Working on the Railway
        Traditional, arr by Theiss & O'Connor; new verse, words by Bill O'Connor, c. 2000

Known more popularly as "Paddy on the Railway" we chose this title to set it apart from the traditional arrangements. 

Album: One More Song/Theiss & O'Connor;  The Best of Barley Bree/Barley Bree;  Songs of Ireland, Volume 1/Various artists.

In eighteen hundred and forty one
My corduroy breeches I put on
My corduroy breeches I put on
To work upon the railway.

Billy-me-oo-ree-eye-ree-ae
Billy-me-oo-ree-eye-ree-ae
Billy-me-oo-ree-eye-ree-ae
To work upon the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-two
I left the old world for the new
I left the old world for the new
To work upon the railway.

Billy-me-oo...

The railway, Oh the railway
It's a dreary life indeed
Oh I spent my life and I risked my life
A-workin' on the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-three
I took a trip across the sea
I took a trip across the sea
To work upon the railway.

Bill-me-oo...

In eighteen hundred and forty-four
I traveled the land from shore to shore
I traveled the land from shore to shore
To work upon the railway.

Billy-me-oo...

It's "Paddy do this" and "Paddy do that"
Without a stocking or cravat
With nothing but an old straw hat
He worked upon the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-five
I found myself more dead than alive
I found myself more dead than alive
From workin' on the railway.

Billy-me-oo...

In eighteen hundred and forty-six
I changed my trade to carryin' bricks
I changed my trade to carryin' bricks
To work upon the railway.

Billy-me-oo...

The railway, Oh the railway...

In eighteen hundred and forty-seven
Paddy was thinkin' of goin' to heaven
Paddy was thinkin' of goin' to heaven
To work upon the railway.

Billy-me-oo...

In eighteen hundred and forty-eight
I learned to drink my whiskey straight
I learned to drink my whiskey straight
To work upon the railway.

Billy-me-oo...