MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Irish Paddy
Pat Critch NFLD 2 Tape 11 Track 4
Flatrock Audio:
Ballad

(First recited then first verse sung)

LEACH: All right
CRITCH:(recites)

I am an Irishman and a word l got to say
I’ll sing you a song that's peculiar made(?)
Our country's wet tears have wiped out every smile
Sure it's out to the war of Emery Guile(?)

Our they are the finest as ever you have seen
With England somehow that we never can agree
May the curse on the quarrel that keeps us all down
The shamrock a friend to the rose and the crown

REFRAIN
If you'll search the page of history it's there you will find
The Irishman was never behind
With his bayonet by his side Pat have often turned the tide
And helped to build the honour of old England

On the tablets of fame if you’re searching again
Brave men and valiant men they're there to be seen
Once ______ Robert ______________
Washington so great they won famed Waterloo
That's why l say and l still will maintain
Our boys they fought hard in victorious reign

And if ye did your duty of the truth you would confess
For to help out poor Pat when he's snared, when he lauds in distress

REFRAIN
If you'll search the page of history it's there you will find
The Irishman was never behind
With his bayonet by his side Pat have often turned the tide
And helped to build the honour of old England

Its a short strip of ocean the lands they are apart
But no strip at all can divide a true heart
That's Paddy's heart that is loyal and true
Which you never found in the history of youth

On the magical hilltops where vengeance were swift
When will you ever forget the word ___________
These horrid deeds we’ll never reveal
They were done by the eighteenth brave Irish brigades

REFRAIN
If you'll search the page of history it's there you will find
The Irishman was never behind
With his bayonet by his side Pat have often turned the tide
And helped to build the honour of old England

(Speaks) You ever hear that before?
LEACH: No. And what's the air?

CRITCH: [sings first verse over]
l am an Irishman ___________ guile


Notes


Text: Celebrates the bravery and courage of Irish soldiers in wartime. Although there are many songs by this name they often have a different plot.

Tune: Full text recited and then the first verse sung.

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