“Irishman's Shanty”


"Did you ever hear of an Irishman's shanty Where water was scarce and whiskey was plenty? A two-legged stool and a table to match A stick in the door instead of a latch?"


Broadsides LOCSinging sb20211b and Bodleian Harding B 18(295): H. De Marsan dating per _Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song_ by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS

Cross references


  • Bodleian, Harding B 18(295), "The Irishman's Shanty," H. De Marsan (New York), 1864-1878 [same as LOCSinging sb20211b]; also Harding B 18(296), "The Irishman's Shanty"
  • LOCSinging, sb20211b, "The Irishman's shanty," H. De Marsan (New York), 1864-1878 [same as Bodleian Harding B 18(295)]; also as106270, as106280, as201680, "The Irishman's shanty"


  1. Greenleaf/Mansfield 109, "Irishman's Shanty" (1 fragment)
  2. O'Conor, pp. 118-119, "The Irishman's Shanty" (1 text)
  3. Roud #4838
  4. BI, GrMa109


Author: George W. Osborn
Earliest date: before 1879 (broadside, LOCSinging sb20211b)
Found in: Canada(Newf) Ireland