Sinead O'Connor - I'll Tell Me Ma Lyrics




I'll tell me Ma when I go home
The boys won't leave the girls alone.
They pull my hair, they stole my comb,
but that's alright till I go home.

[Chorus:]
She is handsome, she is pretty
She is the belle of Belfast city
She is courtin' one, two, three.
Please won't you tell me, who is she?

Albert Mooney says he loves her,
All the boys are fighting for her.
They knock at the door and ring at the bell
Saying "Oh, my true love are you well?"
Out she comes as white as snow,
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes.
Oul Jenny Murray says she'll die,
If she don't get the fellow with the roving eye.

[Chorus]

Let the wind and the rain and the hail blow high
and the snow come tumblin' from the sky
She's as nice 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 goes home
Let them all come as they will
For it's Albert Mooney she loves still.

[Chorus]





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Sinead O'Connor I'll Tell Me Ma Comments
  1. Joey Morrison

    Booooooooo

  2. Olivier Sparte

    Superbe balade !
    Lisez Maria Valtorta.
    God bless you.

  3. Mark Vaughan

    i nice video show the irish republican assholes teaching there kids to be cunts like them

  4. MsRhianon

    Back in the day when Sinn Fein were for the Irish , those days are GONE but the unrepresented IRISH are still here , waiting for a leader!

  5. liam doyle

    No surrender ... ever , have fun in the EU and letting mass immigration kill your culture 🤪

  6. Rifki joe98

    Tell me ma when I go home
    The boys won't leave the girls alone
    They pull my hair, they stole my comb
    But that's all right till I go home
    She is handsome, she is pretty
    She is the belle of Belfast city
    She is a-courting one two three
    Pray, would you tell me who is she

    Albert Mooney says he loves her
    All the boys are fighting for her
    Knock at the door and they ring that bell
    Oh my true love, are you well
    Out she comes as white as snow
    Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
    Old Jenny Murray says she will die
    If she doesn't get the fella with the roving eye

    Tell me ma when I go home
    The boys won't leave the girls alone
    They pull my hair, they stole my comb
    But that's all right till I go home
    She is handsome, she is pretty
    She is the belle of Belfast city
    She is a-courting one two three
    Pray, would you tell me who is she

    Let the wind and the rain and the hail blow high
    And the snow come a-tumbling from the sky
    She's as nice 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 till she comes home
    Let them all come as they will
    For it's Albert Mooney she loves still

    Tell me ma when I go home
    The boys won't leave the girls alone
    They pull my hair, they stole my comb
    But that's all right till I go home
    She is handsome, she is pretty
    She is the belle of Belfast city
    She is a-courting one two three
    Pray, would you tell me who is she

    Ah spring on

    Let the wind and the rain and the hail blow high
    And the snow come a-tumbling from the sky
    She's as nice 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 till she comes home
    Let them all come as they will
    For it's Albert Mooney she loves still

    Tell me ma when I go home
    The boys won't leave the girls alone
    They pull my hair, they stole my comb
    But that's all right till I go home
    She is handsome, she is pretty
    She is the belle of Belfast city
    She is a-courting one two three
    Pray, would you tell me who is she

    Tell me ma when I go home
    The boys won't leave the girls alone
    They pull my hair, they stole my comb
    But that's all right till I go home
    She is handsome, she is pretty
    She is the belle of Belfast city
    She is a-courting one two three
    Pray, would you tell me who is she

    Tell me ma when I go home
    The boys won't leave the girls alone
    They pull my hair, they stole my comb
    But that's all right till I go home
    She is handsome, she is pretty
    She is the belle of Belfast city
    She is a-courting one two three
    Pray, would you tell me who is she

    Would you tell me, would you tell me
    Would you tell me who is she
    Would you tell me, would you tell me
    Would you tell me who is she
    Would you tell me, would you tell me
    Would you tell me who is she
    Would you tell me, would you tell me

  7. t mac

    I am a back seat driver from America/and I drive on the left on falls road.

  8. George III

    Fantastic!!!

