The Mixed Marriage
Tommy Sands - © Elm Grove Music

Sometimes it is humour and having a laugh at ourselves that help us cope. Too often we search for logical solutions to bring us together when there is nothing logical about us being so apart in the first place. One of the first folk songs I heard was about a frog getting married to a mouse. Even as a child I thought that must have been very complicated… certainly from a religious point of view. Later when a friend of mine got married to one of the Other Sort in the Northern Irish context I realized that the frog and the mouse affair was very simple in comparison.
“Wisdom is a butterfly not a gloomy bird of prey”


Lady can I take you walking we’ll get married then
Maybe we can do some talking we’ll get married then
First I must know where you come from
Where do you go of a Sunday morning
What foot do you dig with darling we’ll get married then

We’ll get married then we’ll get married then
When Santa Claus shaves off his whiskers
We’ll get married then

When the Pope allows divorce we’ll get married then
Dislodge King Billy from his horse and we’ll get married then
Oh you’re so full of bigotry your narrow eyes they cannot see
Why can’t you be more like me we’ll get married then

When little babies do not cry we’ll get married the
When politicians do not lie we’ll get married then
I’m not one to be contrary but what’s you stance on the Virgin Mary
Does your God shave or is he beardy we’ll get married then

When a Prod becomes the Pope of Rome we’ll get married then
When a Catholic sits on an English throne we’ll get married then
When Ian Paisley drinks a whiskey with young Bernadette McAliskey
That’s the day that I will kiss you we’ll get married then

Articles 2 and 3 must go and we’ll get married then
The Government of Ireland Act also we’ll get married then
Aren’t we getting slightly technical couldn’t we be a bit more practical
If I thought you really liked me we’ll get married then

Don’t you know I love you dearly we’ll get married then
No matter what the neighbours say we’ll get married then
We can’t stop the world from fighting but love can start the world uniting
How about tonight at midnight we’ll get married then