MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Off for Philadelphia
Jack Swain NFLD 1 Tape 6A Track 12
Calvert Audio:
Ballad / emigration

Me name is Paddy Leary from a spot called Tipperary
And the hearts of all the girls I am a-turning
And before the break of morning sure 'tis they'll be all forlorn
For I'm off to Philadelphia in the morning

Chorus: With me bundle on me shoulder fair there's no man can be bolder
I'm leavin' dear old Ireland without warning
For I lately took the notion for to cross the briny ocean
And I start for Philadelphia in the morning

There's a girl called Kate Malone whom I hopes to call my own
And to see my little cabin floor adorning
But my heart is sad and weary how can she be Mrs. Leary
If I start for Philadelphia in the morning

Chorus: With me bundle on me shoulder fair there's no man can be bolder
I'm leavin' dear old Ireland without warning
For I lately took the notion for to cross the briny ocean
And I start for Philadelphia in the morning

When they told me I should leave the place I tried to keep a cheerful face
And to show my heart's deep sorrow I was scorning
But the tears will surely blind me for the friends I left behind me
When I start for Philadelphia in the morning

Chorus: With me bundle on me shoulder and there's no man can be bolder
I'm leavin' now the spot that I was born in
But someday I'll take a notion to come back across the ocean
To my home in dear old Ireland in the morning


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Text notes: A comic style even though the text expresses sadness about leaving Ireland for Philadelphia.

Tune notes: 6/8 metre, major key; "abcd" form with the same tune for the refrain and stanzas.

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