I’ll Tell Me Ma / Belle of Belfast City
The lyrics to I’ll Tell Me Ma, or The Belle of Belfast Cityas it is often known, can be found with slightly different versions all over Ireland and the United Kingdom.
The words usually change to suit the town – so that in Dublin, she’s the Belle of Dublin City and so on through the different locations.
Belfast is the town most generally used, partly because the song was often performed by the McPeake Family who came from that city and partly because the Belle of Belfast City has a nice alliterative ring to it.
I’ll Tell Me Ma Lyrics and Chords
I’llDtell me ma whenGI goDhome,TheA7boys wont leave theDgirlsalone,They pull me hair andGstole meDcomb,ButA7that’s all right tillDI go home,She is handsome,Gshe is pretty,DShe is the girl fromA7BelfastCity,DShe is courtingGone two three,DPlease wont youA7tell meDwho is she?
Albert Mooney says he loves her,
All the boys are fighting for her.
They knock on her door they ring on her bell
Saying “oh me true love are you well?”
Out she comes as white as snow,
Rings on her fingers bells on her toes,
Old Jenny Murphy says she’ll die,
If she doesn’t get the fellow with the roving eye.
Let the wind and the rain and the hail blow high,
And the snow come shovelling from the sky,
She’s as sweet as apple pie,
And she’ll get her own lad by and by.
When she gets a lad of her own,
She won’t tell her ma when she gets home,
Let them all come as they will,
But its Albert Mooney she loves still.