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"Off to Philadelphia", Wilfred Glenn

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Published on Mar 23, 2008

Victor Record 17348—B. "Off to Philadelphia" (Old Irish Melody), Wilfred Glenn, accompaniment by Victor Orchestra. Bass. First issued circa early 1913. Played on my 1916 VV-X with the Exhibition Sound-Box.
8/31/08: Recorded March 31, 1913 in Camden N.J. two takes, the first take was issued, the second was destroyed.
"Adapted from an old Irish melody by Battison Haynes." VTMCo. ledger.

http://victor.library.ucsb.edu/index.php

lyrics from: Robokopp
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Oh me name is Paddy Leary,
From a spot called Tipperary,
The hearts of all the girls I'm adornin'
But before the break of Mornin',
Faith they'll be all forlornin'
For I'm off to Philadelphia in the Mornin'.

With me bundle on me shoulder,
Faith there's no man could be bolder.
I'm leaving dear old Ireland without warnin'.
For I lately took the notion,
For to cross the briny ocean,
And I start for Philadelphia in the Mornin.

There's a girl called Kate Malone,
Whom I hoped to call my own,
And to see my little cabin floor adornin.
But my heart is sad an weary,
How can she be Mrs. Leary?
If I start for Philadelphia in the mornin.

With me bundle on me shoulder,
Faith there's no man could be bolder.
I'm leaving dear old Ireland without warnin'.
For I lately took the notion,
For to cross the briny ocean,
And I start for Philadelphia in the Mornin.

When they told me I must leave the place,
I tried to keep a cheerful face.
For to show my heart's deep sorrow I was scornin,
But the tears will surely blind me,
For the friends I leave behind me,
When I start for Philadelphia in the mornin.

With me bundle on me shoulder,
And there's no man could be bolder,
As I leave this spot I was born in.
Yet someday I'll take the notion,
To come back across the ocean,
To my home in dear old Ireland, In the mornin.


Added Aug. 31, '08
Titanic buffs may remember this being sung in the Rank Organisation production of 'A Night to Remember'. Sung by Martin Gallagher played by Richard Clarke IIRC, during a party scene in steerage.

I have had a difficult time finding out anything about this song, I am most interested in any information anyone may have regarding it. I now believe that it was at least arranged by a man of some note named Battison Haynes (1859-1900). Also I've found out this number was recorded at least twice by Harry Plunket Greene, in 1904 and '09 for the Gramophone Company (U.K.)

A note from Mickthebridge opines the line in the first stanza is actually: "The hearts of all the girls I am a thorn in -", I'm inclined to agree upon a closer listen. Singers have put their own mark on songs time immemorial and of course I don't know where the website I cited above got their version of the lyrics from a recording or sheet music? It's always a fun time tracking down info and sharing thoughts on these great old numbers. Thank you Mick for spurring me on to a bit more research! :-)

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