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Mick Marley's Roundabout
Mickey charley had a wee horse
He kept it at the back of the house, of course.
It wouldn't eat grass, and it wouldn't eat hay
But it would eat sugar lumps all the day
Mickey got wood and wheels for a start
Then he sat down and made a wee cart.
He hammered and he hammered and he footered about
Until he had built a roundabout.
Round and round and up and down
Through the streets of Belfast Town
All the children laugh and shout
For here comes Mickey's Roundabout.
Then he went from street to street
A penny a time and pick your seat
A hobby horse or a motor car
Jump on son and hold the bar.
The children's faces shine with glee
Laughs and smiles, a sight to see.
Haven't got a penny and your ma's gone out
You can still get on his roundabout.
But then alas to his dismay
The roundabout was burnt one day
For Mickey lost everything he had
And all the children were so sad
But his friends they gathered around
From every part of Belfast Town
They hammered and they hammered and they footered about
And built him a brand new roundabout.
Hobby horses don't get old
On winter days don't feel the cold.
But Mickey knows each Winter past
The roundabout is still at last
No more we'll have the happy sound
Of his roundabout in Belfast Town.
But we thank the horse and the wee small man
For the joy they spread across the land.