Michael Finnegan

Information About Michael Finnegan

The origin of the song "Michael Finnegan" is unknown, but the earliest documented reference is in 'The Hackney Scout Song Book' from 1921.

Because the song is an example of an unboundedly long song, which means it can continue with multiple variations until the singer decides to stop, it is popular with the Scouting movement and is often sung around a campfire. There are many different versions of this traditional ballad and the song is open to expansion.

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In this version you find out more about Michael Finnegan

There was an old man named Michael Finnegan
He had whiskers on his chin again
Along came the wind and blew them in again
Poor old Michael Finnegan. .Begin again.

There was an old man named Michael Finnegan
He kicked up an awful dinnegann
Because they said he must not sing again
Poor old Michael Finnegan. .Begin again.

There was an old man called Michael Finnegan
Ran a race and thought he'd win again
Got so puffed that he had to go in again
Poor old Michael Finnegan. .Begin again.

There was an old man named Michael Finnegan
He drank through all his good gin again
And so he wasted all his tin again
Poor old Michael Finnegan. .Begin again.

There was an old man named Michael Finnegan
He went fishing with a pin again
Caught a fish and dropped it in again
Poor old Michael Finnegan. .Begin again.

There was an old man called Michael Finnegan
Climbed a tree and barked his shin again
Took off several yards of skin again
Poor old Michael Finnegan. .Begin again.

There was an old man named Michael Finnegan
He grew fat and then grew thin again
Then he died and had to begin again
Poor old Michael Finnegan. .Begin again.

If you want a shorter version choose this one

There was an old man name Michael Finnegan.
He had whiskers on his chin-again.
They fell out and then grew in again.
Poor old Michael Finnegan begin again.

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Bob, United States

26 May 2009 at 6:24pm

dis song roxxxx!

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