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The Night Paddy Murphy Died

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„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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