  9. Annika Wheble

    My kids gret nan was Irish, and my ex was an army kid and him and his parents, they were nurses, were stationed in N Ireland during this time. He told me, he had army escort when going to school

  10. Kenny Smith

    Just buried my nana today... betty Smith (Bell) this will be forever her song... r.i.p nana..thank you for everything

  11. Nancy Benefiel

    We used to jump rope to this

  12. KER JI

    hard times nice music

  13. Timothy Ashton

    I don't understand why some Catholics in Northern Ireland wish to force the rest of the north to be part of the republic. If they are unhappy, they are free to move to the republic?

  14. Liam Whannel

    We’ll stamp on the head of British soldiers ole ole!

  15. Queen City Saint

    Éirinn go Brách

  16. James West

    Christmas list
    End war
    End abuse
    End hungerEnd hatred
    End disease
    End mental illness
    This is all doable, where do we start.

  17. AUBERT Marie

    I LOVE THIS COUNTRY I LOVE SONG KISSES OF FRANCE

  18. Dean Beckerley

    wow, very political video for a song about a love that got away

  19. Olivier Sparte

    Magnifique !

  20. Henri Rousseau

    Ominous. Scary.

    MsRhianon

    Pussy !

  21. J K

    The thing I don’t like about the IRA is the fact they are socialists and communists, why can’t they just be capitalist like normal people.

  22. Michael Molloy

    Stick to being a Nun Rebel Provo lover

  23. Jacques Blanchart

    She is handsome. She is pretty.
    She is the bell of Belfast City.

  24. sammni

    Turning a beautiful song into an IRA terrorist song. Disgraceful.

  25. MrsGranpaws

    I am Australian of Irish descent. I feel my Irish roots strongly. Recently I had the misfortune to have a British lodger as common as. Believing he is so above the Irish, I cant use the offensive words he uses to describe the Irish. I thought that with attitudes like his how can there ever be real peace in Ireland. I would have liked to be able to tell him that he was the scum of the earth and that we didnt want his lying application for permanent residency in our country. I was so shocked at his attitude to other human beings. He couldnt lie straight in his bed he is so deviously deceptive. And taking a job that any Australian could do.
    I am so sad and mad over the Irish situation. Our forefather coming to Australia before being shipped out in the 1840's for feeding the poor who had been kicked out of their home. Poor Ireland. Such wonderful people.
    Wish the PO wasnt destroyed in 1916 though so I could trace the family tree past our Irish Immigrant. The records are destroyed so like all Aussies, we cant go back further into our roots which so many of us find important to us these days.

  26. Brigid

    What a collection of photos. Makes me weep for these children of war, of all wars. Horrifying. Especially juxtaposed with the song, lyrics written from a child's point of view, on love.

  27. Liam Duff

    The hounds you feed really..

  28. Enlightening Erin

    Erin go bragh

  29. Caroleann Christie

    Amazing song x

  30. sean duddy

    English are none for been a group of cowards...look at france euros perfect example.... id fight 50 of them no prob... i mean it... il be fucked but il take a few of them... i no i will

  31. sean duddy

    cowardly bastards...

  32. Michael Hickey

    Up the Irish 🍀 fuck the English 🖕 🇬🇧

  33. Miguel Saldana

    dont trust the UK

  34. Gordon Simpson

    Some graphic photography here well presented

  35. DizzyFromShirbert

    and people wonder why the Irish hate the English

  36. Sabine Österreich

    I Like the music very much, but I don't like the pictures!

  37. mike newell

    Lovely iconic version of this song. Sorry to disappoint all you Republicans, but this is a English folk tune originating in Oxfordshire. It was probably taken to Ireland by British soldiers who were stationed there and married the local lasses. 
    enjoy.

  38. hugh mccabe

    Great video and song....my little sister @ 0.58 in check coat 😁😁

  39. Anto Doyle

    Adolf ball it doesn't make Gerry one . if ur da was a paedo could we class u as one .

  40. Jona naks

    im drunk and im crying T_T

  41. Maria Bittar

    this music own my soul !!!. just fantastic. ..

