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ejsant Lyr Req: Paddy Ryan's Victory (12) RE: Lyr Req: Paddy Ryan's Victory 08 Jul 05


Excerpted from "Body, Boots, and Britches – Tales and Ballads of Up Country America" by Harold W. Thompson, published in 1940 by the J. B. Lippincott Company.

The author wrote; "His triumph was sung by the American folk in Paddy Ryan's Victory, a ballad of ten double stanzas containing these fervid lines:" (page 232)

        From round seventy-eight to eighty-six,
        Left room for to believe
       No Englishman could even stand
        The weight of Paddy's sleeve;
        For his well trained hundred pounder
        It lighted with free will
        In the very corner that Joe choose
        His flood* did freely spill.

        Round eighty-seven you would swear
        The heavens burst out in war,
        The word of victory freely went
        From every ancient craw;
        The referee the time did call,
        But Joe could not reply,
        And the fight was freely given
        To our bold Tipperary boy.

* This may be a typographical error as substituting the word "blood" seems to make more sense relative to the story. Now this is only a theory as I only have the two versus to go by.

Peace,
Ed


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