The singer is hired by Darby O'Leary to work at his Galbally mountains farm. The supper is sour milk, the barn "covered with rats," terrible sleeping conditions: "such woeful starvation I never yet seen ... May he or his offspring never live long"
Darby O'Leary Partial text(s) *** A *** As recorded by Kendall Morse on "Lights Along the Shore," Folk-Legacy FSI-57, copyright 1976. A revival version, but it's one of the rare full texts. One evening of late as I happened to stray, To the County Tipperary I straight took me way To pick the potatoes and work by the day For a farmer called Darby O'Leary. I asked him how far we were bound for to go, The night being dark and a cold wind did blow. I was hungry and tired and me spirits were low, For I got me no whiskey nor water. (4 additional stanzas)
Creighton-SNewBrunswick is a fragment; broadside Bodleian Harding B 26(619) is the basis for the description. - BS