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Its a LongTipperary

#1
It's a Long Way to Tipperary is a British music hall song written by Jack Judge and co-credited to, but not co-written by, Henry James "Harry" Williams.[1][2] It was allegedly written for a 5 shilling bet in Stalybridge on 30 January 1912 and performed the next night at the local music hall. Judge's parents were Irish, and his grandparents came from Tipperary.[3] It became popular among soldiers in the First World War and is remembered as a song of that war. Wiki
Apparently today is the 100th anniversary of the writing of this song, I think it is the most evocative song ever written that is associated wit the British Army. How many lads marched up to the front lines singing this and never marched back.
Anyway have a listen if you want.

John McCormack - It's A Long Way To Tipperary - YouTube
 

TheIronDuke

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#3
Yeah. The bird told me of this when I woke up today. She listens to radio 4, bless her. One hundred years ago was dark times and you would want a cheery tune on your lips as you marched towards the Hun.

Anybody know when the anniversary of 'Remember you're a Womble' is? That was proper evocative.
 
#4
Here's one for the historians, it tells the story of the writing of Tipperary and makes interesting listening.

[video=youtube;6ZHLv0ffeRA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZHLv0ffeRA[/video]
 
#5
It's the Tipperary Pub in Fleet St not the town in Ireland. Goodbye Piccadilly, farewell Leicester Sq. I drank it dry once. I was waiting for Temple Church to open and went in the Tipperary for a cider, had a pint drank it, asked for a half and they couldn't provide it as they had run out. That's my claim to fame
 
#7
It's the Tipperary Pub in Fleet St not the town in Ireland. Goodbye Piccadilly, farewell Leicester Sq. I drank it dry once. I was waiting for Temple Church to open and went in the Tipperary for a cider, had a pint drank it, asked for a half and they couldn't provide it as they had run out. That's my claim to fame
Did they give you the drinks for free because you have shiny pixelated internet medals?
 
#11
It's the Tipperary Pub in Fleet St not the town in Ireland. Goodbye Piccadilly, farewell Leicester Sq. I drank it dry once. I was waiting for Temple Church to open and went in the Tipperary for a cider, had a pint drank it, asked for a half and they couldn't provide it as they had run out. That's my claim to fame
No it definitely is not.

Can you prove that?
 
#17
The OP has accurately described the story as related in the R4 story less the bit where the author was inspired by a remark made by a drunk. The drunk when offered assistance to get home responded - "It's a long, long way......." Tipperary Arms ? my white Irish arrse...................
 
#18
The song's clearly not about a pub in London since it's an Irishman remembering the girl he loves (Molly O wasn't it?) and he's left behind.

No idea what Dunkirk's got to do with it though.