“Paddy West”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1951
Keywords: sailor humorous shanghaiing
Found in: US(MA) Britain(England)


The singer stops at Paddy West's (boarding)-house. Paddy offers him a (bad) meal and induces him to go to sea. Paddy assures the recruit is qualified by sending him three times "around the horn" of a cow and having him furl the royal of the window blind


Hugill claimed Paddy West was a real person, living probably on Great Howard Street in Liverpool. But he offers no further details. For the not-very-savory history of boarding masters in general, see the notes to "Dixie Brown" [Laws D7]. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Doerflinger, pp. 113-114, "Paddy West" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Hugill, pp. 335-336, "Paddy West" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, pp. 250-251]
  4. Roud #3092
  5. BI, Doe113