Riley and I Were Chums

DESCRIPTION: "Oh, RIley and I were chums and always shared... Take my word whatever I done, I handed it over to Riley." The singer gave Riley a share of his drink. When he is arrested, he gives Riley the warrant. When his wife is unpleasant, he gives her to Riley
AUTHOR: Words: (see NOTES) / Music: Felix McGlennon
EARLIEST DATE: 1941 (Peters)
KEYWORDS: humorous drink wife friend
FOUND IN: US(MW) Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Peters, pp. 57-58, "Riley and I Were Chums" (1 text,1 tune)
Roud #9080
ALTERNATE TITLES:
I Handed It Over to Riley
NOTES: This song seems to have been best known from the singing of Johnny Burke, and some suspect he wrote it as a result. However, a nearly-illegible songster I found online (the "Gimme My Money Songster") appears to credit the words to Frank Totisey. I cannot read the composer's name at all. but another Internet source credits Felix McGlennon. The lyrics are there credited to Albert Hall. The title given is "I Handed It Over to Riley." The copyright date is nineteenth century.
It does seem more like a Stage Irish song than a Burke song. - RBW
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