Belle of the Ball (live from ARC Yinnar)

by The Wanton Shillelaghs

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An original song inspired by the events of the Crossley Ceili of 2014.


The band warmed up as the wind blew strong,
The fiddlers struck up a lively song,
Crossley Hall stood straight and tall,
It was the night of the ball

Her skirt was green and her socks pulled high,
A lively look shone in her eye,
All the lads declared their love
But the smiling young rogue of Oakleigh.
Tighter tights never were seen,
As the rogue swept into the scene,
He was burly and buff with a billowing shirt,
That thankfully came to his knees.

She was the Belle of the Ball,
And none were as handsome as she,
She broke many hearts,
For her story is not as it seems.

As a hornpipe struck up, their eyes did meet
And hand in hand they did twirl,
And thus the rogue in burgundy tights,
Fell in love with the Belle of the Ball,
The shrewd dancing master felt something amiss,
Though at first she wasn't quite sure,
Belle's beauty was true but her movements lacked grace,
As she trod on the shoes of them all.


As the Belle spun around, her skirts they did rise,
And the dance master she caught a glimpse,
Of strong hairy legs that could only proclaim,
The shenanigous Master of Imps,
Her cheeks became pale and she fell to the floor,
At the shock of those strong hairy legs,
She woke just in time to see them depart,
The Rogue and the Belle.

In a mad rush she ran to the door,
And the doorman's shillelagh she took,
To raise up the skirts for all there to see,
And allow for a far better look,
The rogue was aghast and the crowd had a laugh,
As the belle's farce was revealed,
She gave them a wink, and stole a quick kiss
To the shock of the priest drinking ale.


As she took flight, she ripped off her skirt,
and flung it into the crowd,
And heartbroken rogue could only look on
As his now-naked love said farewell
And all of the lads that were jealous before
Of the rogue in his burgundy tights,
Laughed with relief at the fate they'd escaped,
As the Belle vanished into the night


And from that time at the tavern each night,
The crowds they gather to hear,
That outrageous tale, how the rogue fell in love,
With the beautiful Belle of the Ball



released August 30, 2015
Lyrics and music by the Wanton Shillelaghs



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The Wanton Shillelaghs Melbourne, Australia

In January 2015, the Wanton Shillelaghs broke onto the pub-scene with a lively gig at the Brunswick Hotel that saw passersby pouring in from the street to catch a glimpse of the dancing. This was followed by a string of gigs throughout Melbourne and country Victoria, culminating in a sellout show at ARC Yinnar in Gippsland in July 2015. ... more

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