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Wikipedia article

'"Down Went McGinty"' (sometimes referred to as '"Down Went Dan McGinty"'[http://www.fresnostate.edu/folklore/ballads/SRW134.html Down Went McGinty], at The Traditional Ballad Index Version 4.5, compiled by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle; at California State University, Fresno; retrieved April 26, 2019 and '"Down Went M'Ginty"')[https://www.rbhayes.org/manuscripts/sheet-music-holdings/ Sheet Music Holdings] at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library; retrieved April 26, 2019 is an 1889 song written by Joseph Flynn.[https://elections.harpweek.com/1892/cartoon-1892-Medium.asp?UniqueID=8&Year=1892 Trying to Raise McGinty from the Bottom of the Sea], at 'Harper's Weekly' Explore History; retrieved April 26, 2019 It was first performed by Flynn and his partner Frank Sheridan, at Hyde and Behman's Theater in Brooklyn.[https://books.google.ca/books?id=XFnfnKg6BcAC&pg=PA1013&lpg=PA1013&dq=%22dan+mcginty%22+song&source=bl&ots=5wrHpSxdE4&sig=ACfU3U27ykMH3ue156S--a7aNH0z1Nxexg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi_lbi2ne7hAhVsx1kKHTQvCDUQ6AEwDXoECGAQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22dan%20mcginty%22%20song&f=false Vaudeville old & new: an encyclopedia of variety performances in America], p. 1013, entry 'Sheridan & Flynn'; by Frank Cullen, Florence Hackman, Donald McNeilly; published 2007 by Psychology Press The lyrics depict the misadventures of a stereotypically "naive and pugnacious"Sigmund Spaeth, in 'Read 'em and Weep', pp. 151-52, as cited in [https://books.google.ca/books?id=cn2OnW2_PgwC&pg=PA231&lpg=PA231&dq=%22dan+mcginty%22+song&source=bl&ots=N70DvOeayW&sig=ACfU3U1sSqcGaqgU7ZBVQr1vpJqs6d6HRA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi_lbi2ne7hAhVsx1kKHTQvCDUQ6AEwDHoECF8QAQ#v=onepage&q=%22dan%20mcginty%22%20song&f=false "Our Landlady"] by L. Frank Baum (glossary by Nancy Tystad Koupal; published 1996 by University of Nebraska Press) Irishman named Dan McGinty; the last verse describes his suicide by drowning: "Down went McGinty / to the bottom of the sea".

Film historian Jeff Jaeckle has described McGinty's actions as "conform(ing) to contemporaneous anti-Irish prejudice".[https://books.google.ca/books?id=waYkDQAAQBAJ&pg=PA239&lpg=PA239&dq=%22dan+mcginty%22+song&source=bl&ots=MVDc1toZj9&sig=ACfU3U2PlJ1gyxMqZxauUcIFMbEN6eSqcQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi_lbi2ne7hAhVsx1kKHTQvCDUQ6AEwCXoECGEQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22dan%20mcginty%22%20song&f=false ReFocus: The Films of Preston Sturges], by Jeff Jaeckle, published 2015 by Edinburgh University Press


In addition to Flynn and Sheridan, early performers of the song included Dan W. Quinn (who produced the first recorded version) and Maggie Cline.


's political future to McGinty

Sunday morning just at nine

Dan McGinty dressed so fine,

Stood looking at a very high stone wall,

When his friend, young Pat McCann,

Says, Ill bet five dollars, Dan,

I could carry you to the top without a fall.

So on his shoulders he took Dan,

to climb the ladder he began,

And soon commenced to reach up near the top;

When McGinty, cute old rogue,

To win the five he did let go,

Never thinking just how far hed have to drop.

'Down' went McGinty to the bottom of the wall,

And tho he won the five,

he was more dead than alive;

Sure his ribs and nose and back were broke from getting such a fall,

Dressed in his best suit of clothes.

From the hospital Mac went home,

When they fixed his broken bones,

To find he was the father of a child;

So to celebrate it right,

his friends he went to invite,

And soon he was drinking whiskey fast and wild.

Then he waddled down the street

in his Sunday suit so neat,

Holding up his head as proud as John the Great;

But in the sidewalk was a hole,

to receive a ton of coal,

That McGinty never saw till just too late.

'Down' went McGinty to the bottom of the hole,

Then the driver of the cart

gave the load of coal a start;

And it took us half an hour to dig McGinty from the coal,

Dressd in his best suit of clothes.

Now McGinty raved and swore,

About his clothes he felt so sore,

And an oath he took hed kill the man or die;

So he tightly grabbed his stick

and hit the driver a lick,

Then he raised a little shanty on his eye.

But two policemen saw the muss,

And they soon joined in the fuss,

Then they ran McGinty in for being drunk;

And the Judge says with a smile,

We will keep you for a while,

In a cell to sleep upon a prison bunk.

'Down' went McGinty to the bottom of the jail,

Where his board would cost him nix,

and he stayd exactly six;

They were big long months he stoppd, for no one went his bail,

Dressed in his best suit of clothes.

Now McGinty, thin and pale,

one fine day got out of jail,

And with joy to see his boy was nearly wild;

To his house he quickly ran

To see his wife, Bedaley Ann,

But she skippd away and took along the child.

Then he gave up in despair

And he madly pulled his hair,

As he stood one day upon the river shore;

Knowing well he couldn't swim,

he did foolishly jump in,

Although water he had never took before.

'Down' went McGinty to the bottom of the sea,

And he must be very wet

for they havent found him yet;

But they say his ghost comes round the docks

Before the break of day,

Dressed in his best suit of clothes.

Popular culture

References to McGinty were common for decades after the song's introduction,[https://books.google.ca/books?id=cn2OnW2_PgwC&pg=PA231&lpg=PA231&dq=%22dan+mcginty%22+song&source=bl&ots=N70DvOeayW&sig=ACfU3U1sSqcGaqgU7ZBVQr1vpJqs6d6HRA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi_lbi2ne7hAhVsx1kKHTQvCDUQ6AEwDHoECF8QAQ#v=onepage&q=%22dan%20mcginty%22%20song&f=false "Our Landlady"] by L. Frank Baum (glossary by Nancy Tystad Koupal; published 1996 by University of Nebraska Press) with the song being used as the basis for characters by, among others, Preston Sturges (in 'The Great McGinty'), L. Frank Baum, and James T. Farrell.'Gas-house McGinty', by James T. Farrell, 1946


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