American Old Time Song Lyrics: 40 Poor Pat Must Emigrate
Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 40
POOR PAT MUST EMIGRATE.
Fare you well, poor Erin's Islet I now must leave you for a while;
The rents and taxes are so high, I can no longer stay.
From Dublin's quay I sailed away and landed here but yesterday;
Me shoes and breeches and shirts now are all that's in my kit.
I have dropped in to tell you now the sights I have seen before I go,
Of the ups and downs in Ireland, since the year of Ninety-Eight.
But if that nation had its own her noble sons might stay at home;
But since fortune has it otherwise poor Put must emigrate.
The devil a word I would say at all, although our wages are but small,
If they left as in our cabins, where our fathers drew their breath;
When they call upon rent-day, and the devil a cent you have to pay,
They will drive you from your house and home, to beg and starve to death.
What kind of treatment, boys, Is that to give an honest Irish Pat?
To drive his family to the road, to beg And starve for meat?
But I stood up with heart and hand, and sold my little spot of land;
That is the reason why I left and had to emigrate.
Such sights as that I've often seen, but I saw worse in Skibbareen.
In Forty-Eight (that time is no more) when famine It was great,
I saw fathers, boys, and girls with rosy cheeks and silken curls,
All a-missing and starving for a mouthful of food to eat.
When they died In Skibbareen no shrouds or coffins were to be seen,
But patiently reconciling themselves to their desperate, horrid fate-
They were thrown In graves by wholesale which caused many an Irish heart to wail.
And caused many a boy And girl to be most glad to emigrate.
Where la the nation or the land that reared such men as Paddy's land?
Where is the man more noble than he they call poor Irish Pat?
We have fought for England's queen, and beat her foes wherever seen;
We have taken the town of Delhi-if you please, come tell me that:
We have pursued the Indian chief, and Nenu Sahib, that cursed thief.
Who skivered babes and mothers and left them In their gore.
But why should we be so oppressed In the land St. Patrick blessed?
The land from which we have the best-poor Paddy must emigrate.
There Is not a son from Paddy's land but respects the memory of Dan,
Who fought and struggled hard to part that poor and plundered country;
He advocated Ireland's rights with all his strength and might,
And he was but poorly recompensed for all his toil and pains.
He told us for to be in no haste, and In him for to place our trust,
And he would not desert us or leave us to our fate;
But death to him no favor showed, from the beggar to the throne-
Since they took our liberator poor Pal must emigrate.
With spirits bright and purses light, my boys, we can no longer stay,
For the shamrock Is immediately bound for America,
For there la bread and work which I cannot get In Donegal.
I told the truth, by great Saint Ruth, believe me what I say.
Good night, my boys! with hand and heart, all you who take Ireland's part;
I can no longer stay at home for fear of being too late.
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.