Words by Dan McCarthy. Music by T. F. Kerrigan [sic]. Sung by Kerrigan & McCarthy, the Irish Pipers. Copyright 1880, by Mrs. Pauline Lieder. All rights reserved.
The Music of this Song is published at Mrs. Pauline Lieder's Music House, No. 60 Chatham St., N. Y. and will be sent by mail, post paid, to any address, on receipt of price, 40 cts., in postage stamps.
My name is McNamara, and I came from County Clare, In the darling little isle across the sea; Where the mountains and the hills, the lakes and rippling rills, And nature's sweetest music all the day. Our little farm was small, it would not support us all, So one of us was forced away from home; I bid them all good-bye, with a tear-drop in my eye, And I sailed for Castle Garden all alone.
I am an honest Irish lad, of work I'm not afraid, If it's pleasant to you I will sing and dance; Yes, I'll do anything you say, if you'll only name the day, When they'll give an honest Irish lad a chance. Dance.
When I landed in New York, I tried hard to get work, And I traveled through the streets from day to day, I went from place to place, with starvation in my face, But every place they want no help, they say. And still I wandered on, a-hoping to find one That would give a lad a chance to earn his bread, But then it's all the same, for I know I'm not to blame, And oftentimes I wished that I was dead. Chorus.
But I know I've one kind friend, who a helping hand will lend To a poor boy, and to help him on at home; I will bring my mother here and my little sister dear, And never more again from them to roam. I will try to do what's right, I will work both day and night, Yes, I'll do the very best I can And God will bless the heart that will take a poor boy's part, And make an honest Irish lad a man. Chorus.
Published by Mrs. PAULINE LIEDER, publisher of the Singers' Journal. Sheet Music, Ballads, Laughable Games, &c, No. 60 Chatham St, N.Y. Catalogue of Sheet Music, Jokes, Sketches, &c, sent on application.
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