Paddy and the Whale
DESCRIPTION: "Paddy O'Brien left Ireland in glee He had a strong notion old England to see." A whale attacks the ship, swallows him, and vomits him six months later. "The next time he wishes old England to see It will be when the railroad runs over the sea"
EARLIEST DATE: 1929 (Greenleaf/Mansfield)
KEYWORDS: travel escape drink England Ireland humorous whale
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greenleaf/Mansfield 67, "Paddy and the Whale" (1 text, 1 tune)
A.L. Lloyd, "Paddy and the Whale" (on Lloyd9)
cf. "Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor" (theme)
NOTES: Obviously a variant of the Jonah legend, this seems to be found only in Canada. Although no one seems to have traced it, I suspect stage-Irish origin. - RBW
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