The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #44753   Message #3790652
Posted By: Lighter
16-May-16 - 03:58 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Kerry Recruit (nonsense chorus)
Subject: RE: Origin: Kerry Recruit (nonsense chorus)
Steve, all I did was Google for "gave me it was a long gun."

This Mudcat thread includes some relevant material, including an 1802 version in which the recruit is a marine:

http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=86890

ECCO dates the "marine" piece to "ca1795." The broadsheet title is "The Irish Blunder; or, Paddy's Lamentation." That text is virtually word-for-word identical to the one given on the thread mentioned.