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Jim I Origins: Rambling Irishman (not Lough Erne) (2) Origins: Rambling Irishman (not Lough Erne) 25 Sep 06

I've been singing this song for years since learning it from my aunt. Now I'm trying to find where it came from. It's obviously similar to the better known "Lough Erne" version but does anyone have any more info?

It's sung to a very up-beat "Spancil Hill"

I am a rambling Irishman
And I've travelled the country o'er
In search of an occupation
I never had before.
I formed a resolution
And thought it a very good plan
To take a trip to Amerikay
As a rambling Irishman
Chorus:   (diddling)

When I landed in Philadelphia
The girls all jumped with joy.
Said one unto the other
"There goes an Irish boy."
They wanted me to dine with them
And took me by the hand
And they took a burly round the room
To honour this Irishman.

Oh! daughter, dearest daughter
What's this you are going to do?
To fall in love with an Irishman
A man you never knew
Well he'll work for you and he'll toil for you
He'll do the best he can,
And I know I'll never regret the day
I married an Irishman.

While on the subject I found a site listing all Ewan McColl's compositions including one called "The Rambling Irishman". I presume this is different again?

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