Paddy Whack

DESCRIPTION: Paddy Whack boasts of his Irish ancestry, his schooling (especially in fisticuffs), and his skill in war
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1939 (Eddy)
KEYWORDS: Ireland
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Eddy 153, (first of several "Fragments of Irish Songs")
ST E153A (Full)
Roud #5353
NOTES: There is a broadside, "Paddy Whack," beginning "Oh here I am and that is flat," from the nineteenth century (WolfAmericanSongSheets, p. 123), and another (p. 142), "Since I've Been in the Army," which starts, "I'm Paddy Whack, from Bally-a-hack, not long ago turned soldier," but I don't know if either is the same piece. There are five versions of the latter, which implies that Paddy the character, at least, was popular. - RBW
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File: E153A

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