LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY

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  • LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY
    “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” is a British music hall and marching song written by Jack
    Judge and Harry Williams (Henry James Williams), a song that, allegedly, was written for
    a 5 shilling bet in Stalybridge, on the 30 January 1912 and performed the next night at the
    local music hall. Jack’s parents were Irish, and his grandparents came from Tipperary.
    The song is often cited when documentary footage of World War I is presented. One
    example of its use is in the annual TV special Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
    Snoopy (who fancies himself a WWI flying ace) dances to a medley of WWI-era songs
    played by Schroeder. The title has been used in various humorous stories, where a
    disambiguation is the basis of the joke’s premise.
    The stories usually involve the purchase of a rare animal (a bird or a type of rabbit),
    called a “Rary”, which the story’s owner in the end is forced to get rid of because of some
    grave annoyance. This animal, unable to move all by itself can only roll around, and
    when its owner is forced to put away the animal, he travels a long way in order to tip it
    off a cliff, thereby triggering a comment from a passer-by who says: “That’s a long way to
    tip a Rary!”.
    Up to mighty London came an Irishman one day,
    As the streets were paved with gold, sure ev’ry one was gay,
    Singing songs of Piccadilly, Strand and Leicester Square,
    Till Paddy got excited, then he shouted to them there:
    It’s a long way to Tipperary,
    It’s a long way to go,
    It’s a long way to Tipperary,
    To the sweetest girl I know!
    Goodbye Piccadilly! Farewell Leicester Square!
    It’s a long, long way to Tipperary,
    But my heart’s right there!
    Paddy wrote a letter to his Irish Molly O’,
    Saying “Should you not receive it, write and let me know!
    If I make mistakes in spelling, Molly dear”, said he,
    “Remember it’s the pen that’s bad, don’t lay the blame on me”
    It’s a long way to Tipperary,
    It’s a long way to go,
    It’s a long way to Tipperary,
    To the sweetest girl I know!
    Goodbye Piccadilly! Farewell Leicester Square!
    It’s a long, long way to Tipperary,
    But my heart’s right there!
  • Molly wrote a neat reply to Irish Paddy O’,
    Saying “Mike Maloney wants to marry me, and so,
    Leave the Strand and Piccadilly, or you’ll be to blame,
    For love has fairly drove me silly – hoping you’re the same!”
    It’s a long way to Tipperary,
    It’s a long way to go,
    It’s a long way to Tipperary,
    To the sweetest girl I know!
    Goodbye Piccadilly! Farewell Leicester Square!
    It’s a long, long way to Tipperary,
    But my heart’s right there!