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I'm heading for a life in the land of the free
Sending every penny home to the family
Off to find fortunes that can't be bought
Now Paddy's struck down from a single shot

Paddy's struck down from a single shot!

They lured the men away...

  1. anonymous
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    Jul 14th 2011 report

    The Hardest Mile refers to Duffy's Cut, a length of railroad near Philadelphia, USA. The line was laid in 1832 by 57 Irish immigrant workers who subsequently vanished. They are believed to have died in a cholera epidemic and were found buried in a mass grave that was excavated in 2004. Some evidence suggests that some of the men were murdered, likely by anti-immigrant vigilantes.

  2. packrat
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    Mar 22nd 2011 report

    http://www.irishemigrant.com/ie/go.asp?p=story&storyID=6895

    This article says they were shot and did not die of sickness as had been thought.

  3. packrat
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    Mar 22nd 2011 report

    http://www.lowermerionhistory.org/texts/schmidtd/irish_cemetery.html

    According to this web page 50 to 57 Immigrant Irish Railroad worked died while building a 20 mile stretch of track west from Philadelphia and are buried in a cemetery alongside the tracks.

    The song says they were shot, the article says they died of Diphtheria.


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