MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
The Hat My Father Wore
Angus "The Ridge" MacDonald NFLD 1 Tape 18A Track 2
The Ridge Audio:
Newfoundland comic song

I'm Paddy Mills the Irish Chap I'm just across the sea
For singing or for dancing boys I think I can please ye
I can sing or dance with any man as I did in days of yore
But on St. Patrick's Day I love to wear the hat my father wore

Oh it's old but it's beautiful the best you've ever seen
It has been worn for more than ninety years in that little isle serene
From my father's great ancestors it descended with. …
It's the relic of old decency it's the hat my father wore

I bid you all good evening good luck to you I say
And when I cross the ocean I hope for me you'll pray
For I'm going to my happy home in a place called Ballamoor
To be welcomed back to Paddy's land with the hat my father wore

And when I … I do return again the boys and girls to see
I hopes with dear old Erin style you'll kindly welcome me
The sweet old songs of Paddy's land will cheer me more and more
And make my Irish heart feel glad with the hat my father wore


Sources: Mercer 130;    

History: Newfoundland song by Johnny Burke.

Text notes: An Irishman is about to go home.

Tune notes: Sung with rhythmic freedom, in abba form, this melody is pentatonic.

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