Poor Paddy Works On The Railway

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Irish railway workers experience during 1840s.

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In eighteen hundred and forty-one
My corduroy breeches¹ I put on
My corduroy breeches I put on
To work upon the railway, the railway
I'm weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway

In eighteen hundred and forty-two
I moved from Hartlepool to Crewe [Note 313.1]
And found myself a job to do
A-working on the railway, the railway
I'm weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway

In eighteen hundred and forty-three
I broke my shovel across my knee
and went to work for the company
On the Leeds and Selby, railway, the railway, [Note 313.2]
I'm weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway

In eighteen hundred and forty-four
I landed on the Liverpool shore [Note 313.3]
I landed on the Liverpool shore
To work upon the railway, the railway
I'm weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway

In eighteen hundred and forty-five
When Daniel O'Connell¹ he was alive
When Daniel O'Connell he was alive
And working on the railway, the railway
I'm weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway

In eighteen hundred and forty-six
I made my trade to carrying bricks [Note 313.4]
I made my trade to carrying bricks
For working on the railway
I'm weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway

In eighteen hundred and forty-seven
Poor Paddy was thinking of going to Heaven
Poor Paddy was thinking of going to Heaven
To work upon the railway, the railway
I'm weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway

 

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Source Title Poor Paddy Works On The Railway
Bargery Number 313
Roud 208
Earliest Date 1847
Evidence for Earliest Date Latest date mentioned in the song
Source of Text The Shuttle and Cage Industrial Folk Ballads Edited by Ewan MacColl (London, Workers Music Association, 1954) p20
Author Anonymous
Source of Music As text
Composer Anonymous
First Line In eighteen hundred and forty-one
Parsed Title Poor Paddy Works On The Railway

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