Paddy Works On The Railway jig

Also known as Paddy On The Railway, Paddy Works On The Eire.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Paddy Works On The Railway has been added to 39 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Paddy Works On The Railway
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
D| A2 A AAG| A2 B c2 A| G2 G GGF| E2 F G2 G|
A2 A AAG| A2 B c2 A| c2 c d2 B| A3 A3|
AAA A2 G| A2 B c3| GGG G2 F| E2 F G3|
AAA A2 G| A2 B c2 A| c2 c d2 B| A3 A2|
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2
X: 2
T: Paddy Works On The Railway
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:A2B A2G | A2B c2A |G2A G2F | E2F G2B |
A2B A2G | A2B c2B | cBA BAG |1 A3 A3:|2 A3 Acd||
|:eAA Acd| eAA Adc | BGG GBc |dGG Gcd |
eAA Agf | eAA Acd | edc BAG | A3 A3:|

Four comments

I know this as a Sea Shantey. Windlass or pumps, the usual heaving work. Lots of variants available. Check Mudcat or the aother usual suspects if you’re really curious. Now I gotta try this as a Jig!

When I first learned this tune it was reel. It is very interesting to see it as a jig, but I tend to like the reel version more.

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High part

Somewhere about 20 years ago, I heard this jig with a high part…I submiited this as a new tune but it got deleted as duplicate , so Ill post it here in the notes…. I play it on the git-fiddle. (mountain speak for guitar)

X:1
T:Paddy Works on the Railroad
M:6/8
R:jig
K:Aminor

|:A2B A2G | A2B c2A |G2A G2F | E2F G2B |A2B A2G | A2B c2B | cBA BAG |1 A3 A3:|2 A3 Acd|

|:eAA Acd| eAA Adc | BGG GBc |dGG Gcd |eAA Agf | eAA Acd | edc BAG | A3 A3:|

Pete Seeger’s version

I remember hearing a Pete Seeger recording of this tune performed as a song. The title must have been "Working on the Railway" or "Fillime-or-re-or-re-ay" since both were in the chorus. It was a favorite of my youngest sister who loved to hear me sing it. (Having someone who loved to hear me sing has not happened again.)

The song began:

In eighteen hundred and forty one,
I put my corduroy breeches on,
I put my corduroy breeches on,
to work upon the railway

chorus:

Fillime-or-re-or-re-ay
Fillime-or-re-or-re-ay
Fillime-or-re-or-re-ay
to work upon the railway

(more upon request).

—rogmc

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