Goodbye Mrs Durkin lyrics

by The Irish Rovers

Goodbye Mrs. Durkin, I'm sick and tired of workin'.
No more I'll dig the praties, no longer I'll be poor.
But as sure as my name is Barney, I'm off to Californy.
Instead of digging praties, I'll be digging lumps of gold.

In the days that I was courtin', I was never tired resortin'
To the alehouse and the playhouse, and the other house besides.
But I told my brother Seamus, "I'll be off now and grow famous
And before that I return again, I'll roam the whole world wide."

So, it's goodbye Mrs. Durkin, I'm sick and tired of workin'.
No more I'll dig the praties, no longer I'll be poor.
But as sure as my name is Barney, I'm off to Californy.
Instead of digging praties, I'll be digging lumps of gold.

Well, I've courted girls in Blarney, in Antrim and Killarney,
In Dublin and in Kerry, down to the coves of Cork.
But I'm tired of all this pleasure, so now I'll take my leisure.
And the next time that you hear from me, I'll write you from new York.

So, it's goodbye Mrs. Durkin, I'm sick and tired of workin'.
No more I'll dig the praties, no longer I'll be poor.
But as sure as my name is Barney, I'm off to Californy.
Instead of digging praties, I'll be digging lumps of gold.

When I landed in America, I met a man named Burke.
He told me if I'd stay a while, he'd surely find me work.
But work he didn't find me, so there's nothing here to bind me.
I'm bound for San Francisco, in Califor-ni-yay!

Da da da da da da dee da... (Chorus)

Well, I'm now in San Francisco, and me fortune it is made.
My pockets loaded down with gold, I'll throw away me spade.
I'll go back to dear old Erin, spend me fortune never carin'.
I'll marry Queen Victori', Mrs. Durkin for to spite.

So, it's goodbye Mrs. Durkin, I'm sick and tired of workin'.
No more I'll dig the praties, no longer I'll be poor.
But as sure as my name is Barney, I'm off to Californy.
Instead of digging praties, I'll be digging lumps of gold.

Song Details

The Irish Rovers
The Irish Rovers

Author: Unknown

Music: Traditional tune - 'Cailíní deasa Mhuigheo' (pretty girls of Mayo) - a popular reel from the 19th century.

Brief: The song was originally called 'Mursheen Durkin' and was changed to Goodbye Mrs Durkin by The Irish Rovers. It is about a man emigrating from Ireland to find his fortune mining gold in California.

References:
California - pronounced Californy.
America - pronounced Americay
Pratie - potatoes
the other house - a brothel

No 1 Hit: In 1966 Johnny McEvoy recorded the song as Mursheen Durkin reaching No. 1 on the Irish charts and staying there for 3 consecutive weeks.

Category: Irish Folk Song

Other Popular Recording Artists: Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, The Pogues, Four to the Bar, The Dubliners, The Poxy Boggards, Golden Bough, The Molly's, Off Kilter, The Wolfe Tones, Darby O'Gill, 1916.

Logo Goodbye Mrs Durkin is featured on the album The Best Of The Irish Rovers (March 9, 1999).

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