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
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.