Poor Paddy Works on the Railway – lyrics and chords

The lyrics of Poor Paddy Works on the Railway date from the mid 19th century. The song was originally a sea shanty. The chords are presented here in the key of E Major. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys.

 
E 
In eighteen hundred and forty one
 
Me corduroy breeches  
B7 
I put on
 
Me  
E 
corduroy breeches I put on
 
To work up
B7 
on the  
E 
railway, 
 
 
B7 
the 
 
railway
 
I’m  
E 
weary of the  
A 
rail
E 
way
 
Poor Paddy works  
B7 
on the  
E 
railway.

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In eighteen hundred and forty-two
I didn’t know what I should do
I didn’t know what I should do
To work upon the railway, the railway
I’m weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway.

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In eighteen hundred and forty-three
I sailed away across the sea
I sailed away across the sea
To work upon the railway, the railway
I’m weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-four
I landed on Columbia’s shore
I landed on Columbia’s shore
To work upon the railway, the railway
I’m weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-five
When Daniel O’Connell he was alive
When Daniel O’Connell he was alive
To work upon the railway, the railway
I’m weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-six
I changed my trade to carrying bricks
I changed my trade to carrying bricks
For working on the railway
I’m weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-seven
Poor Paddy was thinking of going to Heaven
Poor Paddy was thinking of going to Heaven
To work upon the railway, the railway
I’m weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-eight,
I learned to take my whiskey straight
I learned to take my whiskey straight
To work upon the railway, the railway
I’m weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway.

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[E]In eighteen hundred and forty one
Me corduroy breeches [B7]I put on
Me [E] corduroy breeches I put on
To work up[B7]on the [E]railway, [B7]the railway
I’m [E]weary of the [A]rail[E]way
Poor Paddy works [B7]on the [E] railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-two
I didn’t know what I should do
I didn’t know what I should do
To work upon the railway, the railway
I’m weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-three
I sailed away across the sea
I sailed away across the sea
To work upon the railway, the railway
I’m weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-four
I landed on Columbia’s shore
I landed on Columbia’s shore
To work upon the railway, the railway
I’m weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-five
When Daniel O’Connell he was alive
When Daniel O’Connell he was alive
To work upon the railway, the railway
I’m weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-six
I changed my trade to carrying bricks
I changed my trade to carrying bricks
For working on the railway
I’m weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-seven
Poor Paddy was thinking of going to Heaven
Poor Paddy was thinking of going to Heaven
To work upon the railway, the railway
I’m weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway.

In eighteen hundred and forty-eight,
I learned to take my whiskey straight
I learned to take my whiskey straight
To work upon the railway, the railway
I’m weary of the railway
Poor Paddy works on the railway.

Poor Paddy Works on the Railway
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Poor Paddy Works on the Railway lyrics and chords

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