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It's A Long Way To Tipperary

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Note that this song is not really Irish, but comes from the English music hall tradition. Written by Irishman Jack Judge, who never spent time in Ireland. It was a hit in London first, then adopted as a marching song by the British army. One of the best-known soldier's songs these days, ranking up there with "Lily Marleen" and "Colonel Bogey" (the "River Kwai March").

It's A Long Way To Tipperary

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It's a long way to Tipperary,
It's a long, long way to go.
It's a long way to Tipperary
To the sweetest girl I know.
Goodbye Piccadilly,
Farewell Leicester Square,
It's a long long way to Tipperary,
But my heart lies there.

Up to mighty London came
An Irish lad one day,
All the streets were paved with gold,
So everyone was gay!
Singing songs of Piccadilly,
Strand, and Leicester Square,
'Til Paddy got excited and
He shouted to them there:

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Paddy wrote a letter
To his Irish Molly O',
Saying, "Should you not receive it,
Write and let me know!
If I make mistakes in spelling,
Molly dear", said he,
"Remember it's the pen, that's bad,
Don't lay the blame on me".

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Molly wrote a neat reply
To Irish Paddy O',
Saying, "Mike Maloney wants
To marry me, and so
Leave the Strand and Piccadilly,
Or you'll be to blame,
For love has fairly drove me silly,
Hoping you're the same!"

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