Paddy McGinty's Goat
DESCRIPTION: Paddy McGinty buys a nanny goat for the milk but finds it is a billy. The goat eats folks' valuables and causes the Kaiser problems. The goat swallows gasoline, dynamite and a spark: if you see someone in heaven with whiskers it may be this goat.
EARLIEST DATE: 1926 (Frank Quinn recording)
KEYWORDS: war clothes death humorous animal
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
Pat Harrington, "Paddy McGinty's Goat" (Decca 18786, 1939; on "Come-All-Ye's and Other Irish Songs," Coral Records CRL 57367 LP (1961))
Jack Houlihan, "Paddy McGinty's Goat" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
The McNulty Family, "Paddy McGinty's Goat" (private tape collection, likely on Copley Records after 1943)
Frank Quinn, "Paddy McGinty's Goat" (Bluebird B-4959, 1926; on "Farewell to Ireland," Proper Records Proper Box3 P1111 CD (1999))
cf. "Bill Grogan's Goat" (theme)
NOTES [125 words]: The Quinn and McNulty records have one set of verses, all of which Houlihan includes and adds two more.
The Harrington recording shares two verses with Quinn/McNulty, adds one that Houlihan includes about the goat swallowing someone's horse race winnings, and adds one more I haven't seen elsewhere: Mrs. Burke's daughter leaves town in disgrace after being seen kissing a man with whiskers she insists is the goat; she returns with loot she didn't get from the goat. Houlihan's is alone among the four versions having the Irish guards taking the goat to France and gassing the Kaiser's troops. In 1939 Ireland is nominally neutral and there is no mention of Germans or submarines on Harrington's recording. The four recordings use the same tune. - BS
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