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Off For Philadelphia (MacEdward Leach)

Me name is Paddy Leary
from a spot called Tipperary,
And the hearts of all the girls
I am a-turning;
And before the break of morning
sure 'tis they'll be all forlorn,
For I'm off to Philadelphia in the morning.

With me bundle on me shoulder
fair there's no man can be bolder,
I'm leavin' dear old Ireland without warning;
For I lately took the notion
for to cross the briny ocean,
And I start for Philadelphia in the morning.

There's a girl called Kate Malone
whom I hopes to call my own,
And to see my little cabin floor adorning;
But my heart is sad and weary
how can she be Mrs Leary,
If I start for Philadelphia in the morning.

With me bundle on me shoulder
fair there's no man can be bolder,
I'm leavin' dear old Ireland without warning;
For I lately took the notion
for to cross the briny ocean,
And I start for Philadelphia in the morning.

When they told me I should leave the place
I tried to keep a cheerful face,
And to show my heart's deep sorrow I was scorning;
But the tears will surely blind me
for the friends I left behind me,
When I start for Philadelphia in the morning.

With me bundle on me shoulder
fair there's no man can be bolder,
I'm leavin' dear old Ireland without warning;
For I lately took the notion
for to cross the briny ocean,
And I start for Philadelphia in the morning.

####.... Variant of a song revised and edited by Stephen Temple with music adapted from an old Irish melody by Battison Haynes [1859-1900] ....####

Sung in 1950 by John Joseph (Jack) Swain [1892-1982] of Calvert, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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