Mudcat Café message #3609131 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #30772   Message #3609131
Posted By: Jim Dixon
12-Mar-14 - 01:26 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Dear Old Skibbereen
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Dear Old Skibbereen
The Wearing of the Green Song Book, dated 1869 (mentioned by Goose Gander above), can now be seen at Google Books, and it contains the lyrics to OLD SKIBBEREEN. [Click for title page.] I haven't compared word for word, but I assume the lyrics are the same as those posted by Goose Gander above (although we aren't certain those lyrics came from the same edition; we know that several editions were published).

This pushes back the origin of the song a bit.

Complete citation:

The Wearing of the Green Song Book (Boston: Patrick Donahoe, 1869), page 208. [No author or editor of the book is named as such; presumably the publisher is also the editor. The song is credited to Patrick Carpenter.]