MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Paddy Doyle
Bert Fitzgerald NFLD 2 Tape 10A Track 15
Trepassey Audio:
Comic Song

One heavenly night in last November
What night it was I don't remember
As the moon and stars shone brightly on the sky
When Paddy Doyle lived in Killarney
He courted a cook named Biddy Boyle
Her tongue was tipped with a bit of the Barley
Sounded Pat with the golden ___________

One heavenly night in last November
What night it was l don’t remember
As the moon and stars shone brightly on the sky
When Paddy Boyle walked out to meet his Biddy darling
The boy he drank some liquor that day
It made his spirits light and gay

Sure Pat to himself did often say
Sure what's the use o' me walkin fast
For l know she’ll meet me on the way

Right fol de dol de daddy
Right fol de dol de dee

Now he lay down upon the way
He wasn’t long there till he got a comrade
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When a big jackass soon smelt out Pat
And lay down beside him on the grass
He hugged and smugged that hairy mess, sir
And threw his hat to the world's care
Oh she's mine may the heaven bless her
But by my salt she's as light as air

He put his hand on the donkey's nose
And the ass began to breathe
And Pat jumped up and screeched out
Blue murder I’m killed I’m hit I’m murdered on the way

Right fol de dol de daddy
Right fol de dol de dee

He never stopped on a hand leg or foot
Till he arrived at Biddy's door
Saying let me in my Biddy darling
I’m killed I’m hit I’m murdered on the way

Right fol de dol de daddy
Right fol de dol de dee

Now he told his story mighty pleasant
As she prepares the whiskey glass
They were to be married the very next day
But he never got back that old straw hat
The donkey ate upon the way


Notes


Sources: Laws Q19 (Doran’s Ass); Roud 1010; Creighton-Nova Scotia 75 (Doran’s Ass); Mercer, 1979: 114; Peacock, 1965:50 (Doran’s Ass, Patty Doyle).
Broadside references include Bodleain, Harding B11(946), (Doran’s Ass, One Paddy Doyle Lived Near Killarney) J.O. Bebbingotn (Manchester 1855-1858, more broadside citations can be found at the Traditional Ballad Index (http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/BalladSearch.html).
From the Memorial University Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA) Song Index and Song Annotation Collection: Power, Edwina MUNFLA 78-319

Text: A comical song. Paddy saunters drunkenly to meet his sweetheart. He lies upon the grass dreaming of his lover where a donkey lies down beside him. Paddy mistakes the animal for his girlfriend and cuddles it. During the time the ass eats his straw hat and eventually brays when Paddy caresses his nose. With that, Paddy jumps up and runs to his sweetheart’s house. They are married the next day.

Tune: The text is through composed and the melody repeats with each verse. The last word is spoken. Speaking, instead of singing a final word or phrase is generally thought to indicate Irish influence on the singer or song. The meter is a freely felt 2/4. The key is indistinct due to a speaking like singing voice.

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