“Paddy Darry”


"Paddy Darry lived in Clary, Had a girl in Biddy Town, Her tongue was slit with the sierel larry, But she sang to Paddy a golden rune. Hey eye for the sierel-larry... Oh what's the use of going fast? He's sure to meet me on the way."


This is perhaps the least-documented piece in all of Belden. He didn't take down the date or the tune, it's only a fragment, and neither he nor I knows another version of it. - RBW


  1. Belden, p. 293, "Paddy Darry" (1 text)
  2. Roud #7952
  3. BI, Beld293


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1940 (Belden)
Keywords: courting
Found in: US(So)