“The Irish Refugee (Poor Pat Must Emigrate)”


Leaving Ireland. "We have fought for England's queen ... why should we be so oppressed?" I'm going to America "for there is bread." "If ever again I see this land I hope it will be with a Fenian band, So God be with old Ireland, poor Pat must emigrate!"


The famine year of 1848 is sometimes stated as 1854.

As for the tune it may be that there are a number of songs on "the latest travels of the raking Paudheen Rhu." - BS

Same tune

  • Podgee and Rhu [i.e. Paudeen Rhu] (per broadside Bodleian Harding B 18(297))
  • Apple Potatoes (per broadside Bodleian Harding B 19(78))
  • Apple Praties (per broadside Bodleian Harding B 26(515))


  • Bodleian, Harding B 11(3100), "Poor Pat Must Emigrate", H. Disley (London), 1860-1883; also Harding B 11(3101), Harding B 11(3102), "Pat Must Emigrate"; 2806 b.10(79), Harding B 26(515), "Poor Pat Must Emigrate"; Harding B 18(297), "The Irish Refugee" or "Poor Pat Must Emigrate"; Harding B 19(78), "Irish Patt Must Emigrate "


  1. O'Conor, p. 53, "The Irish Refugee" (1 text); pp. 106-107, "Poor Pat Must Emigrate" (1 text)
  2. Roud #2558
  3. BI, OCon053


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1884 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3100))