Waxies Dargle – lyrics and chords

The lyrics to the Waxies Dargle tell the story of two women in Dublin, trying to find money to go on a trip to the seaside.

Waxies Dargle
Working class Dublin
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When that fails, one of them tries to pawn her husband’s braces so she can go to Galway Races. It’s a riotous song about drinking and struggling to survive in 19th century Dublin.

The chords are very easy and are given here in the key of D Major, the same key used by the Pogues in their version. You can get away with just using the chords of D, G and A, but the Bm will give the song a more interesting sound. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys.


D 
Says my aul’ wan to  
G 
your aul’ wan
 
“Will ye  
D 
come to the Waxies dargle?”
 
Says your  
D 
aul’ wan to  
G 
my aul’ wan,
 
“Sure I  
A 
haven’t got a  
D 
farthing.
 
I’ve  
Bm 
just been down to  
D 
Monto 
 
town
 
To  
Bm 
see Uncle Mc
G 
Ard
A 
le
 
But he  
D 
didn’t have  
G 
half a crown
 
For to  
A 
go to the Waxies  
D 
dargle.”
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D 
What 
 
 
Bm 
will ye have?” “I’ll  
D 
have a pint,
 
I’ll  
Bm 
have a pint with  
G 
you 
 
 
A 
sir.”
 
“And if  
D 
one of you doesn’t  
G 
order 
 
soon,
 
We’ll be  
A 
thrown out of the b
D 
oozer.”

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Says my aul’ wan to your aul’ wan,
“Will you go to the Galway races?”
Says your aul’ wan to my aul’ wan,
“I’ll hawk the old man’s braces.”
I went down to Capel Street,
To the Jewish moneylenders,
But they wouldn’t give me a couple of bob,
On the aul’ man’s red suspenders.

Chorus

Says my aul’ wan to your aul’ wan
“We got no beef or mutton
But if we go down to Monto Town,
We might get a drink for nothin’ ”
Here’s a nice piece of advice,
I heard from an aul’ fishmonger,
When food is scarce and you see the hearse,
You know you have died of hunger.

Chorus

Waxies Dargle
Working class Dublin
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[D]Says my aul’ wan to [G]your aul’ wan
“Will ye [D]come to the Waxies dargle?”
Says your [D]aul’ wan to [G]my aul’ wan,
“Sure I [A]haven’t got a [D]farthing.
I’ve [Bm]just been down to [D]Monto town
To [Bm]see Uncle Mc[G]Ard[A]le
But he [D]didn’t have [G]half a crown
For to [A]go to the Waxies [D]dargle.”

Chorus

“[D]What [Bm]will ye have?” “I’ll [D]have a pint,
I’ll [Bm]have a pint with [G]you [A]sir.”
“And if [D]one of you doesn’t [G]order soon,
We’ll be [A]thrown out of the b[D]oozer.”

Says my aul’ wan to your aul’ wan,
“Will you go to the Galway races?”
Says your aul’ wan to my aul’ wan,
“I’ll hawk the old man’s braces.”
I went down to Capel Street,
To the Jewish moneylenders,
But they wouldn’t give me a couple of bob,
On the aul’ man’s red suspenders.

Chorus

Says my aul’ wan to your aul’ wan
“We got no beef or mutton
But if we go down to Monto Town,
We might get a drink for nothin’ ”
Here’s a nice piece of advice,
I heard from an aul’ fishmonger,
When food is scarce and you see the hearse,
You know you have died of hunger.

Chorus

Waxies Dargle
Working class Dublin
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