“A Little Bit of Heaven”


"Did you ever hear the story of how Ireland got its name?" A small piece of Heaven broke off and fell to earth; when an angel finds it, he proposes to leave it there because it fits so well. They proceed to make improvements such as adding shamrocks


Ironically, although this song supplies an (obviously humorous) explanation of how Ireland came to be, it does not explain how it came to be called Ireland.

Dean does not seem to have known the first verse of the song, which is about leprechauns and their antics. It's no loss; other sources omit it as well. - RBW


  1. Dean, pp. 6-7, "And They Called It Ireland" (1 text)
  2. Roud #5495
  3. BI, Dean006


Author: Words: J. Keirn Brennan / Music: Ernest R. Ball
Earliest date: 1922 (Dean)
Keywords: Ireland talltale
Found in: US(MW)