The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #2316   Message #1327882
Posted By: Bee-dubya-ell
15-Nov-04 - 07:30 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Why Paddy isn't at work today
Subject: RE: Why Paddy isn't at work today
I've always done this song unaccompanied. But, I heard a guitar accompanied version on "Thistle & Shamrock" the other night and realized that there is an advantage to having accompaniment.

The whole point of the song is to make people laugh, right? Well, if you're singing unaccompanied and a part of the song gets a good laugh from the audience, it breaks the rhythm if you wait for the audience to finish laughing before starting the next verse. So, you have to plow right on into the next verse and the audience may miss part of the song. Accompanying yourself on guitar gives you the option of doing an extra little four-beat strum (or two) to allow the audience to "catch up with you".