“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

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.


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