If It Wasn't for the Irish and the Jews

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"If It Wasn't for the Irish and the Jews" is a song written in 1912 by the Tin Pan Alley duo William Jerome and Jean Schwartz.[1][2] The lyrics reflect a common theme in comic songs of the era: the pairing of disparate ethnic groups, especially Irish and Jews.[3][4]


  1. ^ Joseph Lee; Marion R. Casey (2006). Making the Irish American: history and heritage of the Irish in the United States. NYU Press. p. 196. ISBN 0-8147-5208-X. 
  2. ^ Mick Moloney (2002). Far from the Shamrock Shore: The Story of Irish-American Immigration Through Song. Collins. pp. 36–37. ISBN 978-0609607206. 
  3. ^ George Bornstein (2011). The Colors of Zion. Harvard University Press. p. 152. ISBN 978-0-674-05701-2. 
  4. ^ Barrett, James R. (2012). The Irish Way: Becoming American in the Multiethnic City. Penguin. p. 176. ISBN 978-1-101-56059-4. 

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