Lyrics

In 1841 me corduroy britches I put on
Me corduroy britches I put on
To work upon the railway

Tira me ori ori ay, tira me ori ori ay
Tira me ori ori ay, to work upon the railway

In 1842 I left the old land for the new
Bad cess to the luck that brought me through
To work upon the railway

Tira me ori ori ay, tira me ori ori ay
Tira me ori ori ay, to work upon the railway

In 1843 we hit Chicago on a spree
The devil got a hold of me
While working on the railway

Tira me ori ori ay, tira me ori ori ay
Tira me ori ori ay, while working on the railway

In 1844 while standing on the great lake shore
We laid the track then saw no more
While working on the railway

Tira me ori ori ay, tira me ori ori ay
Tira me ori ori ay, while working on the railway

In 1845 when Daniel O'Connell was alive
In Kansas City we did arrive
To work upon the railway

Tira me ori ori ay, tira me ori ori ay
Tira me ori ori ay, to work upon the railway

In 1846 had a pain in me ass from carrying bricks
With hammers and nails and shovels and picks
A working upon the railway

Tira me ori ori ay, tira me ori ori ay
Tira me ori ori ay, a working upon the railway

It's Paddy do this and Paddy do that
Without a stocking or cravat
And nothing but an old straw hat
While working on the railway

Tira me ori ori ay, tira me ori ori ay
Tira me ori ori ay, while working on the railway

In 1848 me hands did blister and me belly did ache
We heard of gold and made a stake
While working on the railway

Tira me ori ori ay, tira me ori ori ay
Tira me ori ori ay, while working on the railway

In 1849 the California hills looked fine
We found some gold and left behind
The workings of the railway

Tira me ori ori ay, tira me ori ori ay
Tira me ori ori ay, the workings of the railway

See also Poor Paddy On The Railway.

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