Albert Farrington – It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

I have always had a liking for songs that became famous because of war or a battle.”It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” is a British music hall and marching song written by Jack Judge. It was allegedly written for a 5 shilling bet in Stalybridge on 30 January 1912 and performed the next night at the local music hall. Judge’s parents were Irish, and his grandparents came from Tipperary.

During the First World War the Irish regiment the Connaught Rangers were witnessed singing this song as they marched through Boulogne on 13 August 1914 by the Daily Mail correspondent George Curnock, who reported the event in that newspaper on 18 August 1914. The song was then picked up by other units of the British Army. In November 1914 it was recorded by the well-known tenor John McCormack, which helped contribute to its worldwide popularity.

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6 Responses to Albert Farrington – It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

  1. MadMike

    August 7, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I love this and thanks for the background Jody.

  2. rockync

    August 7, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Excellent! I too have always had a soft spot for the old war songs/marches. They usually speak of valor and yearning and somehow, the sense that life will prevail even in the darkest of times.
    Nice background piece.

  3. osori

    August 7, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Jody,
    Another song I’d of so many times but heard for the first time!

  4. Mother Hen

    August 7, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I think of a bunch of old mustache-twirling Brits in safari hats standing on tiger rugs reminiscing about the old days when I hear old marches.

  5. Gwendolyn H. Barry

    August 7, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    My fav “war song” is still Country Joe and the Fish…. you know, “one, two, three, what r we fighting for?”

    Interesting history! Enjoyed that.

  6. Teeluck

    August 7, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Loved it!