“Mick Riley”


"'Twas in the summer season in the year of seventy-six" the singer fished one summer on Ocean Lark, whose owner is a cobbler in winter. The song claims this cobbler is a cheat and robber and will be so until "he'll find himself in Hell's eternal flames"


Ives-DullCare: "This song was about the Gull Decoy's son Mick, who, during the off-season, worked as a cobbler." See the notes to "The Gull Decoy" for another example of Gorman's reputed vindictiveness. - BS

Cross references


  1. Ives-DullCare, p. 87, "Mick Riley" (1 text)
  2. Roud #14003
  3. BI, IvDC087


Author: Larry Gorman
Earliest date: 1958 (Ives-DullCare)
Found in: Canada(Mar)