“Finnegan's Wake”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1861 (broadside, LOCSinging sb40523b)
Keywords: injury drink fight party
Found in: US(MW) Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland

Description

Tim Finnegan, never entirely sober, falls from a ladder and cracks his head. Taken home unconscious, his wife holds a wake that soon gets out of control. Splashed with whiskey, Tim awakens and resents being thought dead

Notes

Broadside LOCSinging sb40523b: H. De Marsan dating per _Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song_ by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS

Same tune

Cross references

Broadsides

Recordings

References

  1. Laws Q17, "Tim Finnegan's Wake" [Laws Q17]
  2. Eddy 146, "Tim Finnegan's Wake" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
  3. Gardner/Chickering 169, "Finnigan's Wake" (1 text)
  4. Creighton-NovaScotia 86, "Tim Finnigan's Wake" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. O'Conor, p. 136, "Tim Finigan's Wake" (1 text)
  6. OLochlainn 91, "Finnegan's Wake" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Hodgart, p. 219, "Finnegan's Wake" (1 text)
  8. Gilbert, p. 120, "Finnegan's Wake" (1 partial text)
  9. Silber-FSWB, p. 232, "Finnegan's Wake" (1 text)
  10. DT 528, FINNWAKE*
  11. ADDITIONAL: Frank Harte _Songs of Dublin_, second edition, Ossian, 1993, pp. 28-29, "Finnegan's Wake" (1 text, 1 tune)
  12. Roud #1009
  13. BI, LQ17