An Englishman, Scotchman, and Irishman meet and pool their resources to buy a loaf. The loaf will go to the one who has the grandest dream. The Englishman and Scotchman have grand dreams but the Irishman dreamt he was hungry, woke and ate the loaf.
Paddy Magee's Dream Partial text(s) *** A *** Johnny Bull, Irishman, and Scotchman From Helen Creighton, Folksongs from Southern New Brunswick, #72, pp. 156-157. Collected from Angelo Dornan, Elgin, N. B. Johnny Bull he was an Englishman and went to tramp one day With threepence in his pocket for to take him a long way. He travelled on for many a mile yet no one did he see, Till he fell in with an Irishman whose name was Paddy McGee. Said the Irishman, "I've been dreaming an awful big great dream, I dreamt I was in a haystack by the side of a purling stream, I dreamt that you and Scotty were there, as true as I'm am oaf, By the powers I dreamt I was hungry so I got up and ate the loaf. (Stanzas 1, 8 of 8)