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Mrs. McGraw - origins

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KERRY RECRUIT
MRS. MCGRATH
MY SON JOHN


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GUEST,lguebert 22 Sep 13 - 01:34 PM
Dave Hanson 22 Sep 13 - 03:15 PM
GUEST,leeneia 23 Sep 13 - 08:47 PM
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Subject: Mrs. McGraw - origins
From: GUEST,lguebert
Date: 22 Sep 13 - 01:34 PM

Can anyone give me more information on the origins/background of the song "Mrs. McGraw" other than this from Wikipedia?

"Although the song probably dates from the time of the Peninsular Wars between 1807 and 1814, the earliest account of it in Ireland was in 1876."

Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Mrs. McGraw - origins
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 22 Sep 13 - 03:15 PM

Did you mean ' Mrs McGrath ' ?

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Mrs. McGraw - origins
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 23 Sep 13 - 08:47 PM

Hello, Iguebert.

There's a song called 'Mrs. McGrath,' and that's probably the same song you mean. It's about an Irishman who loses his legs on board a warship. Mrs. McGrath is his mother.

In Ireland the name McGrath is pronounced 'McGrah.' (no th sound at the end.) It's easy to see how people could think that 'McGrah' is McGraw.

I have a songbook called 'Rise Up Singing,' and the song 'Mrs. McGrath' is in it. All it says about this origin is this:

trad. (Irish)

That may be all anybody really knows, because the editors of that book seem to be quite careful about copyrights, etc.


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