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No Irish Need Apply / No Irish Wanted Here Lyrics And Guitar Chords sheet music notes. There are two song that deal with the issue of not employing Irish people in America in the 1800s. The first one No Irish Need Apply written in 1878 by John Poole. The second by The Wolfe Tones was most likely written in the 1860s as it mentions America needing help from the Irish to fight their wars.

Wolfe Tones Version - No Irish Wanted Here
[G]I am an irish labor[D7]er, both [G]hearty, [C]stout, and [D]strong,
[G]Idleness I [C]never [G]loved, to our [Bm]race it [Em]won't be[D7]long;
I have [G]still the strength and will to [D7]toil, for the [G]wants of [C]life are [D]dear,
But [D7]I'm told [G]whenever I [C]ask for [G]work, "No [Bm]Irish [D7]wante

You may think it a misfortune to be christened Pat or Dan,
But to me it is a blessing to be called an Irishman;
I may live to see the day, it will come, oh, never fear,
When ignorance gives way to sense and you'll welcome Irish here.

When your country was in danger a few short years ago,
You were not so particular then who would go and fight the foe;
When men were wanted in the ranks to preserve her rights so dear,
Among the bravest of the brave was our Irish volunteers.

Oh, let your hearts be generous, help Paddy from the wall,
For there's but one God above us who knows and loves us all;
I may live to see the day, it will come, oh, never fear,
When ignorance gives way to sense and you'll welcome Irish here

No Irish Need Apply Sheet Music
No Irish Need Apply Sheet Music

[C]I'm a decent boy just [C7]landed
From the [F]town of Bally[G7]fad
I [C]want a situ[F]ation,
And [C]want it very [G]bad
I [G7]have [C]seen employment [C7]advertised
It's [F]just the thing" says [G7]I
But the [C]dirty spalpeen [F]ended with
No [C]Irish [G7]Need Ap[C]ply' "

[C]"Whoa," says [F]I, "that's an insult
But to [C]get the job I'll try"
So I [D7]went to see the blackguard
With his "No [G]Irish [D7]Need A[G]pply"
[G7]Some do [C]count it a mis[C7]fortune
To be [F]christened Pat or [G7]Dan
But to [C]me it is an [F]honor
To be [G]born an [G7]Iris[C]hman

I started out to find the place,
I got it mighty soon
There I found the old chap seated
He was reading the Tribune
I told him what I came for
When he in a rage did fly
"No!" he says, "You are a Paddy
And no Irish need apply"

Then I gets my dander rising
And I'd like to black his eye,
But I cooled it down and asked himwhy
No Irish Need Apply
Some do think it a misfortune
To be christened Pat or Dan
But to me it is an honor
To be born an Irishman.

And says I to hime your ancesters
came over here like me,
To try and make a living
in this land of liberty
They were greeted here with dignity
And thought to reep and sow,
By the Indians who owned this land
They didn't tell you no,
But I'll get a job in spite of you
For I'm willing heart in hand,
Thank God there's better men than you
Oll over this great land.

Some do think it a misfortune
To be christened Pat or Dan
But to me it is an honor
To be born an Irishman.

And they say that in America
It always is the plan
That an Irishman is just as good
As any other man,
A home and hospitality
They never will deny
To strangers here forever say
No Irish need apply,
But there's some bad apples everywhere
A dirty lot says I,
And a decent man may never write
No Irish need apply.

Some do think it a misfortune
To be christened Pat or Dan
But to me it is an honor
To be born an Irishman.

Most Irishmen were not wanted in America during the 19th century, it was said the Irish were uneducated and thick, the truth was that where the Irish went they started trade unions to protect their rights and employers wanted nothing to do with the unions as they would have to pay an honest wage for an honest day's work. It might surprise some of the visitors to this site from overseas that this very same issue is alive and well in Ireland today, there are many employers in Ireland that wont employ Irish people. The employer will most likely hire one Irish person and the rest will be from abroad. You'll find this situation in most shops around Dublin, in fillings stations, hotels, distribution centers. One example is close to where I live where a certain multinational grocery distribution center has a workforce of 800 employees and only 10 are Irish. All these people are short of doing is placing a sign outside their premises stating ''No Irish Need Apply''  - Where Are The Unions Now ?

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