Henrik Norbeck's Song Lyrics

Paddy Works on the Railway

Sheet Music (and more information about this song)

In eighteen hundred and forty-one
I put me corduroy breeches on
I put me corduroy breeches on
To work upon the railway.

Chorus:
Filly me oo-ree aye-ree ay, filly me oo-ree aye-ree ay,
Filly me oo-ree aye-ree ay, to work upon the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-two,
I left the Old World for the new,
Bad cess to the luck that brought me through,
To work upon the railway.

Chorus

In eighteen hundred and forty-three,
'Twas then I met sweet Biddy MacGhee,
An elegant wife she's been to me,
While workin' on the railway.

Chorus

In eighteen hundred and forty-four,
I landed on Columbia's shore,
I landed on Columbia's shore,
To work upon the railway.

Chorus

In eighteen hundred and forty-five,
I thought myself more dead than alive,
I thought myself more dead than alive,
From working on the railway.

Chorus

In eighteen hundred and forty-six,
I changed my trade to carrying bricks,
I changed my trade to carrying bricks,
From working on the railway.

Chorus

In eighteen hundred and forty-seven
Sweet Biddy MacGhee, she went to heaven,
She left one child, she left eleven,
To work upon the railway.

Chorus

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