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Lyr Add: Is That Mr. Reilly? (Pat Rooney)

Jim Dixon 10 Oct 09 - 03:34 PM
Jim Dixon 11 Oct 09 - 01:45 PM
Seamus Kennedy 12 Oct 09 - 03:37 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: IS THAT MR. REILLY? (Pat Rooney)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 03:34 PM

The chorus from this song became a verse in another (folk-processed, apparently) song called ARE YOU MR. RILEY? which was posted in another thread, but I think this deserves its own thread.

Copied from The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music:


PAT ROONEY'S GREAT COMIC SONG.
IS THAT MR. REILLY?*

1. I'm Terence O'Reilly; I'm a man of renown,
I'm a thoroughbred to the backbone.
I'm related to O'Connor, my mother was Queen
Of China, ten miles from Athlone.
But if they'd let me be, I'd have Ireland free;
On the railroads you would pay no fare.
I'd have the United States under my thumb,
And I'd sleep in the President's chair.

SPOKEN: I was walking across the Atlantic Ocean the other day, and as I was coming in the dock a fellow says:

CHORUS: Is that Mr. Reilly, can anyone tell?
Is that Mr. Reilly that owns the hotel?
Well if that's Mr. Reilly they speak of so highly,
Well upon my soul, Reilly, you're doing quite well.

2. I'd have nothing but Irishmen on the police.
Patrick's Day will be the Fourth of July.
I'd get me a thousand infernal machines
To teach the Chinese how to die.
I'll defend workingmen's cause, manufacture the laws;
New York would be swimming in wine.
A hundred a day will be very small pay,
When the White House and Capitol are mine.

SPOKEN: As I was walking quietly along the Elevated Railroad the other day, a gang of people below hollered up: CHORUS


[*Title as it appears on the first page of the music. The title on the cover is IS THAT YOU MR. REILLY?, and this is the way it is indexed at the Levy site.

[This copy of the sheet music is undated, and the only publisher named is "S. & Co." – A bootleg, perhaps?]


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Subject: Lyr Add: ARE YOU THE O'REILLY? (Rooney, Emmett)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 01:45 PM

From the sheet music at the Levy Collection:


ARE YOU THE O'REILLY? (BLIME ME, O'REILLY, YOU ARE LOOKIN' WELL)
Adapted from the original song IS THAT MR. REILLY?
By permission of F. Harding, owner of copyright.
Original version by Pat Rooney
New version by P. Emmett

New York: Leo Feist, 1915.

1. I'm Terence O'Reilly. I'm a man of renown.
I'm a thoroughbred to the backbone.
I'm related to O'Connor. my mother was queen
Of China, ten miles from Athlone.
But if they'd let me be, I'd have Ireland free;
On the railroads you would pay no fare.
I'd have the United States under my thumb,
And I'd sleep in the President's chair.

CHORUS: Are you the O'Reilly that keeps this hotel?
Are you the O'Reilly they speak of so well?
Are you the O'Reilly, they speak of so highly?
Gor blime me, O'Reilly, you are looking well.

2. There's Shamus O'Reilly who kept the hotel.
He's assigned to the Commissary.
Back home in Old Dublin he did very well,
But he's now working for the army.
He once served at the "Pub," but he's now serving grub,
And it's flavored with powder and lead.
He took the King's shilling to go do his killing,
But he's cooking for sojers instead.

3. Young Ludwig O'Reilly—that may be his name—
In the trench on the enemy's side—
I glimpsed his big helmet and potted the same,
And to "helmit" went Ludwig's right eye.
Then his brother named Fritz nearly gave us all fits.
We were laughing at what he had done,
When up rose the blighter, a bally good fighter,
And he started us all on the run.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Is That Mr. Reilly? (Pat Rooney)
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 12 Oct 09 - 03:37 AM

This song is on Mick Moloney's latest CD - If It Wasn't For The Irish and the Jews.

Seamus


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