IF THAT COMES TRUE
 
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McManus my old crony, paid a visit yesterday
To interview the lady palmist down the way
She charged poor Mac half a crown, then took him by the hand
And oh, the things she told him were bewildering and grand
But when she said, 'By all that's blue
The fates have found a wife for you
And in a week from now you'll wed
Mcmanus gasped, and then he said,

Chorus: 'If that comes true, whatever will I do?
If that comes true, there'll be a hullaboo
I have a wife already sure, I couldn't keep the two
And they'll have me up for bigamy, if that comes true.'


Poor Mac had scarce recovered from his terrible surprise
When the lady seized his palm in hers, then fixed him with her eyes
Said she to him,'You're Irish' 'Faith' said Mac, 'I tell no lies'
Then to himself he murmured, 'It's the divil in disguise.'
But when she said his brother Tim would very shortly visit him
His look was one of blank dismay he scarcely had the strength to say

Chorus: 'If that comes true, whatever will I do?
If that comes true, there'll be a hullaboo
My brother Tim's been buried since the year of sixty-two
Sure I'll die of fright, I know I will, if that comes true.'


McManus' hopes of fortune were beginning to decay
When she told him that, for seven days, he soon would go away
To a large hotel with bars outside, and men in blue galore
McManus said, 'I know the place I've been there once before.'
But when she said, 'A week today your sinful soul will pass away.'
What's that?' said Mac, 'Have I to die?'
He wrung his hands and then did cry,

Chorus: 'If that comes true, whatever will I do?
If that comes true, there'll be a hullaboo
Should they bury me next Thursday, as you say they're going to do
It'll be the death of me, it will, If that comes true.'
 
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Written and composed by Clarence Wainwright Murphy - 1902
Performed by Michael Nolan (1867-1910)
 
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