Paddywhack – also known asPaddy Whack, Paidin an
Bualadoir, Paddy Wack, Paddy O’Whack, Tommy Reck’s, When
history's muse, Whoope! doe me nee harm good man, The
Green Joke, Harp that in Darkness, Little Peggy's, and
The Pig under the pot – is a traditional Irish tune.
A Paddy is still used by the English to refer to the
Irish. In Francis Grose’s 1785 book “Dictionary
of the Vulgar Tongue” the term paddywhack is
one that refers to a brawny Irishman. The verse quoted
in the dictionary is this:
ago turned soldier;
and sack, in front attack,
other can be bolder.