There’s Sure To Be A Row

I’m a poor unhappy married man
I have an awful wife
Though I do everything for her
Still she plagues my life
Though I do everything that’s right
She’ll find some fault somehow
And If I stay out late at night
There’s sure to be a row

Chorus
There’s sure to be a row
There’s sure to be a row
Do all in your life for to please your wife
Or there’s sure to be a row

She wakes me in the morning
In such a cruel way
She kicks me out upon the floor
Not a cross word dare I say
I have to wash my socks and fronts,
My shirts also I vow
That if I don’t wash hers aswell
There’s sure to be a row

Chorus
There’s sure to be a row
There’s sure to be a row
Do all in your life for to please your wife
Or there’s sure to be a row

I hand her up my wages
After working all the week
I hand her up my wages
And still she has the cheek
To hand me twopence for myself
And that I have to vow
That if I spend it all at once
There’s sure to be a row

Chorus
There’s sure to be a row
There’s sure to be a row
Do all in your life for to please your wife
Or there’s sure to be a row

She’s taken in a lodger
And he’s single by and by
She says we must make room for him
So I on the sofa lie
They eat the meat give me the bones
Now that don’t seem right somehow
And if I dare to say one
Then there’s sure to be a row

Chorus
There’s sure to be a row
There’s sure to be a row
Do all in your life for to please your wife
Or there’s sure to be a row

Chorus
There’s sure to be a row
There’s sure to be a row
Do all in your life for to please your wife
Or there’s sure to be a row

Traditional

“There’s Sure To Be A Row” is a song Irvine learnt from “an old tape of the inimitable, much loved, late Willie Clancy.” It is “obviously of Music Hall origin and sung to the ubiquitous tune [of] “Star of the County Down”.” Irvine sings the song, accompanied by Brady (tin whistle) and Lunny (bouzouki and guitar)

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