“Bonny Garrydoo”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1939 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: emigration home
Found in: Ireland

Description

On March 1, 1845, the singer leaves his comrades in Garrydoo. He crosses the seas (? or to Ballydoo?). He joins (departs?) a Masonic lodge, where McCracken is the master; there are 31. He praises the Orangemen and their girls, "Orange flowers."

Notes

This is a confusing song. Does the singer leave Garrydoo, or come there? If he started and ended there, why did he go to sea? Is he a Mason or a patriot? Did he join before or after sailing? I can't tell. - RBW

References

  1. SHenry H800, p. 164, "Bonny Garrydoo" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #13473
  3. BI, HHH800