P Stands for Paddy, I Suppose

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This example of "P Stands for Paddy" is performed by Mary Smith.
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This song was popularized by Planxty (sung by Johnny Moynihan) in the 1970's and appears on their album Cold Blow and the Rainy Night (available from the Chivalry Music store).  It repeats some of the themes of the songs "The Verdant Braes of Skreen" and "The Month of January".

The melody takes an A-B form (similar to a dance tune) . In the Planxty version, they don't adhere strictly to the A-B form in that they left out the B part after two A parts (noted with * below), possibly so it wasn't quite as redundant.

As I roved out one May morning,
To take a pleasant walk;
I sat myself down upon an old stone wall,
To hear two lovers talk.

To hear what they might say, my dear,
To hear what they might say;
That I might know a little more about love,
Before I go away.

P stands for Paddy, I suppose,
J for my love, John;
And W stands for false Willie-O,
But Johnny is the fairest man.

* Johnny is the fairest man, my dear,
Johnny is the fairest man;
And I don't care what anybody says,
Johnny is the fairest man.

Come sit you down beside me, he said,
Together on the green;
For it's a long three-quarters of a year or more,
Since together we have been.

* Since together we have been, my dear,
Since together we have been
It's a long three quarters of a year or more,
Since together we have been

I'll not sit down beside you, she said,
Now or no other time;
For I hear you have another little girl,
And your heart's no longer mine.

No, your heart's no longer mine, my dear,
Your heart's no longer mine;
For it's just three-quarters of a year or more,
Your heart's no longer mine.

P stands for Paddy, I suppose,
J for my love, John;
And the W stands for false Willie-O,
But Johnny is the fairest man.

Johnny is the fairest man, my dear,
Johnny is the fairest man;
And I don't care what anybody says,
Johnny is the fairest man.

Now, I'll go up the tall, tall tree,
And rob the wild bird's nest;
And when I come down, I'll give a little love [gift],
To the girl that I love best.

To the girl that I love best, my dear,
The girl that I love best;
And when I come down, I'll give a little love [gift],
To the girl that I love best.

P stands for Paddy, I suppose,
J for my love, John;
And the W stands for false Willie-O,
But Johnny is the fairest man.

Johnny is the fairest man, my dear,
Johnny is the fairest man;
And now I know a little more about love,
Before I travel on.