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"I'll Always Be Irish" is the sixth song of the 1967 Disney film The Happiest Millionaire, written by the Academy Award-winning songwriting team of Richard Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.

Lyrics

John:
On the night before I sailed away, they come from far and near
All me friends and all me kin had shared a parting tear
We knew we never meet again, and yet was clear to see
I'd always be a part of them and them a part of me

I'll always be Irish
'cause that's how I began
I'll always be Irish
I'll say that to any man
And when I'm an American
I'll be a good one too
I'll be truly as American as Irish stew

Cordy and Anthony:
He'll be truly as American as Irish stew

John: (spoken)
Ask for Irish stew in Ireland and see what you'll get. In Ireland, all the stew is Irish!

(sung)
I'll always be Irish
A fact I'll not deny
I'll always be Irish
And I'll hold me head up high
I'll wear the greens on Patty's Day
And it weren't all of that
I'll be truly as American as Casey At The Bat

Cordy and Anthony:
He'll be truly as American as Casey At The Bat

(dance break)

John:
If I went to Tibet, I've got me a yak
And trapped in Siberia riding his back
The peasant (*don't know lyrics*) What would they say?
(mock Chinese gibberish) Irishman?

Cordy and Anthony:
Right!

John:
Now. What if I went to Spain and grew a mustache
Strung the guitar and worn me a sash
Became a toreador and fought me a bull?
(spoken)
Heheheheheh
After one in both ears and the tail, what would they say?

Cordy and Anthony:
Ole! We'll always be Irish
John Lawless:
I'll shout it good and loud
Cordy and Anthony
We'll always be Irish
John:
Mother's heritage be proud
I'm proud of Irish blarney
And Irish sentiment
And I'll bet someday we'll get an Irish president

All:
And I'll bet someday we'll get an Irish president

v - e - d
Happiest Millionaire logo
Media
The Happiest MillionaireSoundtrack
Characters
Anthony Biddle • Cordelia Biddle • Aunt Mary • John Lawless • Mrs. Duke • Mrs. Worth • Cordy Biddle • Angie Duke • Tony Biddle • Liv Biddle
Songs
FortuosityWhat's Wrong With That?Watch Your FootworkValentine CandyStrengthen the DwellingI'll Always Be IrishBye-Yum Pum PumAre We Dancing?I Believe in This CountryDetroitWhen a Man Has a DaughterThere Are ThoseLet's Have a Drink on ItIt Won't Be Long 'til ChristmasOff Rittenhouse Square
Locations
PhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaMichigan
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