“Duffy's Hotel”


The singer advises those who want enjoyment to visit the hotel in Boiestown. He describes the wild parties, the fights, the mad rush to collar a diseased chicken, and the peculiar visitors. He concludes by setting out for home

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Duffy's Hotel
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From Louise Manny and James Reginald Wilson, Songs of Miramichi,
#12, pp. 76-77. From the singing of Crystal Young, Boiestown, 1960.

If you're longing for fun and enjorment
  Or inclined to go out on a spree,
Come along with me over to Boiestown
  On the banks of the Miramichi.
You'll meet with a royal reception;
  My 'ventures to you I'll relate
On the eighteenth of May I arrived here,
  From Fred'ricton -- came on the freight.

I'm employed with a man, Edmund Kenney,
  A gentleman who you know well;
J. P. for the parish of Stanley,
  And he put up at Duffy's Hotel.

(Stanzas 1, 2 of 6; all stanzas except #2 are 8 lines)


  1. Doerflinger, pp. 268-269, "Duffy's Hotel" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fowke/MacMillan 38, "Duffy's Hotel" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Ives-NewBrunswick, pp. 144-148, "Duffy's Hotel" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Manny/Wilson 12, "Duffy's Hotel" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. ST Doe268 (Partial)
  6. Roud #1961
  7. BI, Doe268


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1951 (Doerflinger)
Keywords: party fight
Found in: Canada(Mar)