THE JEW’S HARPER

Oh there was a jew’s harper, old and hoary,
Who lived in the town of Ballaboreen.
Now this jew’s harper, he played before Moses,
And this was the only tune that he could play:
Nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah,
nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah!
Nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah,
nyah, nyah, nyah!

Now, this jew’s harper, old and hoary,
Who lived in the town of Ballaboreen,
He died one day and he went down hell,
And this was the only tune that he could play:
Nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah,
nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah!
Nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah,
nyah, nyah, nyah!

Now when the devil saw this old man,
He said, “Put him down in the frying pan!
For this is another old jew’s harper, I vow,
Put him down with the rest to play!
Nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah,
nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah!
Nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah,
nyah, nyah, nyah!

John Wright

Variation on the Scottish tune ‘There was an old piper’ John Wright 1971