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Lyr/Tune Req: Paddy Works on the Railroad /Railway

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PADDY ON THE RAILWAY
PADDY WORKS ON THE RAILWAY (1)
PADDY WORKS ON THE RAILWAY (4)
PATSY OREE AY


Related threads:
(origins) Origins: Paddy on the Railway (42)
Need Tune Help: Paddy on the Railway (14)
Lyr Req: Pat do this Pat do that (5) (closed)
(origins) Origins: Working on the Railway (7)


Faireman 22 Jan 99 - 08:16 AM
Big Mick 22 Jan 99 - 08:52 AM
Wolfgang 22 Jan 99 - 09:25 AM
Liam's Brother 22 Jan 99 - 10:40 AM
Susan of DT 24 Jan 99 - 09:49 PM
Steve Parkes 25 Jan 99 - 07:51 AM
HuwG 03 Jul 04 - 10:11 AM
Amos 03 Jul 04 - 10:28 AM
HuwG 03 Jul 04 - 02:15 PM
Tattie Bogle 03 Jul 04 - 06:31 PM
Desert Dancer 04 Jul 04 - 02:35 AM
Marc Bernier 04 Jul 04 - 07:57 AM
HuwG 04 Jul 04 - 03:25 PM
Desert Dancer 15 Nov 07 - 11:21 AM
oombanjo 15 Nov 07 - 12:15 PM
ossonflags 09 Mar 11 - 06:40 AM
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Subject: Paddy works on the Railroad
From: Faireman
Date: 22 Jan 99 - 08:16 AM

I am looking for the words and music to the song, "Paddy works on the Railroad", and its hard to find. If you have them or you know where I can find them online E-mail me at bill.hoffer@gte.net. Thanks allot.


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Subject: RE: Paddy works on the Railroad
From: Big Mick
Date: 22 Jan 99 - 08:52 AM

Faireman,

Welcome to the Mudcat. If you scroll to the top of the page, you will notice a search engine in the upper right corner. This will search the Digitrad database of lyrics. It searches by title as well as keyword or phrase. If you want to look for an exact phrase, you should use brackets. I typed in [Paddy works] and the lyrics you are looking for popped right up. Always look there first, and if you don't find what you are looking for, post a request and the remarkable people who frequent this place almost inevitably will find what you are looking for.

If you have any problems, just post a question.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Paddy works on the Railroad
From: Wolfgang
Date: 22 Jan 99 - 09:25 AM

Mick, you're right to remind faireman of the search window, but it's not always easy. I was sure that song should be in the database and entered Paddy railroad confident to find the song. It didn't turn up (I know now, why, thanks to you). However, this way I found another song from Art Thieme's great new CD that even Joe Offer hadn't found. The database is amazing and, at times, surprising.

Wolfgang


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Subject: Lyr Add: PAT WORKS ON THE RAILWAY
From: Liam's Brother
Date: 22 Jan 99 - 10:40 AM

Hi Faireman!

This is a pretty good version...

PAT WORKS ON THE RAILWAY

When first from Limerick I come here
My latter days to spend in cheer
Our bosses they did drink good beer
And Pat worked on the railway
Fille-me-or-ree-or-ree-ay, fille-me-or-ree-or-ree-ay,
Fille-me-or-ree-or-ree-ay, Poor Pat works on the railway.

Our contractor's name it was Tom King
He kept a store to rob the men
A Yankee clerk with ink and pen
To cheat Pat on the railway

Now Pat do this and Pat do that
Without a stocking or cravat
And nothing but an old straw hat
To work upon the railway

One Monday morn to our surprise
Just half an hour before sunrise
The dirty devil went to the skies
And Pat worked on the railway

They gave me a drill to drill the hole
And then, confound my Irish soul,
And blast the ship that brought me o'er
To work upon the railway

Our smith he is from Molehill town
He sharpens the picks that garbs the ground
But he'll take a jigger when it goes round
With the boys upon the railway

When I lay me down to sleep
The wiry bugs around me creep
And devil a bit can poor Pat sleep
While working on the railway

When I rises in the morn
I curse the sound of that damned old horn
I curse the hour that I was born
To work upon the railway

Adapted from a broadside published by De Marsan of New York City by Dan Milner. Posted DM 1/99

All the best,
Dan Milner


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Subject: RE: Paddy works on the Railroad
From: Susan of DT
Date: 24 Jan 99 - 09:49 PM

Another hint on searching for versions of songs: Once you have the one hit on [Paddy works], notice that the filename at the bottom of the song is PADRAIL1. The fact that there is a number in the filename implies that there are more of them. So I searched for PADRAIL* and found two more versions.


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Subject: RE: Paddy works on the Railroad
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 25 Jan 99 - 07:51 AM

Tom King was a famous highwayman, contemporary with Dick Turpin. He usded to live in a house at the other end of Stonnall in Staffordshire from where I live now. Wonder if "Tom King" was intended as a slur on the "good" name of the contractor?

Steve


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Subject: RE: Paddy works on the Railroad
From: HuwG
Date: 03 Jul 04 - 10:11 AM

Does anyone have the chords to the lyrics posted by Liam's Brother in this thread ?


