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Jim Dixon Origin: Stone outside Dan Murphy's Door (Patterson (17) Lyr Add: THE STONE OUTSIDE DAN MURPHY'S DOOR 24 Feb 20


The Kenneth S. Goldstein Collection of broadside ballads at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) contains a broadside with the following lyrics. You can see it here. Unfortunately, no date is given, and no songwriter is credited, but there seems to be a printer's name at the bottom: "Nicholson, Printers, 26 Church Lane, Belfast." As many significant words are different from other versions posted at Mudcat, I have boldfaced them. Note that verse 1 line 7 now has an internal rhyme, like the corresponding line in other verses, which gives this version some credibility, in my opinion.


THE STONE OUTSIDE DAN MURPHY'S DOOR

1. There's a neat garden spot in my memory.
The place I was born and reared.
'Tis long years ago since I left there,
I'll
return if my life it is spared.
To all my friends and companions
Who
assemble each night near the store.
Around Dan Murphy's shop, we often stopped
As
the stone stood outside of the door.

CHORUS: These days in my heart I will cherish,
Contented although I am poor,
And the songs that we sung in the days when we were young
On the stone outside Dan Murphy's door.

2. Now, boys, when our day's work is over,
In the winter or summer the same.
The boys and the girls they'd assemble
And
join in some innocent game.
Dan Murphy would bring down his fiddle
While the daughter looked after the store.
The music would ring to the songs we would sing
On the stone outside Dan Murphy's door. CHORUS

3. My thoughts often recalls back my memory,
To the scenes of my childhood at home,
The friends and companions I left there.
It was poverty forced me to roam.
But since in this world I have prospered,
My heart it rejoices as of yore,
My memory does
fly to the days that's gone by,
And the stone outside Dan Murphy's door. CHORUS


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