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

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

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 shame
and they winked at one another,
Every drink in the place was full
the night Pat Murphy died.

As Mrs Murphy sat in corner
pouring out her grief,
Kelly and his gang came
tearing down the street;
They went into an empty room
and a bottle of whiskey stole,
Put the bottle with the corpse
to keep their whiskey cold.

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 shame
and they winked at one another,
Every drink in the place was full
the night Pat Murphy died.

About two o'clock in the morning
after emptying their jug,
Doyle lifts up the ice box lid
and seen poor Paddy's mug;
We fixed the clock so Mrs Murphy
couldn't tell the time,
At a quarter after two
we argued it was nine.

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 shame
and they winked at one another,
Every drink in the place was full
the night Pat Murphy died.

We stopped to rehearse
outside Sundance Saloon,
We all went in at half past eight
and we staggered out at noon;
Went up to the graveyard,
so holy and sublime,
Found out when we got there,
they'd left the corpse behind!

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 shame
and they winked at one another,
Every drink in the place was full
the night Pat Murphy died.

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

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 shame
and they winked at one another,
Every drink in the place was full
the night Pat Murphy died.
Well, every drink in the place was full
the night Pat Murphy died! Died! Died!

####.... Variant of the original The Night Pat Murphy Died by Johnny Burke [1851-1930] ....####
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This variant was arranged and recorded 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).

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A variant was recorded as The Night That Paddy Murphy Died by Ryan's Fancy (Newfoundland Drinking Songs, ©1973, Audat Records).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

A longer variant was also collected as The Night Paddy Murphy Died by Triskelle.


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