Paddy, Get Back

DESCRIPTION: Shanty, with long chorus, "Paddy, get back, Take in the slack, Heave away your capstan," etc. The song details how the poor boy has to go to sea to earn money, then suffers at the hands of weather, mate, and a long voyage
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1898
KEYWORDS: shanty poverty sailor abuse
FOUND IN: US(MA) Canada(Mar) Britain(England(Lond))
REFERENCES (6 citations):
Doerflinger, pp. 54-55, "Paddy, Get Back" (1 text, 1 tune)
Colcord, pp. 121-122, "Paddy Get Back" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hugill, pp. 321-327, "Paddy Lay Back" (3 texts, 3 tunes with variants) [AbEd, pp. 241-244]
Shay-SeaSongs, pp. 68-70, "Paddy Get Back" (1 text, 1 tune)
Smith/Hatt, pp. 42-43, "Lay Out, Tack Sheets and Haul" (1 text)
DT, PADLAYBK

Roud #653
RECORDINGS:
George Ling, "On Board the Leicester Castle" (on Voice02)
Richard Maitland, "Paddy, Get Back" (AFS, 1939; on LC26)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Liverpool Song" (form, lyrics)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Mainsail Haul
The Liverpool Song
Valparaiso Round the Horn
File: Doe054

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