Index of Lyrics
Priests & Nuns

as led by Barry Finn on Fathom This © 2007
Barry Finn and Neil Downey

A priest in Austria thought one day,
Ho, ho, ho!
He'd go to France without delay,
Hal-ler-al-le-rye, hal-ler-al-le-ray!
He'd go to France without delay,
Hal-ler-al-le-ray, ho, ho!

Now when this father came to France,
Ho, ho, ho!
Seven sick nuns he found by chance,
Hal-ler-al-le-rye, hal-ler-al-le-ray!
Seven sick nuns he found by chance,
Hal-ler-al-le-ray, ho, ho!

He saw these nuns in the convent yard,
Ho, ho, ho!
All lying down on benches hard,
Hal-ler-al-le-rye, hal-ler-al-le-ray!
All lying there on benches hard,
Hal-ler-al-le-ray, ho, ho!

He gave these nuns his calling card,
Ho, ho, ho!
And asked, "May I come in your yard?"
Hal-ler-al-le-rye, hal-ler-al-le-ray!
And asked, "May I come in your yard?"
Hal-ler-al-le-ray, ho, ho!

To one he asked what he could do,
Ho, ho, ho!
"I'm both priest and doctor too!"
Hal-ler-al-le-rye, hal-ler-al-le-ray!
"I'm both priest and doctor too!"
Hal-ler-al-le-ray, ho, ho!

A sick nun then made quick reply,
Ho, ho, ho!
Said, "Father, treat me ere I die!"
Hal-ler-al-le-rye, hal-ler-al-le-ray!
"Father, treat me ere I die!"
Hal-ler-al-le-ray, ho, ho!

With cane in hand, a walking stick,
Ho, ho, ho!
He touched that nun so very quick,
Hal-ler-al-le-rye, hal-ler-al-le-ray!
He touched that nun so very quick,
Hal-ler-al-le-ray, ho, ho!

The others ran that they could see,
Ho, ho, ho!
And asked the priest, "What could that be?"
Hal-ler-al-le-rye, hal-ler-al-le-ray!
And asked the priest, "What could that be?"
Hal-ler-al-le-ray, ho, ho!

"A medicine stick in my hand I hold"
Ho, ho, ho!
"To cure all sick nuns in my fold,"
Hal-ler-al-le-rye, hal-ler-al-le-ray!
"To cure all sick nuns in my fold,"
Hal-ler-al-le-ray, ho, ho!

Another nun that lay close by,
Ho, ho, ho!
Cried, "Father, none so sick as I!"
Hal-ler-al-le-rye, hal-ler-al-le-ray!
"Father, none so sick as I!"
Hal-ler-al-le-ray, ho, ho!

He treated all these nuns alike,
Ho, ho, ho!
And said he'd call another night,
Hal-ler-al-le-rye, hal-ler-al-le-ray!
Said he'd call another night,
Hal-ler-al-le-ray, ho, ho!

Their treasure's gone they looked in vain,
Ho, ho, ho!
For the priest that carried the medicine cane,
Hal-ler-al-le-rye, hal-ler-al-le-ray!
For the priest that carried the medicine cane,
Hal-ler-al-le-ray, ho, ho!

Jerry Bryant resurrected this pumping shanty from Frederick Pease Harlow's book Chanteying Aboard American Ships.