The Night Paddy Murphy Died

„The Night Paddy Murphy Died“ ist ein bekannter neufundländischer Folksong von Johnny Burke (1851-1930).

Der Song bereits von vielen Musikern aufgenommen, darunter

  • Ryan’s Fancy 1973
  • Darby O’Gill 2002
  • Great Big Sea 1997, 1998 und 2000 albums
  • und von Fiddler’s Green 2007 (Album: Drive Me Mad!).

Das Lied handelt von den Freunden Paddy-Murphy, die sich um sein Begräbnis sorgen. Obwohl der Text ein wenig respektlos klingt, deutet die Ironie des Liedes die Trauer der Hinterbliebenen an, beispielsweise indem sie sich den A* zu laufen lassen. Wenn ich es richtig verstehe, kühlen Sie den Whisky nahe der Leiche? Wer hilft bei der weiteren Interpretation? Bin auf Eure Kommentare gespannt!?

Liedtext von Great Big Sea bei music-lyrics-chord:

Oh the night that Paddy Murphy died, is a night I’ll never forget
Some of the boys got loaded drunk, and they ain’t got sober yet;
As long as a bottle was passed around every man was feelin‘ gay
O’Leary came with the bagpipes, some music for to play

CHORUS:
That’s how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy
That’s how they showed their honour and their pride;
They said it was a sin and shame and they winked at one another
And every drink in the place was full the night Pat Murphy died

As Mrs. Murphy sat in the corner pouring out her grief
Kelly and his gang came tearing down the street
They went into an empty room and a bottle of whiskey stole
They put the bottle with the corpse to keep that whiskey cold

CHORUS

About two o’clock in the morning after empty’ing the jug
Doyle rolls up the ice box lid to see poor Paddy’s mug
We stopped the clock so Mrs. Murphy couldn’t tell the time
And at a quarter after two we argued it was nine

CHORUS

They stopped the hearse on George Street outside Sundance Saloon
They all went in at half past eight and staggered out at noon
They went up to the graveyard, so holy and sublime
Found out when they got there, they’d left the corpse behind!

CHORUS

Oh the night that Paddy Murphy died, is a night I’ll never forget
Some of the boys got loaded drunk and they ain’t been sober yet;
As long as a bottle was passed around every man was feelin‘ gay
O’Leary came with the bagpipes, some music for to play

CHORUS

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1 Gedanke zu “The Night Paddy Murphy Died

  1. Hm ob der Text Trauer zum Ausdruck bringt ist so eine Sache… die Versionen von Fiddlers Green, Great Big Sea etc. sind alle etwas gekürzt…

    Im Orginal beginnt das ganze harmlos mit einer Trauerfeier ähnlich in Finnigans Wake…

    Später wird die Frau von Paddy Murphy an der Nase herumgeführt, dass die anderen weiter trinken können.

    Noch später treiben die Gäste Späße mit der Leiche, stellen sie auf den Kopf, nehmen das Eis, welches die Leiche kühlt um das Bier zu kühlen und boxen mit der Leiche…

    In der letzten Strophe vergessen Sie den Leichnahm als sie zum Friedhof ziehen und einige sind sich nichtmal sicher ob wer gestorben ist…

    Am Aussagekräftigsten wäre da aber die „zusätzliche“ letzte Strophe, die meines Wissens nicht zum ursprünglichen Text gehört:
    It was twenty years ago me boys that old Pat was put underground
    And every year to celebrate they all push the jug around
    They gather at the graveyard and pour vinegar in his ditch
    Cuz everybody hated that lousy son-of-a-bitch

    Falls es wen interessiert der komplette, traditionelle Text:

    Oh the night that Paddy Murphy died, is a night I’ll never forget
    Some of the boys got loaded drunk, and they ain’t got sober yet;
    As long as a bottle was passed around every man was feelin‘ gay
    O’Leary came with the bagpipes, some music for to play
    (Chorus)

    And that’s how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy
    That’s how they showed their honour and their pride
    They said it was a sin and a shame and they winked at one another
    And every drink in the place was full the night Pat Murphy died
    As Mrs. Murphy sat in the corner, pourin‘ out her grief
    Kelly and his friends came tearing down the street
    They crept into an empty room and a bottle of whiskey stole
    They placed the bottle on the corpse to keep that whiskey cold
    (Chorus)

    ‚Bout three o’clock in the morning, after emptying the jug
    Doyle rose up the icebox lid to see poor Paddy’s mug
    He stopped the clock so Mrs. Murphy couldn’t tell the time
    And at a quarter after three, they argued it was nine.
    (Chorus)

    And everyone got merry, they didn’t care for prayer
    Mrs. Murphy said she’d wait ‚til all the gang were there
    Of all the sights I’ve ever seen that made me shiver with fear
    They took the ice right off the corpse, and placed it on the beer
    (Chorus)

    Now everything was doin‘ fine, there was no ill at all
    ‚Til Finnegan told Callaghan, „You’ve got an awful gall.“
    I thought that that might start a row, And sure enough it did
    For Callaghan had carved his name upon the coffin lid
    (Chorus)

    Then the fight got fierce & strong, everyone was in
    Someone knocked the whiskers off poor old Darby Flynn
    And Dirty Andy Burke was there, now whadda ya think he done?
    He placed the corpse right on its head, in the corner just for fun
    (Chorus)

    Someone hollered for the cops; they busted down the door
    They jumped upon ol‘ Paddy’s back and they laid him on the floor
    They knocked him twice behind the ears and they knocked him on the head
    When they jumped up from his back, sure they found out he was dead
    (Chorus)

    Mrs. Murphy started in, battled with them cops
    She chased ‚em, every one of them; she chased ‚em several blocks
    A lovely time was had by all, eighteen in court were tried
    For having caused a riot on the night Pat Murphy died
    (Chorus)

    At eight o’clock in the morning, the procession left the house
    And everyone but poor ol‘ Mrs. Murphy was out soused
    They stopped on the way to the churchyard at the old Red Door Saloon
    They staggered in at nine o’clock and didn’t come out ‚til noon
    (Chorus)

    Someone asked ol‘ Finnegan if anyone had died
    „Lou,“ says he, „I’m not quite sure, I just came for the ride.“
    They started out for the graveyard, all holy and sublime,
    But found out when they got there, they’d left the corpse behind
    (Chorus)

    Some versions of the song add an additional verse:

    It was twenty years ago me boys that old Pat was put underground
    And every year to celebrate they all push the jug around
    They gather at the graveyard and pour vinegar in his ditch
    Cuz everybody hated that lousy son-of-a-bitch

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