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The Night Paddy Murphy Died (Coll. by Triskelle) with video
See also: The Night Pat Murphy Died (Johnny Burke)
And also:The Night That Paddy Murphy Died (Ryan's Fancy)
And also: The Night Pat Murphy Died (Great Big Sea)

              #129 YouTube video by BardofCornwall ©2011
                              ~ Used with permission ~

Oh, the night that Paddy Murphy died is a night I'll never forget,
Some of the boys got loaded drunk and they ain't got sober yet;
As long as a bottle was passed around every man was feelin' gay,
O'Leary came with the bagpipes some music for to play.

And that's how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy,
That's how they showed their honour and their pride;
They said it was a sin and a shame and they winked at one another,
Now every drink in the wakehouse went, the night Pat Murphy died.

Mrs. Murphy sat in the corner, pourin' out her grief,
When Kelly and his friends, came roaring down the street;
They crept into an empty room and a bottle of whiskey stole,
They placed the bottle on the corpse to keep the liquor cold.

And that's how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy,
That's how they showed their honour and their pride;
They said it was a sin and a shame and they winked at one another,
Now every drink in the wakehouse went, the night Pat Murphy died.

At three o'clock in the morning, after emptying the jug,
Doyle rose up the coffin lid to see poor Paddy's mug;
He stopped the clock so Mrs. Murphy couldn't tell the time,
And at a quarter after three, they argued it was nine.

And that's how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy,
That's how they showed their honour and their pride;
They said it was a sin and a shame and they winked at one another,
Now every drink in the wakehouse went, the night Pat Murphy died.

And everyone got merry, they didn't care for prayer,
Mrs. Murphy said she'd wait till all the gang were there;
Of all the sights I've ever seen that made me shiver with fear,
They took the ice right off the corpse and placed it on the beer.

And that's how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy,
That's how they showed their honour and their pride;
They said it was a sin and a shame and they winked at one another,
Now every drink in the wakehouse went, the night Pat Murphy died.

Now everything was doin' fine, there was no ill at all,
Till Finnegan told Callaghan, "You've got an awful gall."
I thought that that might start a row, and sure enough it did,
For Callaghan had carved his name upon the coffin lid.

And that's how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy,
That's how they showed their honour and their pride;
They said it was a sin and a shame and they winked at one another,
Now every drink in the wakehouse went, the night Pat Murphy died.

Then the fight got fierce and strong, everyone was in,
Someone knocked the whiskers off poor old Darby Flynn;
And Dirty Andy Burke was there, now whadda ya think he done?
He placed the corpse right on its head, in the corner just for fun.

And that's how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy,
That's how they showed their honour and their pride;
They said it was a sin and a shame and they winked at one another,
Now every drink in the wakehouse went, the night Pat Murphy died.

Someone hollered for the cops; they busted down the door,
They jumped upon ol' Paddy's back and they laid him on the floor;
They knocked him twice behind the ears and they knocked him on the head,
When they jumped up from his back, sure they found out he was dead.

And that's how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy,
That's how they showed their honour and their pride;
They said it was a sin and a shame and they winked at one another,
Now every drink in the wakehouse went, the night Pat Murphy died.

Mrs. Murphy started in, battled with them cops,
She chased 'em, every one of them; she chased 'em several blocks;
A lovely time was had by all, eighteen in court were tried,
For having caused a riot on the night Pat Murphy died.

And that's how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy,
That's how they showed their honour and their pride;
They said it was a sin and a shame and they winked at one another,
Now every drink in the wakehouse went, the night Pat Murphy died.

At eight o'clock in the morning, the procession left the house,
And everyone but poor ol' Mrs. Murphy was out soused;
They stopped on the way to the churchyard at the old Red Door Saloon,
They staggered in at nine o'clock and didn't come out till noon.

And that's how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy,
That's how they showed their honour and their pride;
They said it was a sin and a shame and they winked at one another,
Now every drink in the wakehouse went, the night Pat Murphy died.

Someone asked ol' Finnegan if anyone had died,
"Lou," says he, "I'm not quite sure, I just came for the ride."
They started out for the graveyard, all holy and sublime,
But found out when they got there, they'd left the corpse behind.

And that's how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy,
That's how they showed their honour and their pride;
They said it was a sin and a shame and they winked at one another,
Now every drink in the wakehouse went, the night Pat Murphy died.

Oh, the night that Paddy Murphy died is a night I'll never forget,
Some of the boys got loaded drunk and they ain't got sober yet;
As long as a bottle was passed around every man was feelin' gay,
O'Leary came with the bagpipes some music for to play.

####.... Variant of the original comic song The Night Pat Murphy Died by Johnny Burke [1851-1930] ....####
See more Johnny Burke songs.

The above lyrics were provided by Triskelle and were added to the GEST archive to demonstrate how Johnny Burke's original song has changed over the years since he wrote it.

The YouTube video above features an excellent performance of a variant by Jesse Ferguson of Cornwall, Ontario, Fredericton, New Brunswick and Sydney, Nova Scotia.

A shorter variant was recorded as The Night Paddy Murphy Died by Ryan's Fancy (Newfoundland Drinking Songs, trk#1, 1973, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario, recorded at Audio Atlantic, Halifax, Nova Scotia).


See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

A shorter variant was also recorded as The Night Pat Murphy Died by Great Big Sea (Play, trk#3, 1997, Warner Music Canada, Scarborough, Ontario, produced by Danny Greenspoon); and (Rant & Roar, trk#6, 1998, Rhino/WEA); and (Great Big DVD, trk#5, 2004, Zoe Cat#1059, Rounder Records, Burlington, Massachusetts).

See more songs by Great Big Sea.





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