“P” Stands for Paddy, I Suppose

Here’s the recording that made this song popular in traditional circles.  There are other versions out there, but I think most would call this “the original” recording.

“P” Stands for Paddy, I Suppose

Chorus:
P stands for Paddy, I suppose
J for my love John,
And the W stands for false William
And 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,
But Johnny is the fairest man.

I walked out one May morning
For to take a pleasant walk,
I sat meself down on an old stone wall
To hear two lovers talk.

To hear what they might say, my dear,
For to hear what they might say
So that I might know a little more about love
Before I go away.

Chorus

“Come and sit you down beside meself,
Over here on the pleasant green,
For it’s been three quarters of a year or more
Since together we have been.”

“No, I’ll not sit by you,” says she,
“Not today nor at any other time!
For I hear you love another pretty girl,
And your heart’s no longer mine.

Your heart’s no longer mine, my dear,
No your heart’s no longer mine.
It’s been three quarters of a year-no more-
And your heart’s no longer mine.”

Chorus

I will climb a tall tall tree
And I’ll rob the wild bird’s nest.
Then I’ll come down with what I find there
To the arms that I like best.

To the arms that I like best, my dear,
To the arms that I like best.
Yes, I’ll climb right down and run straight home
To the arms that I like best.

Chorus

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.

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