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Paddy Leary of Tipperary, Off to Philadelphia, Irish Stage Song with lyrics

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Published on Mar 8, 2012

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This famous tune is in the public domain, being well over 100 yrs. old. This particular vocal sound recording is copyrighted by Michael C. O'Laughlin, vocalist.
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"My Name is Paddy Leary" (Off to Philadelphia) is a stage song. It appears a generation after the great Irish famine, and before the 'Tin Pan Alley' era of popular Irish song in America. You can find it recorded with full orchestra over 100 years ago.
Paddy, from County Tipperary, Ireland is forced from Ireland and his potential sweetheart, Kate Malone. Trying to put his best face forward, in the end he dreams of the day he will return. This 19th century song was quite popular in its time. The Irish at that time found it more possible to return to Ireland, and admit their longing for old connections. Official Irish Roots Cafe Lyrics below:

Oh, Me name is Paddy Leary
from a spot called Tipp-er-ar-y-
The hearts of all the girls I am a thorn in
But before the break of morn-
it is they'll be all forlorn
For- I'm -off to- Philadelphi in the morning
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With- me bundle on me shoulder,
faith, there's no man could be bolder
I'm lavin dare old Ireland witout warning
For I lately took the notion,
for to cross the briny ocean
And,, I start for,, Philadelphi in the mornin There's a girl called Kate Malone
whom I'd hope to call me own
and To see me little cabin floor- adornin
But my heart is - sad and weary -,
how can she be Mrs. Leary-
If, I start for,- Philadelphi in the morning
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With- me bundle on me shoulder,
faith, there's no man could be bolder
I'm lavin dare old Ireland witout warnin
For I lately took the notion,
for to cross the briny ocean
And,,- I start for,- Philadelphi in the morning
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When they told me I must lave this place
I tried to keep a, - cheerful - face,....
For To show me hearts deep sorrow I - was scornin,
But the tears will surely blind me -
for the friends I lave behind me -
When- I start for, Philadelphi in the mornin
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But though, me bundles on me shoulder
sure there's no man can be bolder
I'm leaving now the spot that I was born in
Yet some day I'll take the notion
to come back across the ocean
To- me- home- in - dear old Ireland-
in the- mornin-

Sung by Mike O'Laughlin of 'Sean Nós Abu !'. Part of the programs in genealogy and history at Irishroots.com. This version was made in preparation for the final album: 'Irish Song, Traditional and Sean Nós', released in 2013.

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