“The Rattling Railway Boy”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1986 (McBride)
Keywords: marriage rambling abandonment railroading baby rake wife
Found in: Ireland


The singer left home at twenty two. He went from town to town working on the railroad with his "whole estate" in his handkercheif. His money went for drink. He met and married a girl but left her in May. She tells her baby "Your daddy's a Railway Boy"


  1. McBride 59, "The Rattling Railway Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, McB1059