Pat Works on the Railway

From 1830 to 1850 more than 2 million Immigrants came to the United States and of these more than 40 percent were Irish. During this period many shortline railroads and canals were built and the Irish in particular made up the labor force that built them. "Pat Work on the Railway" tells of their trials. Versions of this song were sung by entertainers, seamen and Irish railroad workers as far away as England.

The Iron Road is a terrific website for learning about the American Railroad system and how it was first built.  

Another website, Railroads and their Musical Heritage, provides much information about the history of railroad songs.

© Dan LeJeune 2016