Pat Malloy

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Title: Pat Malloy

Arranger: John P. Cooke

Lyricist: Dion Boucicault

Singer: Dan Bryant

Published: New York, 1865

Description: This piece was originally sung at Wallack's Theatre by Dan Bryant, who played the character of an Irish emigrant. Instead of playing into Irish-American stereotypes, as many songs did, Pat Malloy tells a story reflective of the actual Irish-American experiences: traveling to America to earn money to send back to relatives at home, who still struggled in the wake of the potato famine. The reason for this sympathetic portrayal is likely due to the fact that the lyrics were written by an Irish American. Despite its divergence from the more popularized images of the Irish at the time, it apparently debuted with immense success.