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 Post subject: P stands for Paddy
PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 3:57 pm 
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I just don't get this song. I love it, but I don't quite understand it. P for Paddy, J for Johnny, and W for false William. Is there some sort of significance between these letters? The only thing clear about this song is that Johnny is the fairest one.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:46 pm 
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D stands for Drunk as in "Drunk songwriter"?

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That's a good question. Mudcat also has a version called
"T Stands for Thomas", so I suspect there is no other
significance to the letters. I think the context is that the
woman has lost Johnny so she's musing over other men
"Paddy's OK but boring, and Willie's a jerk. Man, I sure
miss my love Johnny."

There are kids songs I'm sure I've heard from jump-ropers
that throw out random letters like that.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:17 pm 
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fearfaoin wrote:
That's a good question. Mudcat also has a version called
"T Stands for Thomas", so I suspect there is no other
significance to the letters. I think the context is that the
woman has lost Johnny so she's musing over other men
"Paddy's OK but boring, and Willie's a jerk. Man, I sure
miss my love Johnny."

I always figured that there was nothing more to it than that, myself. It's just a way to deal with the matter of crafting lyrics.

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She's choosing between suiters.

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s1m0n wrote:
She's choosing between suiters.

Right.

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ahhh, ok. Thanks for clearing that. I thought that was it, but I wasn't sure if I was missing a hidden meaning or something.

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They make suits? Ah, suitors!...

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Innocent Bystander wrote:
They make suits? Ah, suitors!...

Someone had to say it. :wink:

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It's just basically a nonsense chorus added to the song, no? (Altan sings a version without the chorus, for instance.) The verses don't name the characters at all.

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Meh. C is for Cookie and that's good enough for me.

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