Hubby History Hump Day!

Molly Malone

We happened to be walking back from the Farmers Market and from behind I heard a local protester sing:

In Dublin’s fair city,
Where the girls are so pretty,
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone,
As she wheeled her wheel-barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, “Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!”

“Alive, alive, oh,
Alive, alive, oh”,
Crying “Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh”.

The song goes on to describe a young fishmonger that dies suddenly from a fever while her ghost lives on to ply the streets of Dublin. Despite statues, fanciful pub stories and the endorsed claims of June 13, 1699 being “Molly Malone Day”


Photo by Francis Tyers

No real record of the event or a person named Molly Malone has been turned up in the records. Ironically, the song was written by by James Yorktown of Edinburg sometime around 1883. However you can hear U2 sing a version of it here

4 thoughts on “Hubby History Hump Day!

  1. I used to pass by the Molly Malone statue every day when I used to head to college.. There’s one erected on grafton street in Dublin….

  2. I always loved the song and used to sing it when I was little, but I love the U2 version. Thanks for the history lesson behind it.

  3. It is one of the songs I downloaded from iTunes. They have a lot of different people singing it. Love it!! 🙂

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