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Subject: RE: Paddy works on the Railroad
From: Amos
Date: 03 Jul 04 - 10:28 AM

HuWg:

I suspect this is the same tune as the version that starts "In 18 hundred and forty-one, I put me corduroy britches on...." and has rhymes for half a dozen years of work in it.

If so, you could try Am....G.....Am.....G....E7 .


A


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Subject: RE: Paddy works on the Railroad
From: HuwG
Date: 03 Jul 04 - 02:15 PM

Perhaps. However, I have heard it performed recently by Dana Robinson, under the title "Pat do this", and with chords that don't seem to match the other version (which is in the DT as PADDY WORKS ON THE RAILROAD).


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Subject: RE: Paddy works on the Railroad
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 03 Jul 04 - 06:31 PM

In the UK it's the RailWAY! or as I remember it, that was how Ewan McColl sang it.


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Subject: Pat Do This
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 04 Jul 04 - 02:35 AM

HuwG, Dana Robinson says his "Pat Do This" comes via Jeff Davis.

"Pat Do This" is a greatly reduced and interesting fragment of the more well-known "Paddy Works" item. It was collected in Nelson County, Virginia from Florence Fitzgerald by Maud Karpeles in 1950. (See this thread about those recordings, currently available from FolkTrax.) It was recorded on Jeff Davis's and Jeff Warner's excellent album, Two Little Boys (reissued on cd on RainDog Records, RD-102, 1994). I have also heard a couple other recordings that don't acknowledge Jeff, but their versions come from Jeff Davis, one way or another, because they include the verse he wrote.

On the banjo it falls into a G-modal, "mountain minor" (gDGCD) tuning. (Sorry, from there I couldn't say precisely what the chords are!)

Here's the text for the Mudcat record:

Pat do this Pat do that
without our shoes, without our hat,
nothing in the world but an old straw hat
to work all on the railroad.

Chorus:
Ruga shugaroo, shugarugaroo,
Sugar in the cream jar, how do you do?
Just on the railroad, folla folla ray,
Johnny comes a-pickin' on the banjer.

In eighteen hundred and forty two,
I didn't know what I should do.
I sailed across the ocean blue
to work all on the railroad.

In eighteen hundred and forty three,
I sailed out across the sea.
I didn't expect to see poor me
a-workin' on the railroad.

In eighteen hundred and forty four,
I landed on this foreign shore
I didn't expect to see me more
a-workin' on the railroad.

additional verse by Jeff Davis:
Railroad Don/dawn (?), we'll take a ride.
Here we go side by side,
Here we go side by side,
Johnny comes a-pickin' on a banjer.

Sure wish I could pick it as well as Jeff D. does.

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Req: Paddy works on the Railroad
From: Marc Bernier
Date: 04 Jul 04 - 07:57 AM

There's a great version (if I may say so myself) on Songs of the Sailor, recorded by the Mystic Seaport Chanteymen about ten years ago. The cd was released with a companion book with all the songs on the recording transcribed in the book, which comes in handy for some folk.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Req: Paddy works on the Railroad
From: HuwG
Date: 04 Jul 04 - 03:25 PM

Brilliant !

Thanks, Desert Dancer and Marc Bernier.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Req: Paddy works on the Railroad
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 15 Nov 07 - 11:21 AM

A related song involving lumber, railroad or ship work using the siul a run (sorry about the spelling) related chorus: Lyr Req: The Old Moke Pluckin On The Banjo'.

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Req: Paddy works on the Railroad
From: oombanjo
Date: 15 Nov 07 - 12:15 PM

thats why I love mudcat,thanks from me.Oombanjo.still waiting for my Remero banjar


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Req: Paddy works on the Railroad
From: ossonflags
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 06:40 AM

I think the original request was for CHORDS.Does any one have them please?


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Req: Paddy works on the Railroad
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 01:05 PM

These are the guitar chords I use, with the lyrics from the DT:

PADDY WORKS ON THE RAILWAY

In [Em]eighteen hundred and forty-one,
I [D]put my corduroy breeches on,
I [Em]put my corduroy breeches on,
To [Am]work up-[D]on the [Em]railway.

[Em}Fil-a-mee-o-ry, ory, ay
[D]Fil-a-mee-o-ry, ory, ay
[Em]Fil-a-mee-o-ry, ory, ay
To [Am]work up-[D]on the [Em]railway.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Req: Paddy works on the Railroad
From: ossonflags
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 11:22 PM

Cheers BrooklynJay.That is a different version to the one I do, but will definatly have a go at that..

Very hard to find butI have just got this from a mate:

G………………….. (hold it)
In eighteen hundred and forty one....................

       G                                  D
Me corduoy britches i put on

      G……….
Me coorduroy britches i put on

    G          D          G    D
To work upon the railway

G    D
the railway

    G                   C    G
Im weary of the railway

         G                      D         G
Poor paddy worked on the railway


Chorus       G

G
I was wearing...............

G             D
corduroy britches

G            D
dogging ditches

G          D
pulling switches

G          D
making pitches

G       C          D          G
I was working on the railway



And that's all there is to it


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