Note: Dedicated to Dunja. I love you Honey Bunny…

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I grew up in Ireland in dear old Dublin town
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brought up by a people who`d let nothin` get `em down
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I was taught while still a child to stand up for me rights
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Prepare to face the devil that would plague me in my life

I served a long apprenticeship at very honest trade
and met so many devils of whom I felt afraid
But fathers words came back to me when I wanted to back down
I looked each devil in the eye and boldly stood me ground

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ref Stand up to your devils or they`ll walk over you
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remember, son, the devils come in many shapes and hues
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There`s devil that is handsome, the devil that is mean
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Some of them look scruffy and some look far too clean

I tried me hand at courtin` an` women found me sweet
Until I met McKenna who knocked me off her feet
Oh Lord was she a lover or a temper of a shrew
She not just knocked me off me feet, she knocked me black and blue

Sure she was a devil dressed up in Angel`s guise
When you`d least expect a clout she`d hit you `tween the eyes
She started talkin` marriage each time she looked at me
I felt `twas time I got to know the devils of the sea

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I waved my hand and said good bye as ship pulled from the quay
Adventure layed before me and so did seven seas
I travelled many ocean miles and found from east to west
The devils you are safest with – are those that you know best!

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