“Paddy Doyle (I)”


Shanty. Characteristic line: "We'll pay Paddy Doyle for his boots." The boots may be referred to as stolen, or Paddy's boarding house may be described


According to Doerflinger, Doyle was a boarding master. (A boarding master took in sailors and found them jobs at sea in return for a cut of their pay. In return, he was to provide them with necessary equipment such as boots; for background on the, see the notes to "Dixie Brown" [Laws D7].) Boarding masters expected to take a large profit, but apparently Doyle was more rapacious than most. - RBW


  • The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, "Paddy Doyle's Boots" (on IRClancyMakem02)
  • Richard Maitland, "Paddy Doyle" (AFS, 1939; on LC26)


  1. Doerflinger, p. 10, "Paddy Doyle" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Colcord, p. 43, "Paddy Doyle" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Harlow, p. 32, "Paddy Doyle and His Boots" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Hugill, pp. 330-334, "Paddy Doyle's Boots" (3 texts, 3 tunes) [AbEd, pp. 247-249]
  5. Sharp-EFC, XXXVIII, p. 43, "Paddy Doyle" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. SHenry H53c, p. 96, "Paddy Doyle' (1 text, 1 tune, a tiny fragment)
  7. Smith/Hatt, p. 28, "We'll Pay Paddy Doyle For His Boots" (1 fragment)
  8. Bone, p. 47, "Paddy Doyle" (1 short text, 1 tune)
  9. Shay-SeaSongs, p. 31, "Paddy Doyle" (1 text, 1 tune)
  11. ADDITIONAL: Captain John Robinson, "Songs of the Chantey Man," a series published July-August 1917 in the periodical _The Bellman_ (Minneapolis, MN, 1906-1919). A fragment of "Paddy Doyle" is in Part 4, 8/4/1917.
  12. Roud #4695
  13. BI, Doe010


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1909
Keywords: shanty clothes poverty
Found in: US(MA) Ireland Canada(Mar)