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Pat (MacEdward Leach)

And the first day of April I'll never forget,
Three English blades together they met;
They jumped on their horses and swore solemnly,
They would play a trick on the first man they see.

The first man they see was a tailor so high,
Going out of Tyrome riding into Carlisle;
They saluted poor Pat and he did the same,
In close conversation together they came.

They all rode along till they made a full stop,
They asked Paddy in to take a drop;
"By the hokey," says Pat with a wink and a smile,
"I'd like to be tasting your ale and strong wine!"

So they stopped for that night and departed next day,
Until they had twenty-eight shillings to pay;
Four for their horses for oats and for hay,
They left Irish Paddy the reckoning to pay.

"Begorra!" says Pat as they're all gone away,
"My money in my pocket the reckoning I'll pay;
So sit down beside me before I do go,
I'll tell you a trick perhaps you don't know.

"I'll tell you a trick it's contrary to law,
Two sorts of whiskey out of one cask I'll draw!"
The landlord being eager to find out the plan,
'Twas down in the cellar the two of them ran.

Pat bore a hole all in a short space,
Sayin' "Now put your hand there on that very place!"
He next bore another sayin' "Put your hand there,
While I for a tumbler will run up the stairs!"

He run up the stairs 'round the room he did walk,
And down on the counter he wrote with his chalk;
Twenty-eight shillings the reckoning is paid,
There's an Irishman after ye three English blades.

He jumped on his horse and he ran out of sight,
When the hostler came in to see if all was right;
He searched the whole house from the top to the ground,
Half dead in the cellar his master he found.

"I've been keeping an inn this twelve year or more,
Such a trick as that Begorra I never saw before;
I thought I was as witty as any could be,
But brave Irish Paddy he outwitted me!"

####.... Author unknown. Variant of Three English Rovers collected in 1951 by Helen Creighton [1899-1989] and published in Maritime Folk Songs, pp.126-127, Ryerson Press, Toronto, 1962 ....####

Collected in 1950 from Margaret Power [1918-1994] of Tors Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was collected in 1951 from Cyril O'Brien [ca.1902] of Trepassey, NL, and published as The First Day Of April in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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