
       Am            F              G7               C 
Was so thoroughly disgusted that he went and had his tea! 
Am                E              Am 
Hagan, Fagan were students of psychology 
Am                     E             Am 
Swore they'd shift him with some dynamite 
     C          F           G            C 
They bought it, brought it, and without apology 
    Am                                C              G7 
The donkey gave a sneeze and blew the whole lot outa sight. 
              C     F           C           F 
And there was Riley pushing it, shoving it, shushing it 
C      F         C             G7 
Hogan, Logan and all the bally crew 
C             F           G          C 
Police and Auxiliary, the Garrison Artillery 
    Am         F                 G           G7 
The Second Enniskillen's and the Life Guards too. 
     C           F                G                C 
They seized it n'harried it, they picked it up and carried it 
            F          C              G7 
Cheered it, steered it to the winning place. 
         C           C7                   F 
Then the bookmaker's drew aside, and they all committed suicide 
    C             F              G    G7   C 
The day Delaney's donkey won the half mile race! 
		  

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