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Thread #2316   Message #1827851
Posted By: Rumncoke
05-Sep-06 - 06:06 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Why Paddy isn't at work today
Subject: RE: Origins: Why Paddy isn't at work today
I'm not sure if it is the right tune, I use the same tune as for the song which begins

'It's of a gentleman soldier as a sentry he did stand.
He kindly saluted a fair maid by a waving of his hand
So boldly then he kissed her but passed it off as a joke
He drilled her into the sentry box wrapped up in a soldier's coat'

With no need for the chorus.

With the capo on the third fret the chords I use are

C G7 C/F C G7/F C G7/C G7 C

with the general policy of starting with the first one at the beginning of a line and continuing until it is necessary to change it. My being of the female persuasion and an approximate alto, other singers will need to adjust capo and/or transpose to suit.   

I remember one of my uncles has a record of Hoffnung reading this tale and I ached with laughter on hearing it.