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The song actually has a few more verses and is (in that every verse, including the last one, ends 'begin again!'), a song that never ends, a property it shares with such classics as 'Where Have all the Flowers Gone?', 'There's a Hole in my Bucket' and, of course, 'The Song That Never Ends'. In the version I know 'Michael Finnigan' is used throughout, rather than 'Old Mike Finnigan', and I prefer the way it sounds and have therefore used it here. Obviously, the last words of each line should be pronounced in a run-together manner to rhyme with 'Finnigan' - so 'beginigan' rather than 'begin again' and so on.

There was an old man named Michael Finnigan
He grew whiskers on his chinnigan
The wind came out and blew them in again
Poor old Michael Finnigan, begin again.

There was an old man named Michael Finnigan
He kicked up an awful dinigan
Because they said he must not sing again
Poor old Michael Finnigan, begin again.

There was an old man named Michael Finnigan
He went fishing with a pinigan
Caught a whale and threw him in again
Poor old Michael Finnigan, begin again.

There was an old man named Michael Finnigan
Climbed a tree and barked his shinigan
Took off yards and yards of skinigan
Poor old Michael Finnigan, begin again.

There was an old man named Michael Finnigan
He grew fat and then grew thin again
Then he died and had to begin again
Poor old Michael Finnigan, begin again.

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