Off For Philadelphia
DESCRIPTION: Paddy Leary is leaving Tipperary for Philadelphia "before the break of morning... without warning." He had hoped to marry Kate Malone but now "they told me I must leave the place... the tears will surely blind me." He'll return some day.
EARLIEST DATE: 1951 (MUNFLA/Leach)
KEYWORDS: courting love emigration farewell home parting separation travel sea America Ireland nonballad friend
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ADDITIONAL: J. Bodewalt Lampe, Songs of Ireland (New York: Remick Music Corp, 1916 (Digitized by Google), pp. 48-49, "My Name Is Paddy Leary (Off To Philadelphia)" (1 text, 1 tune)
The McNulty Family, "Off For Philadelphia" (on "Irish Folk Songs," Colonial Records COL-LP-121 LP (1957))
Jack Swain, "Off For Philadelphia" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
NOTES [25 words]: According to Lampe, "words revised by Stephen Temple, [tune] adapted from the arrangement of an old Irish melody by Battison Haynes (1859-1900)." - BS
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