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Thread #125   Message #3876204
Posted By: Jim Dixon
09-Sep-17 - 07:06 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Tread on the Tail of Me Coat
Subject: Lyr Add: TREAD ON THE TAIL OF ME COAT
According to IMDb.com, the song sung in "The Quiet Man" was called "Mush-Mush-Mush Tural-I-Addy." It is described as "Traditional, adapted by Sean O'Casey and Dennis O'Casey" and "sung by the townsmen."

Another version called "MUSH MUSH" is given in the DT. It differs from the version posted by George Seto above.

The DT says the Clancys recorded it, but I consider this doubtful.

Here's another version, transcribed by me from the recording. Note that it has a different chorus. I had to guess at the place-names; they are spelled phonetically to the best of my ability.


TREAD ON THE TAIL OF ME COAT
As recorded by Patrick Moran & Chris Andrews on "No Place Like Home" (2005)

1. I first learned my readin' and writin'
At Theraggin(?) where I went to school.
It was there I first took to me fightin'
With the schoolmaster, Mickey O'Toole.
Me and he had many's a scrimmage,
But devil the lesson I wrote.
If you're in for a row or a ruction,
You just tread on the tail of me coat.

CHORUS: Oh, tread on the tail of me coat, ah-ha!
Tread on the tail of me coat.
If you're in for a row or a ruction,
You just tread on the tail of me coat.

2. One bog-trotter, Mickey O'Malley,
Tried to steal my best girl away.
He had money, but I hadn't any,
So a challenge I sent the next day.
Well we met the next morn at Kildaley(?)
And the Shannon we crossed in a boat,
And I lathered him with my shillelagh,
For he tread on the tail of me coat. CHORUS

3. Oh, me name it spread over the nation,
And sure gangs all flocked to see me,
And they cried without hesitation:
"You're a fightin' man, Mickey McGee.
Well, I fought in the Linnegan(?) fashion,
And I drove me opponents afloat
When I lathered them with my shillelagh,
For they tread on the tail of me coat. CHORUS TWICE