Johnny I hardly knew ye

While going the road to sweet Athy, haroo, haroo,
While going the road to sweet Athy, haroo, haroo,
While going the road to sweet Athy with a stick in my hand and a tear in my eye,
a dawful damsel I heard cry,
Johnny I hardly knew ye.

Chorus: With drums and guns and guns and drums, haroo, haroo,
With guns and drums and drums and guns, haroo, haroo
With drums and guns and drums and guns,
the enemy nearly slew ye,
Oh my darling deer, you look so queer,
Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

Where are ye eyes, that looked so mild, haroo, haroo,
Where are ye eyes, that looked so mild, haroo, haroo,
Where are ye eyes, that looked so mild, when you had me first beguiled?
Why did you run from me and the child?
Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

Where are the legs with which you run, haroo, haroo,
Where are the legs with which you run, haroo, haroo,
Where are the legs with which you run, when you went to carry a gun?
Indeed your dancing days are gone,
Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

It griefed my heart to see you sail, haroo, haroo,
It griefed my heart to see you sail, haroo, haroo,
It griefed my heart to see you sail, though from my heart you took leg bail,
Like a cod you're doubled up head and tail,
Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

You haven't an arm and you haven't an leg, haroo, haroo,
You haven't an arm and you haven't an leg, haroo, haroo,
You haven't an arm and you haven't an leg, you're an eyeless, noseless, chickenless egg,
You have to be put in a bowl to beg,
Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

I'm happy for to see you home, haroo, haroo,
I'm happy for to see you home, haroo, haroo,
I'm happy for to see you home, all from the island of Sullon,
so low in flesh, so high in bone,
Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

But sad as it is to see you so, haroo, haroo,
But sad as it is to see you so, haroo, haroo,
But sad as it is to see you so and I think of you now as an object of woe,
Your Peggy'll still keep ye on as her beau,
Johnny, I hardly knew ye.