  42. Konstantine Guruli

    Well done! The photos are fantastic, emotional... all the positive things you could say about them! The photo at 1:27 is just unbelievable! Thank you for creating such a great compilation/video! Thank you so much! Go raibh maith agat!

  43. Sean Collins

    Funny the way England are pissed off over ISIS when they were the ISIS of 1916 Attacking Ireland instead of Syria

    Straight White British Protestant

    The Irish were ISIS when they went to America and slaughtered the natives during manifest destiny.

    Nate Laddie

    Lol When we started a rebellion in a post office they sent a battle ship to blow us up

    winters eu

    Funny now that the singer if this song is muslim

    DAMAGE tapletop

    the Fenians and IRA were / are terrorists

    Tony Bamber

    Dear Patric: No man, and no community is an Island. Life is complicated and now we are "all" threatened by Islam. From an English Catholic who served in British Army during the 70s.

  44. Hailey Ouellette

    I am going to be a good Canadian person

  45. Finn Mac Aodhain

    Wonderful, nobody ever considers the children, this right and wrong stuff is complete horse shit really...

    STOP READING MY NAME LOL

    Finn Mac Aodhain Except the english should never have been in ireland so the irish are obviously right and it has cost us alot and alot of our young lifes where sadly lost.

  46. hey that's pretty good

    Whats with all the Irish separatist shite its a pretty innocent song that you put with war and pain.

  47. redcatofdeath

    Boring, slow, weak. Poor rendition.

  48. Chloe Roberts

    Omg!!! That's amazing

  49. BODALLA

    a proud and feirce people made of Iron

  50. BODALLA

    the British don't know about the fiddle .armys protecting scum long live Irish say hello to the kenedys

    Lazy Spark

    +BODALLA Whoa! I'm hoping I read that the wrong way but if you're referring to the British people as scum when saying "armys protecting scum" then that's horribly racist.

  51. Robert Crawford

    Love Sinead, and I love this song. It made my Sinead O'Connor playlist!

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGY1pEi8PtxR6MPSGlmVpOpAbExncQNJo

  52. william beaulieu

    US/UK are equally thieves, equally colonialists, equally genocidaires for Empire.

    Lazy Spark

    +william beaulieu Okay... what's your point?

    william beaulieu

    +Lazy Spark Just that people should know their history rather than mythologize. But music can bond us together. Peace.

    Lazy Spark

    @william beaulieu Didn't sound like that was your point.

  53. UK OK

    +Sharon Anderson, surely you could come up with something better than that, come on give it a try, anything , use you're brain, please........

  54. weakestlink41

    Ron Weasley spotted at 1:40

  55. UPTHERA

    proof that no one is really scared of the SAS

    Lazy Spark

    +UPTHERA Well they weren't the SAS.

    STOP READING MY NAME LOL

    Lazy Spark Yea your right but us irish did not fear anything the brits threw at us no matter who they where.

  56. hoopenhanger

    Good work.  I grew up in British occupied Ireland around the same time period most these photos were taken and your selection gave me quite a jolt.

    hoopenhanger

    +Adolf Ball What does DLA mean?  Dick Licking Adolf?  lol!

    Adolf Ball

    Your priest is calling you back to bed. As Gerry Adams and his Paedo brother used to say........ Sucky-Our-Da..!!

    Adolf Ball

    Gerry Adams Da = Paedo.... Gerry Adams Brother = Paedo.........Google it..!!

    STOP READING MY NAME LOL

    Adolf Ball You mean the bru not dla moron

    Kevin Hughes

    Gerry Adams is MI5

  57. william beaulieu

    What the English thieves did in Ireland they repeated in Acadie, driving out the inhabitants in the name of war and profit. Like their American masters,  the English can never admit their crimes.

    william beaulieu

    Agreed and correct.

    Kevin Hughes

    UK is run and owned by the Jew, as the USA

    william beaulieu

    Anti-Semitic nonsense. Are you a Nigel Farage fan?

