Oh the night that Paddy Murphy died, is a night I'll never forget
Some of the boys got loaded drunk, and they ain't got sober yet;
As long as a bottle was passed around every man was feelin' gay
O'Leary came with the bagpipes, some music for to play

That's how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy
That's how they showed their honour and their pride;
They said it was a sin and shame and they winked at one another
And every drink in the place was full the night Pat Murphy died

As Mrs. Murphy sat in the corner pouring out her grief
Kelly and his gang came tearing down the street
They went into an empty room and a bottle of whiskey stole
They put the bottle with the corpse to keep that whiskey cold


About two o'clock in the morning after empty'ing the jug
Doyle rolls up the ice box lid to see poor Paddy's mug
We stopped the clock so Mrs. Murphy couldn't tell the time
And at a quarter after two we argued it was nine


They stopped the hearse on George Street outside Sundance Saloon
They all went in at half past eight and staggered out at noon
They went up to the graveyard, so holy and sublime
Found out when they got there, they'd left the corpse behind!


Oh the night that Paddy Murphy died, is a night I'll never forget
Some of the boys got loaded drunk and they ain't been sober yet;
As long as a bottle was passed around every man was feelin' gay
O'Leary came with the bagpipes, some music for to play


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"The Night Pat Murphy Died" as written by Bob Hallett Alan Doyle

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    General CommentThis song is in my will, if I don't have a funeral similar to this, no one gets anything cept the kinds in those christian commercials, mwahahaha
    TragedyPreachedon March 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song brings back some great childhood memories. :')
    brandnewninjaon March 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesommmmmmmmmmmeeeeeeee
    Lukewbaon July 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commentabout sending off a good friend in the best way possible, by celebrating them, not mourning them. comical overtone of course but it's an awsome song because of it.
    gwerithon April 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIsn't it "their HONOUR and their pride"?
    spiralledon August 13, 2006   Link
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    General Comment^^^ I think so, yeah..
    Great song.
    Douggon November 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWow, you guys are so off... the song is a newfoundland folk song written in the late 1800's. Its about a bunch of wild kids starting a riot that ends up getting Pat Murphy killed. BUT... they are not mourning, they all hated him. Thats why "they said it was a silly shame, and they WINKED at one another" and "EVERY DRINK IN THE PLACE WAS FULL." Hell, they stopped the funeral procession at a bar to get hammered and left the corpse. The last verse from the original goes as such:

    It was twenty years ago me boys that old Pat was put underground
    And every year to celebrate they all push the jug around
    They gather at the graveyard and pour vinegar in his ditch
    Cuz everybody hated that lousy son-of-a-bitch

    ...still want this to be your funeral?

    Wyontton April 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commentsorry b'ys.
    but it's about celebrating a good friend.
    sure kindof using it as an excuse to party,
    but still, there is no riot.
    BAMsayson September 13, 2009   Link
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    General Commentyeah Wyontt... boy, are you off the mark. Try singing that verse with the music, it doesn't fit.

    Comedy value aside, it describes with fair accuracy an Irish wake. There would be drinking, games and the body laid out in the middle of it all. People would play cards with the dead, actually dealing him into the card game because that's what friends are for. The body is not left alone but has someone there around the clock. The wake was the final party for the dead. And before you think that I've been snookered by the song, guess again. My information comes from the Dublin Irish Festival Wake Tent. dublinirishfestival.org/cultural/reenactors/…
    OrionHRon March 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI was never quite sure how much they were celebrating Patty's life and how much they were celebrating his death. In the end, I think they really were friends with the guy, and while it is indeed a sinnin' shame he died, it's also a wonderful excuse for a party.
    rampagingpoeton April 09, 2011   Link

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