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The Night Pat Murphy Died (Johnny Burke) MIDI
See also: The Night That Paddy Murphy Died
(Ryan's Fancy)
And also: The Night Paddy Murphy Died
(Collected by Triskelle)
And also: The Night Pat Murphy Died (Great Big Sea)
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Sung to the air: Paddle Your Own Canoe
by Harry Clifton [1832-1872]

The night that Paddy Murphy died
I never will forget,
The whole gang they got loaded drunk
and some ain't sober yet;
And while the bottle was passed around,
sure everyone would stay,
And Murphy came down with the pipes
to open up the play.

That's how they showed respects to Paddy Murphy,
How they showed their honor and their pride;
And then they looked at Pat and all the others,
And everything at the wake was fun
the night that Murphy died.

'Bout two o'clock in the morning,
some dirty sneakin' tramp,
Rose up the lid of the ice box
to see poor Paddy's lamp;
They stopped the clock so
Mts Murphy couldn't tell the time,
And at a quarter after two,
they argued her it was nine.

That's how they showed respects to Paddy Murphy,
How they showed their honor and their pride;
And then they looked at Pat and all the others,
And everything at the wake was fun
the night that Murphy died.

Oh, the day of Paddy's funeral
it was a wonderful sight,
And the people all looked lovely,
and the pall bearers dressed in white;
They brought him to the graveyard
and laid him in the clay,
And they said goodbye to Paddy
and they all walked away.

That's how they showed respects to Paddy Murphy,
How they showed their honor and their pride;
And then they looked at Pat and all the others,
And everything at the wake was fun
the night that Murphy died.

####.... Johnny Burke [1851-1930] ....####
Published in Burke's Ballads, p.55, c.1960, compiled by John White and archived at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Libraries, Centre For Newfoundland Studies - Digitized Books collection.

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A 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).

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Another variant was 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).

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


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