    Kevin Hughes

    I'm English, a Celt and I am of Shem. Get your facts correct you moron before you start to question. The so called Jews are not semites . Farage is a friend of Israel, like all UKIP anti-whiters.

    william beaulieu

    You are displaying your ideology and your upbringing very well. Sorry to confuse a racist for a fascist.

  58. Hugh Bishop

    Marry me Sinead

  59. Angel Naranjo

    Hola quizas no hablen español, oh quizas alguien Si.pero me gusta la musica de Irlanda; ha y tambien las papas. bye.

    Elizabeth Rodriguez

    Angel Naranjo pensé que era la única 😆😆

  60. Brogan Logan Roman

    a like this version

  61. Shayn Cyprowski

    I love Irish people but I don't like the ira scumbags in green and I didn't like Irish Republican home rule! Northern Ireland is British free forever we will never surrender

  62. Point Made

    Strange how Americans applaud the struggle of friendly IRA terrorists who only killed British and Irish civilians (including children) indiscriminately, while those nasty Islamic terrorists who dare attack Americans are to be hunted down like rats. Funny old world.

    NeoN x SkiiDz

    Strange how the British killed hundreds of Irish civilians including children....yup what a funny world

  63. Edward Kleingeerts

    I feel a deep empathy with the Irish an oppressed people, Sinead is the Irish voice in many ways, I love her rebelliousness, and her as a individual soul which is expressed with her beautiful voice

    Adolf Ball

    +Edward Kleingeerts Bollox. The IRA are Marxist filth. You must be a Bernie (The Jew) Sanders supporter.

  64. Hunter Scythe

    The British "Queen" is one of the worst Devils of all time, going hand in hand with american zionist government

    Adolf Ball

    +Hunter Scythe And not one mention of King Paedo Pope?? LMAO

    sharon anderson

    +Hunter Scythe out of all comments only one person sees the truth. thank you my dear.

    Lazy Spark

    +Hunter Scythe How much do you know about how the British Government works?

    BNP WALES

    British Queen's is a whore

  65. UK OK

    +Rick Hess, I would look at you and say..... Another deluded yank.... God save the queen

    sharon anderson

    +Matt Moy i would look at you say say fuck off.

  66. manchesterblue2007

    this is a love song...

    manchesterblue2007

    @*****
    'Meant to be a love song..fun..so why all the photos???'

    its a love song used as political commentary

    the same as 'silent night' was used as an anti war song by Simon and Garfunkle

    Im not being funny here but when youre in a hole stop digging...

    manchesterblue2007

    @*****
    Sinead O'Connor at 21 years old took on the whole of the media and establishment to protest about child molestation in the catholic church and further afield

    She compromised her career and her reputation and was vilified in the british press and further abroad in an attempt to discredit her

    The reason why they did this was that she was getting uncomfortably close to the house of cards that was the british establishment and entertainment community with the hidden MOUNTAIN of child sex instances that were taking place

    Without people like Sinead Jimmy Saville would still be a fun figure

    Sinead was and is a hero

    Attention seeker?

    She absolutely WAS an attention seeker....that was her whole intention....to draw scrutiny on a shameful and evil situation....its just a shame that she didnt attract the right type of attention as there would have been less children abused at that time

    Once again youve shown your naivety and ignorance

    Like I suggested before.....when youre in a hole stop digging

    manchesterblue2007

    @*****
    blocked for being terminally stupid....bye now

    Ellemerob

    +manchesterblue2007 I get the impression the fool thinks Sinead O Connor is responsible for the slide show in the video.

    spd47

    +manchesterblue2007 Well said Manc.

  67. manchesterblue2007

    disgraceful that they would put that up on a wall

    what right thinking person would write man united???

    sharon anderson

    +manchesterblue2007 one tht is fighting for their home?

    manchesterblue2007

    @sharon anderson
    lol....o dear

    pat glennon

    lol, good one

  68. rick hess

    Right after Bloody Sunday, my grandmother (Mary Jane Maginnis Moran) a Roman Catholic, who hails from County Down, Northern Ireland wrote to my mother (her daughter) Veronica here in the States. Mary Jane wrote, "My God, My God, They are killing us in the streets, they are killing us in the streets, what are we to do?" My mother wept as she read this to me and after she composed herself, she looked at me and said, "It's time for the IRA."

