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Paddy's Lament

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lyrics

Well it's by the hush, me boys, be sure to hold your noise 
And listen to poor Paddy's sad narration 
I was by hunger pressed, and in poverty distressed 
So I took a thought I'd leave the Irish nation 

Here's to you boys, take my advice 
To America I suggest you don't go 
They do nothing but make war, where the murderin' cannons roar 
And I wish I was back home in dear old Dublin 

Well I sold my horse and plow, my little pigs and sow 
My little plot of land I did part with 
And my sweetheart Bid McGee, I'm afraid I'll never see 
For I left her there that morning broken-hearted 

Well myself and a hundred more, to America sailed o'er 
Our fortunes to be made we were thinkin' 
When we got to Yankee land, they put a gun into our hands 
Saying "Paddy, you must go and fight for Lincoln" 

Here's to you boys, take my advice 
To America I suggest you don't go 
They do nothing but make war, where the murderin' cannons roar 
And I wish I was back home in dear old Dublin 

General Meagher he said, if you get shot or lose your head 
Every one of you will get a pension 
Well myself I lost a leg, they gave me a wooden peg, 
And by God this is the truth to you I mention 

Well I consider myself in luck, if I get paid a sinlge buck 
While Ireland is the country I delight in 
To the devil, I do say, it's curse Americay 
For I'm sick to death of all of your hard fighting'

Here's to you boys, take my advice 
To America I suggest you don't go 
They do nothing but make war, where the murderin' cannons roar 
And I wish I was back home in dear old Dublin 

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from Three Sails, released December 13, 2014
Traditional arr. The Kissers

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The Kissers Madison, Wisconsin

The Kissers bring a fresh, original kick to Celtic music. Forged during legendary Monday nights at Madison's O’Cayz Corral, and honed through 1000 nights on the road, their sound blends sharp musicianship, black humor and the lilt and lyricism of the ancient melodies. Rock musicians who learned Irish music, The Kissers explore the roots of that tradition while retaining their own unique essence. ... more

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