DESCRIPTION: Larry's father leaves when he is a baby in Ireland. He recounts his rambles to England as a hod carrying, bog trotting, soldiering at Waterloo, and retiring "with a wife to spend my life, sport and play, night and day" to Ireland.
EARLIEST DATE: before 1845 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 25(1072))
KEYWORDS: Napoleon Ireland marriage rambling return abandonment soldier
June 18, 1815 - Battle of Waterloo
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Eddy 148, "We Fought Like the Divil" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
O'Conor, pp. 55-56, "Larry O'Gaff" (1 text)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #1220, p. 84, "Larry O'Gaff" (2 references)
ST E148 (Full)
Bodleian, Harding B 25(1072), "Larry O Gaff", J. Pitts (London), 1819-1844
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