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My Name is Paddy Leary: Off to Philadelphia

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Paddy Leary
I first heard this song, which dates at least back
to 1889, on an old Victrola recording on YouTube.
It was Wilfred Glenn I heard singing it, and it is still
up on YouTube today. It came out well before
the era of Tin Pan Alley in the U.S., and I consider
it a stage song of the 1880s-90’s

Faulty Credits
This is an old song composed by Battison Hayes (b.1859-d.1900).
It is not by John Patterson, of County Clare, Ireland, who is
also of some note. The Clare County Library had the wrong
attribution for a short while, but quickly corrected it after we
sent an email with the updated information. It is usually
given as a traditional tune, also associated with Stephen Temple.

The Victrola Version
The early version I heard was quite distinctive, with orchestra
in the background, and a rather…. exaggerated style, which I
think fits the piece, and how it was performed in the day.
John McCormack himself performed the song, as well as the
‘Irish Tenors’ in more modern times.
Todays video contains my version ‘Paddy Leary’, just because
it stuck with me for a few years.

Here are the Lyrics I normally use for this song:

Oh, Me name is Paddy Leary
from a spot called Tipp-er-ar-y-
The hearts of all the girls I am a thorn in
But before the break of morn-
it is they’ll be all forlorn
For- I’m -off to- Philadelphi in the morning
With- me bundle on me shoulder,
faith, there’s no man could be bolder
I’m lavin dare old Ireland witout warning
For I lately took the notion,
for to cross the briny ocean
And,, I start for,, Philadelphi in the mornin
There’s a girl called Kate Malone
whom I’d hope to call me own
and To see me little cabin floor- adornin
But my heart is – sad and weary -,
how can she be Mrs. Leary-
If, I start for,- Philadelphi in the morning
With- me bundle on me shoulder,
faith, there’s no man could be bolder
I’m lavin dare old Ireland witout warnin
For I lately took the notion,
for to cross the briny ocean
And,,- I start for,- Philadelphi in the morning
When they told me I must lave this place
I tried to keep a, – cheerful – face,….
For To show me hearts deep sorrow I – was scornin,
But the tears will surely blind me –
for the friends I lave behind me –
When- I start for, Philadelphi in the mornin
chorus 2:
But though, me bundles on me shoulder
sure there’s no man can be bolder
I’m leaving now the spot that I was born in
Yet some day I’ll take the notion
to come back across the ocean
To- me- home- in – dear old Ireland-
in the- mornin-
(- end of lyrics -)

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