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Patrick Reilly

Emma Doyle

Patrick Reilly / Emma Doyle

Patrick Reilly, song (My name is Patrick Reilly and the truth I will make known …) This ballad relates the story of a certain Patrick Reilly, who plans to emigrate to America to seek his fortune. His sweetheart asks him not to leave, and then accuses him of attempted murder when he persists in his intent. Reilly is charged and sentenced to die. He never sees America.  Variants of this song exist throughout Newfoundland. For example, a version was published by Kenneth Peacock in Songs of the Newfoundland Outports 1 (1965:159–160). Another variant was collected by MacEdward Leach.

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Transcript of 'Patrick Reilly' as sung by Emma Doyle / Aidan O'Hara

Patrick Reilly, song (My name is Patrick Reilly and the truth I will make known …) A typed transcript based on Aidan O'Hara's field recording, with annotations and corrections by the collector.