“The Shamrock Shore (I)”


Hard times and high taxes force the singer to leave Ireland for America. He and his friends spend six weeks in the woods, and the other three all die. He warns against coming to America. He hopes to return to Ireland


This is truly a curious song; how did the singer and friends get in trouble so quickly? Unless something has been lost, I have to suspect this was composed by someone who had never been to America, and thought it all a vast wilderness. - RBW


  1. SHenry H69, p. 201, "The Happy Shamrock Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, HHH069


Alternate titles: “The Irishman's Farewell to His Country”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (Sam Henry collection)
Found in: Ireland