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Michael Finnegan
Michaelfinnegan
Debuted in Caring Means Sharing
Type Traditional
Usage Discontinued Use (Last Appeared in Ship, Ahoy!)
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Michael Finnegan is an example of an unboundedly long song, which can continue with numerous variations until the singer decides (or is forced) to stop. Like most other perpetual songs, this song tends to be sung by schoolchildren. This song first appeared in "Caring Means Sharing". It uses the same tune as "Ten Little Indians".

Lyrics

There was an old man named Michael Finnegan
He had whiskers on his chinnegan
They grew out and then grew in again
Poor old Michael Finnegan, begin again
There was an old man named Min Finnegan
He had whiskers on his chinnegan
They grew out and then grew in again
Poor old Min Finnegan, begin again
There was an old man named Derek Finnegan
He had whiskers on his chinnegan
They grew out and then grew in again
Poor old Derek Finnegan, begin again
There was an old man named Shawn Finnegan
He had whiskers on his chinnegan
They grew out and then grew in again
Poor old Shawn Finnegan, begin again
There was an old man named Kathy Finnegan
He had whiskers on his chinnegan
They grew out and then grew in again
Poor old Kathy Finnegan, begin again
There was an old man named Barney Finnegan
He had whiskers on his chinnegan
They grew out and then grew in again
Poor old Barney Finnegan, begin again
We all had a turn being Michael Finnegan
We'll never stop if we begin again
This song makes my poor head spin again
Goodbye Michael Finnegan

There was an old man named Michael Finnegan
He had whiskers on his chinnegan
They grew out and then grew in again
Poor old Michael Finnegan, begin again
There was an old man named Michael Finnegan
He went fishing with a grinnegan
Caught a fish and reeled it in again
Poor old Michael Finnegan, begin again
There was an old man named Michael Finnegan
He got fat and then got thin again
When he stopped, he had to begin again
Poor old Michael Finnegan, begin again
There was an old man named Michael Finnegan
We'll never stop if we begin again
This song makes my poor head spin again
Goodbye Michael Finnegan

Children's Song Used In...

  1. Caring Means Sharing
  2. Ship, Ahoy!
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