    Ulsters Hound

    Same for me family from county wexford now hells kitchen NY and Adolf ball is a real piece of work trolling Irish YouTube programs cause he's jealous of us

    Colin McDonald

    All too right - I saw Bloody Sunday coming, months before it happened, and didn't re-engage for the full career when my three years short service commission was up. A year later I was addressing students for the Troops Out movement. It was and is Tory England, then and now, war criminals and enemies of humanity.

  69. Shayn Cyprowski

    fuck the ira red communist pigs and fuck Dublin

  70. Nancy Benefiel

    I used to jump rope to this song

    Nancy Benefiel

    +Marlene Leighton It's all the photos. We just sang and jumped. No political attachents

    Nancy Benefiel

    +Marlene Leighton She's pretty strident alright.

    hoopenhanger

    +Marlene Leighton Would you prefer photographs of fat orangemen huffing and puffing while beating Lambeg drums?  These photos are a true depiction of English occupied Ireland during the seventies and eighties.

    hoopenhanger

    +Marlene Leighton So what?  It's a Belfast song and these photos define a certain part of Belfast history.  Don't get so hung up on it.

  71. Hugh Bishop

    Had a friend whose Dad fought with the Mum about visiting her side of the family, because of the bombings. Took awhile for me to understand. Kindest women I ever knew.

  72. Rosa Pittman

    I love Sinead O'Connor, this is a powerful video and as an American who has some Irish Protestant ancestors from County Antrim in my family tree, it breaks my heart to see the destruction that the British establishment has caused over the centuries. I pray that one day Ireland will be one entirely independent island.

    sharon anderson

    yes puppets do rule india but technically india has it's own freedom and is slowly getting it's bearings back. the gurus are working on this. india lost itself this is why it became subject to england. now maybe india will do wht it was destined to do which is save the world with truth. as for ireland. as long as yhwh has any power we are fucked.

    Lon _

    Rosa Pittman what about the destruction the American establishment has caused in the middle east and don't forget hiroshima and nagasaki

    Kevin Hughes

    Sharon Anderson, what a load of crap.

    Nancy Benefiel

    if you want to check the numbers of the dead, Catholics outnumbered Protestants 2 to 1. I never said I supported the IRA. I loathe terrorists, whatever their reasons. whether it's IRA members blowing up British pubs or Protestant paramilitaries blowing up Dublin.

    tarmonhill

    its you're proddy kin thats stopping it.

  73. szaftospunifan

    charlotte, the harlote)))))))))))))fuck anglish scum.........

    Adolf Ball

    +szaftospunifan You sound as ugly as I bet you look.

  74. steven ward

    Jailing original idiot Irish is part Keig hush laid ksjz osoxigxoso

  75. Deadpan Barry

    Great song and a great video it reminds me when I was small and sitting on my grandmothers lap while she sang this song at the top of her voice.

  76. aughalough1

    Not a fan of Sinead, but I like this ! So sad that Ireland had to go through all this........
    Dreaming in the night, I saw a land where no man had to fight. ......!

  77. Tom Riley

    Damn catchy!! 
    26+6=1!

  78. Jeffrey Sall

    Where can I get these pictures?

    MsRhianon

    +Jeffrey Sall I googled,simple as that,the interweb is an amazing invention ;)

    Micheál Ó Braonáin

    Any chance you could upload an album or something of these pictures?

  79. codynootchies

    Though I am, at the least and on my mother's father's side, third generation American or so, I have always been proud of being 75% Irish by blood (25% Cherokee), I have always been fiercely proud of my heritage. It may be a bit off to say it, but, seeing pictures of "The Troubles" always gives my eye a tear or twenty. :'( Good and poignant video.

  80. Carl Swansen

    Big deal, not the slavery of old days. You are talking about a problem that has existed since the time of Cromwell and beyond. When you compare the issue to slavery down south, at the same time, it was a relatively non-starter for problems.  The problem with Hitler and the Jews,compared to the Brits and the Irish?

