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Molly Malone

This song, which is also known as Cockles and Mussels, is the unofficial anthem of Dublin City. It was first published in about 1880 and was written by James Yorkston of Edinburgh. There are also versions of this song in Irish and in Manx.

In Dublin's fair city
Where the girls are so pretty
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone
As she wheeled her wheelbarrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying, 'Cockles and mussels, alive alive oh!'

Crying, 'Cockles and mussels, alive alive oh!'

She was a fishmonger
And sure 'twas no wonder
For so were her mother and father before
And they each wheeled their wheelbarrows
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying, 'Cockles and mussels, alive, alive oh!'


She died of a fever
And no one could save her
And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone
Now her ghost wheels her barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying, 'Cockles and mussels, alive, alive oh!'


I learnt this song at the Irish Songs and Singing class at the Hammersmith Irish Centre in London.

This song can be heard on the following album:


Video of the Dubliners singing this song

Different versions of this song

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