The Night Paddy Murphy Died
The Night Paddy Murphy Died is a popular Newfoundland folk song. It was written by Johnny Burke (1851-1930), a popular St. John's balladeer, regarding the death of a man and the antics of his friends as they engage in a traditional Irish wake.
The song has been recorded by numerous artists, including Ryan's Fancy on their 1973 album Newfoundland Drinking Songs, The Irish Brigade on their 1991 album Are You Ready For This?, Darby O'Gill on their 2002 album Waitin' for a Ride, Drunk & Disorderly on their album Home By Way of the Gutter, Great Big Sea on their 1997 and 2000 albums Play and Road Rage, Fiddler's Green on their 2007 album Drive Me Mad!, by the Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra on their 2011 album Since Maggie Dooley Learned the Hooley Hooley and by Paddy Murphy (Austria) on the 2012 Album Dog's Dinner.
The song was also covered by The Mudmen on their 2012 album "Donegal Danny".