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It's a Long Way to Tipperary




Jack Judge & Harry Williams
dulcimer arr. Ruth Randle


What do you think of, when you think of war songs? Songs that inspire glorious deeds? Urge soldiers – and those at home – to have great courage? Be patriotic? If you are thinking of songs before the First World War, you would be correct. During WWI however, popular songs took a swing toward expressing the longing for home. Songs like “Keep the Home Fires Burning” and this month’s selection for the 135 website – “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”.


Jack Judge composed the piece the morning after accepting a 5-shilling bet that he could not write a song in a day and perform it at “The Grand” theatre that same evening. *Interestingly, he had promised his friend Harry Williams that if he ever wrote a best-selling song, he would put Harry's name on it also, which he did. This agreement arose because Harry often lent him money when trade was poor, during the time that Harry and his brother kept a small country pub and Jack had a daytime stall in the local fish market and was an entertainer in the evenings.


The Connaught Rangers – and Irish regiment – sang it as they marched through Boulogne on August 13, 1914. George Curnock of the Daily Mail heard them and reported it. Other regiments picked it up. It has been used in several films and even TV shows. It is often cited when documentary footage of World War I is presented. Snoopy danced to it as Schroeder played it on his little piano in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. It has even been translated into at least one foreign language – Kannada - one of the major Dravidian languages of India. Check the historical links below for even more interesting facts about this inspiring song.


Ruth has used the DF#A tuning to include several lovely “color chords” in this arrangement. We do hope you will enjoy it, as you think of Ireland during the month of March. Look for other Irish songs in our archives.


Your 1-3-5 team



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It's a Long Way to Tipperary.pdf


It's a Long Way to Tipperary.tef


It's a Long Way to Tipperary.mid


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