"And a Bang on the Ear" is a song from Scottish-Irish folk rock band The Waterboys, released as the second single from their fourth studio album Fisherman's Blues. It was written by Mike Scott, and produced by John Dunford and Scott. The song reached No. 1 in Ireland and No. 51 in the UK. The single's B-side, "The Raggle Taggle Gypsy", was recorded live at Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow.
The song was recorded at Spiddal House, Spiddal, County Galway, Ireland in April 1988. In 2006, fiddle player Steve Wickham recalled of the song: "We played a lot of takes before we got this right. It is often the simple ones that are the most difficult."
Upon release, Music & Media wrote: "Easy-going, traditional folk material with a strong melody line and good lyrics. Stylewise, an uncompromising song but one that could be a hit." In a review of Fisherman's Blues, Stereo Review described the song as "lilting, rollicking, and altogether effortless". The reviewer added: "It flows in a way that suggests Scott has arrived at some breakthrough in his conception of the Waterboys."Audio picked the song as the album's "best cut" and described it as "a bouncy ditty full of cyanide and vinegar".