"Oh thunder and lightening is no lark... And view the zoological gardens"

(The Dubliners singing "The Zoological Gardens")

 

These lines are taken from "The Zoological Gardens" a traditional song:

 

Thunder and lightning is no lark

When Dublin City is in the dark

So if you've any money, go up to the park

And view the Zoological Gardens

 

We went up there to see the zoo

We saw the lion and the kangaroo

There was he-males and she-males of every hue

Up in the Zoological Gardens

 

We went out there by Castleknock

Says she to me "Sure, we'll court on the lock"

Then I knew she was one of the rare old stock

From outside the Zoological Gardens

 

Oh, thunder and lightning is no lark

When Dublin City is in the dark

So if you've any money, go up to the park

And view the Zoological Gardens

 

We went up there on our honeymoon

Says she to me "If you don't come soon

I'll have to get in with the hairy baboon"

Up in the Zoological Gardens

 

Says she to me "It's seven o'clock

And time for me to be changin' me frock

For I'd love to see that old cockatoo"

Up in the Zoological Gardens

 

Says she to me "Me lovely Jack

Sure I'd love a ride on the elephant's back

If you don't get out of that I'll give you such a crack"

Up in the Zoological Gardens

 

Oh, thunder and lightning is no lark

When Dublin City is in the dark

So if you've any money go up to the park

And view the Zoological Gardens