  81. radiiokitty

    This does a good job of showing how abnormal and scary life was.. Love the irony of the music/pics. Shock factor. Thank god we no longer live like this....

  82. Sean Savage

    Dont kow why you chose the pics to go with the song. Mairead Farrell pics would have been a better choice than the terrified wee lassies at Holy Cross. Youre vid though,ta for uploading.

    Sean Savage

    @***** Do you realise how bad it makes you sound, trying to justify the actions of grown men and women spitting an throwing things at school weans. No weans should be subjected to that walking to school, end of.

    Sean Savage

    @***** what were the weans terrified of?

    Sean Savage

    @***** you don't think the baying crowd throwing stones, bricks, fireworks an balloons full of pish at them were the reason? It showed the world what a petty hateful lot you can be and you are showing out in your comments. I hope if you have any wee lassie's they are never subjected to anything similar.

  83. feniangirl

    This is brilliant. The order that the photos appeared in were perfectly matched with the flow of the song. The photos themselves were absolutely amazing. I'm wondering what your sources were for these photos, as I'd love to have some copies for my personal library. Tiocfaidh ár lá.

    MsRhianon

    +feniangirl I am so sorry to get back to you 6 mths later ,but thank you so much for the compliment of watching and commenting ,I never expected anyone to watch never mind compliment,go raibh maith agat.

  84. 145tobagostreet

    Brilliant juxtaposition! Well done

  85. Shay .J

    WHAT does the footage have to do with the song?? A liittle disturbing. 

  86. MathiasFaltin

    Does anyone know if I can find the notes for the flute intro anywhere?

  87. Banbha Ryan

    That's me in the buggy  2.03,waitng for royalties!!! Joke, great vid,thanx 4 posting xx

  88. james f o'hare

    This brings back happy memories growing up in Belfast thanks for upload

  89. Wander MeThis

    The young impressionable lads being lead down a road to war themselves...only to become warriors in a few years, they will be holding the real guns soon enough...beautiful song and story...

    MsRhianon

    Thank you for taking the time to watch

    anthony shute

    MsRhianon

    what can I say lies lies etc

    KillionDET313

    anthony shute <----- clearly from england

  90. Christine Stone

    Thank you MsRhianon for this wonderful video. Thought provoking photos and real memories,  Jason McCoy do you really know anything?  TWAT . I shall watch this every day for sure.

    Jason McCoy

    fuck off hater!

    MsRhianon

    Thank you Jayne Collins for watching & commenting.

    MsRhianon

    @Jason McCoy Took the words right out of my mouth.

     

    MsRhianon

    @Jayne Collins You are more than welcome Jayne

  91. Ellemerob

    Great photo at 1:37

  92. Ibrahim Faruqi

    Just beautiful. Can say no more

  93. Wander MeThis

    Talk about some fantastic photo's of the war between the IRA and British.....

  94. JTGaming

    Very powerful video, but I'm not sure I like taking traditional music and putting it in this context. There's so much more to Irish history than the Troubles, and taking music and putting it in that context sells it short and further reinforces the idea that the Troubles are the definitive part of the Irish national identity. That is to say, when many people think of Ireland, they think of St Patrick's day and PIRA, trad music is a great gateway to show people that there is so much more than that!

  95. 988655y yvff

    The video is incredible.

    Wander MeThis

    I agree 100 %....

    MsRhianon

    The incredible part is that you watched it & commented,thank you so much.

    Don Bozarth

    @MsRhianon I love the music and video. But after reading the comments, I really would like to hear what the artist that put it together has to say about the 'point' of the video or the idea that you are sharing. Thanks.

    Michael Moran

    I love the Irish I love the British why can't we just live in peace

  96. Jim Clancy

    Americans die all over the world trying to help people and we don't even tell our "allies" in England to honor the agreement they made and get out of Ireland.

    Alana Kelly

    Jim Clancy who cares about americans irish people die around the world too you stupid

  97. Matthias Schloegel

    Never have seen a better vid dealing with the troubles - Thank You

    MsRhianon

    Thank you for watching & commenting Matthias .