“Where the Grass Grows Green”


"I'm Denny Blake, from County Clare" to sing in praise of Erin. The Irishman is painted poor but "his heart and hospitality Has much to do with that." He's foolish but not vicious and has a weakness for drink. Wish for "better days to Erin"


Broadside Bodleian Harding B 11(4145) notes "written and sung by Harry Clifton, Words and Music published by Hopwood & Crew 42, New Broad Street, London"

For information about Harry Clifton, early music hall singer and song writer, see Mudcat Cafe and Frederick Denny's World of the Music Hall sites entries for Harry Clifton - BS


  • Bodleian, Harding B 11(4145), "Where the Grass Grows Green", Hopwood and Crew (London), 1840-1866; also Firth b.25(186), Harding B 26(674), "Where the Grass Grows Green"; 2806 c.8(246), 2806 c.8(308), "The Grass Grows Green"
  • LOCSinging, as105770, "I Can't Forget Old Erin Where the Grass Grows Green", unknown, 19C


  1. O'Conor, p. 144, "Where the Grass Grows Green" (1 text)
  2. Roud #8213
  3. BI, OCon144


Author: Harry Clifton (1824-1872)
Earliest date: before 1867 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(4145))