The American Railway

Interesting Facts about The American Railway

“The American Railway” is the shore version of the shanty ” Paddy Works On The Railway”.Most collectors think it started its life as a music-hall song, however, Richard Runciman Terry disagrees with this opinion. The land version was also sung by the early railroad workers of Young America around the forties and fifties of the nineteenth century. This song will be reconstructed as the shore song.

The source of  this song

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 337).
The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 337).

The Record

You also can find this record on my YouTube channel here or directly listen below. Additionally, if you want to share your opinion about the record or share your opinion you can do it in my Facebook forum here, or leave a comment at the bottom of this blog article.

The American Railway - Shore Song

The musical notation

The American Railway - music notation

The full lyrics

The American Railway

In eighteen hundred an’ sixty one,
The ‘Merican Railway was begun,
The ‘Mericun Railway was begun,
The Great American Railway,

– Filimi, oree, airee ay, oh,
– fillimi. oree, airee ay,
– fillimi. oree, airee ay,
– Poor Paddy works on the railway.

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