MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Paddy Backwards
Alexander March NFLD 1 Tape 15A Track 4
Port au Port Audio:
Comic song

As I was a-driving down Market town fair
A-riding on horseback a bonny grey mare
Short tail and a white mane and a hump on her back
And not a hair on her but that wasn't jet black

My horse standing still threw me off in the dirt
He dirtied my body and bruised all my shirt
And into my saddle my stirrups so gay
And on my ten toes I went jogging away

It rained and it blowed and I stood in the storm
My hat in my hand to keep my head warm
I took a glass of strong grape juice to drive gladness away
To stiffen the dirt for it rained the whole day

As I was a-driving up fair James's park
In the middle of noon one night it was dark
I met a man he was all dressed in green
Black pants and white waistcoat twas plain to be seen

Oh it's home to old England I'll carry my bride
With a ship on dry land and a fair wind and a tide
And when I gets back in the place I was born
I'll buy a new silver cup made of cow-horn

As I was a driving down. up market one day
I saw three pretty fair maids a-making of hay
I saw three pretty fair maids a-making of hay
In the middle of winter one fine summer's day

Oh it's home to old England I'll carry my.

(speaks) I sang that earlier

A one-legged drummer was beating his drum
With his heels in his pockets up to me he did run
He turned his back to me stared me in the face
And asked me the way as if I did know the place



Sources: Mercer 166, Leach 274, Greenleaf ("Paddy's Ramble to London," "The Lying Song"); Creighton/Senior 140; Roud 1687. See notes for "City of Boston" for the attribution of this song to Mr. March.

History: Probably a stage or music hall song.

Text notes: Comic song with nonsensical images. Paddy rides to market on a cow and sees potatoes on a pear tree.

Tune notes: A major key   tune in 6/8 metre with the form abbc.

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