Pat Malloy [Laws Q24]
DESCRIPTION: Pat, the singer, reports that his mother (burdened with thirteen children) at last had to send him out to fend for himself. He visits England and America, sending his earnings home. Finally he prepares to return to Ireland and his sweetheart Molly
AUTHOR: Words: DIon Boucicault / Music: Dan Bryant (1833-1875) (Source: Jon W. Finson, _The Voices That Are Gone: Themes in Nineteenth-Century American Popular Song_, Oxford University Press, 1994)
EARLIEST DATE: before 1865 (broadside, LOCSinging sb40549a)
KEYWORDS: mother emigration love return Ireland
FOUND IN: US(SE) Ireland
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Laws Q24, "Pat Malloy"
O'Conor, p. 116, "Pat Malloy" (1 text)
Scarborough-SongCatcher, pp. 333-335, "Pat Malloy" (1 text; tue on pp. 447-448)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #1848, p. 125, "Pat Malloy" (1 reference)
DT 533, PATMOLOY
Bodleian, 2806 c.9(28), "Pat Molloy," W.S. Fortey (London), 1858-1885; also 2806 b.11(24), "Pat Molloy!"; 2806 c.8(191), Johnson Ballads 3061, "Pat Malloy"
LOCSinging, sb40549a, "Pat Malloy," H. De Marsan (New York), 1861-1864
cf. "Return of Pat Molloy" (character of Pat Malloy/Molloy)
NOTES: Laws calls this "Pat Malloy," which we follow, but the name "Pat Molloy" is at least as common -- and it seems to have been the basis for the (probable) sequel "Return of Pat Molloy." Laws mentions a sequel, "Molly's Welcone to Pat Malloy." I haven't yet found a copy of this, so I don't know if it is the same as the other sequel, "Return of Pat Molloy."
To be fair, the earliest sheet music is called "Pat Malloy." Jon W. Finson, The Voices That Are Gone: Themes in Nineteenth-Century American Popular Song, Oxford University Press, 1994, facing p. 177, has an 1865 sheet music cover showing Dan Bryant as Pat Malloy. - RBW
Broadside LOCSinging sb40549a: H. De Marsan dating per Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS
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