“Me Old Ragadoo”


Michael Chaser was born "with me hands in the pockets of me old ragadoo." At forty he meets Suzy Lagan but claims he won't shame her by taking her to the altar in his old ragadoo. She is fine with that and bids him adieu. He marries someone else.


Lehr/Best: "A 'ragadoo' is a general name for a tattered garment, presumably with pockets."

This is close enough to "The Little Beggarman" that I could not argue too long if they were considered the same song. Clearly, one is derived from the other. The difference is that this song, in Lehr/Best, actually has a story (having nothing to do with begging). Nevertheless, I would bet that this is the derivative. - BS

Cross references

  • cf. "The Little Beggarman" (tune, words)


  • Anita Best, "Me Old Ragadoo" (on NFABest01)


  1. Lehr/Best 77, "Me Old Ragadoo" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, LeBe077


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1977 (Lehr/Best)
Found in: Canada(Newf)