Murphy’s First Night In New York (1904)
by Clancy O’Lafferty
She was an O’Flannigan girl
Murphy thought he would give her a whirl
He was fresh off the boat and his x he had wrote
And he wandered around like a fool
He said to her what is your name?
“I’m Kitty O’Flannigan babe
And you just come ashore now in 1904
From the Emerald Isle I perceive.”
He said, “What you said is so true!
And how could this be known to you?
Sure and by gory and so goes the story
O’Flannigans look and see through!”
He met up with Eire men mates
“A fine Irish girl is me date!”
And that night when they met her
They’ll never forget
She was black as the aces of spades!
When he stepped out to water his horse
They thought they should give him a course
On all of the things that’ll make a man spring
On the cold winter streets of New York
They told him, “You’ll have to shell out
For an hour with that woman you lout!
But Murphy replied, “That’s fine, that’s fine
She’s O’Flannigan without a doubt!”
Copyright Maurie Nord 2014