It's a long way to Tipperary


Up to mighty London came an Irishman one day
The streets were paved with gold, everyone was gay
Singing songs in Piccadilly and Leicester Square
Paddy got excited, and shouted to them there

It’s a long way to Tipperary, it’s a long way to go
It’s a long way to Tipperary, to the sweetest girl I know
Goodbye Piccadilly, farewell Leicester Square
It’s a long, long way to Tipperary, but my heart lies there

Paddy wrote a letter to his Irish Molly O’
Saying, ‘If you don’t receive it, write and let me know
If I make mistakes in the spelling’ said he
‘Remember, the pen is bad, so don’t go blaming me’

Tipperary 1

Songs of Tiperary


This was the most popular song among soldiers of the First World War. It’s first public performence was in 1912 by Jack Judge at the Grand Theatre in Stalybridge.

In 1924 Jack Judge claimed sole credit for the song, allegedly writing it for a 5 shilling bet in Stalybridge on 30 January 1912. However, the tune and most of the lyrics already existed in the form of a manuscript ‘It’s A Long Way to Connemara’. This manuscript was co-written by Harry Williams and Jack Judge. The writing partners split the royalties for ‘It’s a Long, Long, Way to Tipperary’ until Harry Williams sold his royalties to Jack Judge in 1915.




Song Themes

World War 1