KATIE CONNOR
 
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On my honour, Katie Connor is the nicest girl you’ll meet
I dote on her, I’m a goner, she’s just nice enough to eat
Near the water, I first caught her in a little fishing town
But just lately she’s turned stately, and my brain’s turned upside down

Chorus: Sweet Katie Connor, I dote upon her
Kate, Kate, as sure as fate, you’ll have to marry me
Or else I have a notion, of diving in the ocean
And mashing all the mermaids at the bottom of the sea.


When she’s colder, I have told her how the mermaids long for me
How they’ve blessed me and caressed me when I’ve bathed in open sea
She cries “Oh dear, you can go dear, to your mermaids straight away”
Snaps her fingers, yet she lingers long enough to hear me say.

Chorus: Sweet Katie Connor, I dote upon her
Kate, Kate, as sure as fate, you’ll have to marry me
Or else I have a notion, of diving in the ocean
And mashing all the mermaids at the bottom of the sea.


Then we parted, then I started for the mighty ocean’s brink
Kate looked squeamy, she could see me take a brick to make me sink
Near the water, she bethought her “Jack“ she cried; said I “Too late”
“Jack, my jewel, don’t be cruel; come back, Jack, and marry Kate!”

Chorus: Sweet Katie Connor, I dote upon her
Kate, Kate, as sure as fate, is going to marry me
So now I have no notion, of diving in the ocean
Or mashing scaly mermaids at the bottom of the sea.
 
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Written and composed by Harry Dacre
Performed by Pat Rafferty (1861-1952)
 
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