Saturday, April 23, 2011

"The Night Pat Murphy Died"

For my Saturday "dash of happy" song, I've selected "The Night Pat Murphy Died", by Great Big Sea.  It might sound like an odd choice for a happy song, but I think it is, and I can't listen to it and not smile broadly.
Oh the night that Paddy Murphy died, is a night I'll never forget
Some of the boys got loaded drunk, and they ain't got sober yet;
As long as a bottle was passed around every man was feelin' gay
O'Leary came with the bagpipes, some music for to play

That's how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy
That's how they showed their honour and their pride;
They said it was a sin and shame and they winked at one another
And every drink in the place was full the night Pat Murphy died

They stopped the hearse on George Street outside Sundance Saloon
They all went in at half past eight and staggered out at noon
They went up to the graveyard, so holy and sublime
Found out when they got there, they'd left the corpse behind!

And thinking about it, that's exactly how I want to be sent off. All my friends and loved ones drinking, telling stories and jokes at my expense, singing, dancing, and making love.  If you've got bagpipes, bring 'em.  Give me a proper rollicking send-off.  And I'm certain my friends will really do this.

We'll meet again somewhere down the road, and there will always be more time for drinking, dancing, singing, loving.  I think that's a happy thought.


  1. I love this song! Such an awesome song. And I'm glad I saw them in concert too :-D

  2. that IS a happy thought, indeed. a wonderful sendoff. :-)

  3. This is fun! I couldn't help but smile as I listened to this song...

  4. LOVE THAT SONG!! You need to go get their live CD - Road Rage.. the live version of that one really rocks!!