#02273
Paddy On The Railway (Sullivan's Gypsies)
(Paddy Works On The Railway)
#46: YouTube video by kelticknots
©2007 ~ Used with permission ~

In eighteen hundred and forty-one,
Me corduroy breeches I put on;
Me corduroy breeches I put on,
To work upon the railway, the railway.
I'm weary of the railway,
Poor Paddy works on the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-two,
From Bartley Pool I moved to Crewe,
To find meself a job to do,
Workin' on the railway.

I was wearing corduroy britches,
Digging ditches, pulling switches, dodging hitches,
I was workin' on the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-three,
I broke me shovel across me knee,
Workin' for the company,
In the Leeds and Selby Railway.

I was wearing corduroy britches,
Digging ditches, pulling switches, dodging hitches,
I was workin' on the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-four,
I landed on the Liverpool shore;
Me belly was empty, me hands were raw,
From workin' on the railway, the railway.
I'm weary of the railway,
Poor Paddy works on the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-five,
When Daniel O'Connell he was alive;
Daniel O'Connell he was alive,
And workin' on the railway.

I was wearing corduroy britches,
Digging ditches, pulling switches, dodging hitches,
I was workin' on the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-six,
I changed me trade from carryin' bricks;
Changed me trade from carryin' bricks,
To workin' on the railway.

I was wearing corduroy britches,
Digging ditches, pulling switches, dodging hitches,
I was workin' on the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-seven,
Poor Paddy was thinkin' of goin' to heaven;
Poor Paddy was thinkin' of goin' to heaven,
To work upon the railway, the railway.
I'm weary of the railway,
Poor Paddy works on the railway.

I was wearing corduroy britches,
Digging ditches, pulling switches, dodging hitches,
I was workin' on the railway.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an Irish traditional thought by some to have originated as a stage song and by others to have been handed down through oral tradition from a capstan shanty with a steady rhythmic beat ....####
This variant of a popular ditty was recorded in the mid-1970s by Sullivan's Gypsies/Ryan's Fancy (Ryan's Fancy Sung By Sullivan's Gypsies, trk#4, 197? LP, Harmony/Columbia Records, Toronto, Ontario).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.


The video below features a 12-string guitar performance of a variant titled Paddy Works On The Railway by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.

#797: YouTube video by threelegsoman
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~


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